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2010-03-10 15:00:00

FORT LEE, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc. (DSPA), a U.S. subsidiary of Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. (DSP), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently accepted for review the lurasidone New Drug Application (NDA) for the treatment of patients with acute schizophrenia. The NDA was submitted to FDA on December 30, 2009 and will receive a standard review. "We are pleased that the lurasidone NDA has been accepted for...

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2010-02-24 12:17:28

The UN's top global drug regulator said on Wednesday that more people are turning to prescription drug abuse than cocaine, heroin and ecstasy combined. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said that use of "date-rape drugs" is climbing as well, as sexual predators find new ways to get around the tight controls on substances by switching to drugs not banned by international drug laws. Drugs like ketamine and gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) have replaced Rohypnol, which was one of the...

2010-02-22 15:35:00

POINT RICHMOND, Calif., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSPT) announced today an update on its plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Intermezzo® (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablet) for use as-needed for the treatment of insomnia when a middle of the night awakening is followed by difficulty returning to sleep. Transcept met with the FDA on January 20, 2010 to discuss the Complete Response Letter...

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2010-02-11 06:50:00

Scientists announced Wednesday they have solved the mystery behind why people become addicted to a class of prescription drugs that includes some anti-depressants, muscle relaxants and sleeping pills, reported AFP. Reported in the British science journal Nature, researchers hope the findings will pave the way for the development of new treatments that can alleviate symptoms without resulting in addiction. Scientists know that drugs like opium, heroin and cannabinoids are addictive because...

2010-02-09 15:35:00

POINT RICHMOND, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSPT) today announced that the first patent covering the composition and method of use of Intermezzo® (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablet), the lead Transcept product candidate, has been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Transcept announced the issuance of a Notice of Allowance for claims under the application for this patent, U.S. Patent Application...

2010-02-04 08:01:00

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 26th Annual Meeting provides early published data analyzing information gathered from California's prescription monitoring program, known as the Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). The analysis found a two-fold increase in the likelihood of individuals receiving opioids from multiple providers or "doctor shopping" when they were also being...

2010-01-27 08:00:00

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that the recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant approval of AstraZeneca's Seroquel XR for adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder will not change Decision Resources' market forecast for the indication. As previously forecasted, Seroquel and Seroquel XR will garner nearly one quarter of...

2010-01-27 10:21:44

Chronic and severely stressful situations, like those connected to depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, have been associated with smaller volumes in "stress sensitive" brain regions, such as the cingulate region of the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus, a brain region involved in memory formation. A new study, published by Elsevier in Biological Psychiatry, suggests that chronic insomnia may be another condition associated with reduced cortical volume. Using a specialized technique...

2010-01-18 08:00:00

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that, despite potential safety concerns, Jazz Pharmaceuticals/UCB's sodium oxybate (JZP-6) will account for more than 15 percent of the fibromyalgia drug market in 2018 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan. Sodium oxybate has demonstrated robust efficacy in Phase III clinical trials...

2009-12-10 18:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) reported that positive data from a clinical trial evaluating the abuse potential of lorcaserin were presented in a poster session at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Data from the trial demonstrate that the risk for abuse associated with lorcaserin is very low. "Human abuse liability studies of the type done by Arena provide critical data to the FDA...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'