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Counterfeit Cancer Drug Circulating Throughout The US
2012-02-15 13:28:34

Roche Genentech is warning doctors and patients that counterfeit vials of its cancer drug Avastin have been distributed in the U.S. The fake drugs do not contain the key ingredient in Avastin, which is used to help treat cancers of the colon, lung, kidney and brain. A spokeswoman for Roche Genentech said the counterfeit drug has been distributed to health care facilities in the U.S., but it´s unclear how many vials are in circulation in the U.S. The company said it is working...

2012-01-25 12:38:01

Finding could explain limited success of anti-angiogenesis treatments in breast cancer Cancer treatments designed to block the growth of blood vessels were found to increase the number of cancer stem cells in breast tumors in mice, suggesting a possible explanation for why these drugs don't lead to longer survival, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The drugs Avastin and Sutent have been looked at as potential breast cancer...

2011-12-29 09:52:39

Treating ovarian cancer with the drug bevacizumab ("Avastin") delays the disease and may also improve survival, show the results of an international clinical trial co-led by Drs. Amit Oza of the Princess Margaret Cancer Program, University Health Network and Timothy Perren, St James's Institute of Oncology, Leeds, UK. The findings, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, report that the drug halted the cancer's return for two months overall. However, for women with the...

Avastin Loses Approval For Breast Cancer Treatment
2011-11-19 06:27:46

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that the drug Avastin should no longer be used by breast cancer patients because there is no proof that it can prolong their lives and because of the medicine's dangerous side effects. According to the Associated Press (AP), the ruling had been "long expected," but was "sure to disappoint women who say they have run out of other options." The wire service said that FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said that the decision was a...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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