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New drug could help AMD sufferers

There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration, an eye disease that is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in older Americans. Last year, the National Institutes of Health reported that ...

Jun 18, 2013
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Drug can delay ovarian cancer relapses: study

A drug already approved for treating kidney cancer was successful at delaying the return of advanced ovarian cancer by an average of nearly six months, a clinical study released Saturday found.

Jun 01, 2013
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FDA device will screen for fake medicines overseas

U.S. health officials are making a high-tech screening device available to African authorities to help spot counterfeit malaria pills in hopes that the technology may eventually be used to combat the fake drug trade worldwide.

Apr 24, 2013
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FDA: Georgia pharmacy recalling all sterile drugs

(AP)—The Food and Drug Administration says a Georgia compounding pharmacy that distributed a drug linked to eye infections is now recalling all of its injectable medicines following a federal inspection.

Mar 21, 2013
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Bevacizumab

Bevacizumab (trade name Avastin, Genentech/Roche) is a monoclonal antibody that recognises all vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) isoforms. It is used in the treatment of cancer, where it inhibits tumor growth by blocking the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). Bevacizumab was the first clinically available angiogenesis inhibitor in the United States.

Bevacizumab is currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cancers that are metastatic (have spread to other parts of the body). It received its first approval in 2004 was for combination use with standard chemotherapy for metastatic colon cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. In 2008, it was approved by the FDA for use in metastatic breast cancer, a decision that generated some controversy as it went against the recommendation of its advisory panel, who objected because it only slowed tumor growth but failed to extend survival.

Clinical studies are underway in non-metastatic breast cancer, renal cell carcinoma, glioblastoma multiforme, ovarian cancer, castrate-resistant (formally called hormone refractory) prostate cancer, non-metastatic unresectable liver cancer and metastatic or unresectable locally advanced pancreatic cancer. A study released in April 2009 found that bevacizumab is not effective at preventing recurrences of non-metastatic colon cancer following surgery. In May 2009, it received FDA approval for treatment of reoccurring Glioblastoma Multiforme, while treatment for initial growth is still in phase III clinical trial.

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