September 18, 2017


In Algeria, taboos and law deter organ donors

By donating one of her kidneys, Nawel gave her husband Boubaker Ziani a new lease on life after he had undergone 16 years of dialysis.

But in Algeria and across the entire Maghreb in North Africa, many people continue to suffer or die because of the lack of donors.

Part of the problem lies with laws restricting the harvesting of human organs, coupled with cultural or religious"...

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September 18, 2017


IPF World Week 2017: Boehringer Ingelheim helps healthcare professionals to ‘listen for the sounds of IPF’

(AETOS Wire)-- IPF is a progressive and debilitating disease which causes continual and irreversible damage to the lungs.1 Early diagnosis is vital because without appropriate medical intervention, the opportunity to slow disease progression is lost. However, diagnosis can be challenging.1,2This year for IPF World Week (16-24 September), Boehringer Ingelheim is raising awareness of ‘the sounds of IPF’ helping physicians recognise the velcro-like crackle which can be heard"...

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September 18, 2017


CHMP positive opinion to include RE-CIRCUIT® data for atrial fibrillation patients undergoing catheter ablation in Pradaxa® Summary of Product Characteristics

  • The CHMP of the EMA has issued a positive opinion for an update of the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate)
  • The CHMP recommends to include data showing that catheter ablation can be conducted in patients on 150 mg twice daily Pradaxa®, without interrupting Pradaxa® treatment
  • In RE-CIRCUIT®, uninterrupted Pradaxa® showed less major bleeding than warfarin in atrial fibrillation patients undergoing catheter ablation


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September 17, 2017


Bioventus Announces First Patients Enrolled in BONES Study for EXOGEN®

(AETOS Wire) -- Bioventus, a global leader in orthobiologics, today announced the first patients have been enrolled in its BONES (Bioventus Observational Non-interventional EXOGEN Studies) clinical development program. BONES includes three observational, non-interventional, direct-to-patient studies designed to collect real world data on the use of the EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System. EXOGEN uses safe, effective low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to help stimulate the body’s natural bone healing process. The BONES studies will compare the incidence of fracture nonunions in patients utilizing EXOGEN with patients from a national health insurance claims database who received standard of care alone. The studies will include long and small bones of upper and lower extremities and the unique design of BONES was discussed with FDA during its development. Its primary endpoint is......

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September 16, 2017


Aspen to Acquire Remaining Anesthetics Portfolio from AstraZeneca for $766m

South African pharma-care giant Apsen Group will acquire the remaining rights to a portfolio of anesthetics from AstraZeneca after it agreed to sell its U.S rights to Aspen for $766 million on Thursday.

The deal will See Aspen pay $555 million upfront, with the remaining $211 million spread across performance-related payments.

AstraZeneca had previously sold all of its"...

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September 15, 2017


Boehringer Ingelheim receives positive CHMP opinion for adalimumab biosimilar CYLTEZO®

  • Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion for Cyltezo® (adalimumab biosimilar) for the treatment of multiple chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Recommendation based on extensive analytical, pharmacological, non –clinical & clinical data, which demonstrated similarity of Cyltezo® /BI 695501 to Humira®
  • Positive opinion follows the recent FDA approval of Cyltezo®1


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September 15, 2017


Global Foundation Launches to Accelerate an End to Smoking

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Secures Major 12 Year Funding Commitment;

Shares Initial Plans to Reduce Harm and Deaths from Smoking Worldwide

(AETOS Wire)-- With the goal of eliminating smoking worldwide, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World formally launched today in New York City. The Foundation is founded and led by Dr."...

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September 15, 2017


Two New Innovative Swiss Made EDOF IOLs for Cataract Surgery

(AETOS Wire)-- The company Swiss Advanced Vision (SAV-IOL SA) announced today the launch of LUCIDIS and EDEN, two new intraocular lenses (IOLs) for the cataract surgery, both using the Instant Focus EDOF patented technology. With a brand-new concept, LUCIDIS brings two major achievements for the monofocal market: extending the depth of focus on a monofocal lens while being the first affordable EDOF IOL. Thanks to its advanced refractive design, it allows an extension towards the near"...

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September 13, 2017


Life Line Screening Expands Product Base to DNA, Clinical Trials

(AETOS Wire)-- Life Line Screening, a leader in community-based preventive healthcare, is deepening its delivery model of face-to-face patient care to provide access to advanced precision medicine through DNA testing and clinical trials.

This expansion is a natural outcome of the company’s already rigorous research arm, which has resulted in dozens of papers and presentations that analyze the company’s"...

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September 13, 2017


Kaneka Eurogentec Announces the Construction of a New Large Scale Pharmaceutical Grade Biologics Manufacturing Facility

(AETOS Wire)-- Kaneka Eurogentec, a custom service and FDA inspected contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced today that its board has approved the construction of a new state of-the-art GMP facility adjacent to its current facility and equipped with a 2200 L fermenter. The expansion will allow for the large scale production of biopharmaceuticals including recombinant proteins, antibody fragments and plasmid DNA.


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