Tag Archives: Drug

Pediatric Drug Poisoning Is on the Rise

This article was previously published February 26, 2020, and has been updated with new information. Aside from causing a wide variety of side effects in those who take medications, the widespread routine use of pharmaceuticals also pose a serious risk to children who get their hands on them. As of 2016, nearly half the U.S.… Read More »

Albireo’s rare liver disease drug Bylvay scores back-to-back approvals in U.S., Europe

With a pair of approvals on both sides of the Atlantic, liver disease-focused biotech Albireo is off and running with its new medicine Bylvay. The oral drug, the first treatment for pruritus in patients with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC), scored an FDA nod Tuesday and a European approval Monday. With the FDA’s blessing, Albireo is kicking off an “immediate”… Read More »

So far, so not-so-good: Neurologists slow to warm up to Biogen’s Alzheimer drug Aduhelm, study finds

Neurologists are thinking about Biogen’s newly approved Alzheimer’s drug, but so far it’s mostly just that—thoughts. While almost 90% of neurologists are moderately or highly aware of Aduhelm, only 3% have written prescriptions so far, according to Spherix Global Insights latest data. Even more concerning? Only about one fourth (27%) plan to prescribe the drug in… Read More »

Kirigami Stent for Localized Drug Delivery

Researchers at MIT have developed a kirigami-style stent that can provide localized drug delivery through needle-like projections that pop out when the stent is extended. The ‘spines’ on the stent’s surface deliver drug-loaded microparticles into the surrounding tissue, allowing for sustained drug release for an extended period. The technology is well suited to administering drugs… Read More »

FDA Approves Wegovy, a High-Dose Version of the Diabetes Drug Semaglutide for Use as Aid to Weight Loss

Wegovy — a high-dose version of the diabetes drug semaglutide — has been approved as a new aid to weight loss by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Studies funded by drug maker Novo Nordisk showed that participants who received weekly injections of the drug had an average weight loss of 15% and lost weight… Read More »