Month: February 2017
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) results from a germ line mutation in the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (APC) gene. FAP is an autosomal dominantly inherited disorder, which is characterized by the formation of numerous colorectal adenomatous polyps and leads to the cancer of the large intestine.
On 17 January 2016, a healthy man was declared brain-dead after receiving an experimental drug in a first-in-human trial in France. Four of five other subjects receiving the same dose have serious, ongoing neurological complications. Investigations into the trial described many troubling safety practices, such as steep increases in dose levels delivered to sequential subjects without sufficient delays to check for safety. In the wake of the tragedies, the French medicines safety agency (ANSM) ordered an examination of the information that the drug developer, Bial, based in Trofa, Portugal, had supplied to ethics committees and potential researchers before the trial. The report notes that the 63-page Investigator Brochure describing the trial included fewer than two pages of evidence that the drug had the desired pharmacological activity. It identified only two studies presented as evidence for efficacy, both problematic. A lack of emphasis on evidence for the efficacy of drug candidates is all too common in decisions about whether an experimental medicine can be tested in humans. There is a need to call for infrastructure, resources and better methods to rigorously evaluate the clinical promise of new interventions before testing them on humans for the first time, to ensure safety from bogus medicines.
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Cancer is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and one in every seven deaths is due to cancer. It has the worst incidence and mortality statistics. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer occur with mortality of 8.2 million worldwide. There are more than 100 types of cancer, and this article discusses the statistics related to breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.
Read more: Statistical Insight on Some Common Cancers
ALCMI, ALCF and Scancell partner to evaluate SCIB2 cancer vaccine for NSCLC
Sun looks to unload Ohm Labs New Jersey plants in manufacturing consolidation
Takeda and Ovid join forces to co-develop Drug for Rare Pediatric Epilepsies
Guardant and MD Anderson collaborate for liquid biopsy deal
Glooko and Ascensia integrate their offerings to boost diabetes management
Source: The Business Cocktail