Citing rampant use of the same needle to inject more than one person, the World Health Organization has--some might say finally--launched a new policy to make unsafe injections less prevalent. Part of this policy involves adopting up-to-date measures in syringe engineering, promoting the use of "smart" needles with precautions against unsafe use.
Saying it needs to focus on the looming integration effort with Botox maker Allergan, Actavis announced that it will sell Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies, a third-party supplier of drug delivery capsules and taste-masking formulations, back to private equity firm TPG for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close in mid-2015. Read more >>
Respiratory devicemaker PARI picked up an approval from the FDA for its eRapid nebulizer system, which is the first electronic one to deliver Genentech's cystic fibrosis treatment Pulmozyme. Read more >>
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UPDATED: NIH funds studies of J&J's and GSK's injectable HIV meds, says daily pills lead to noncompliance
In bid to improve patient adherence, the U.S. National Institutes of Health is funding and helping run two clinical trials of long-acting injectable HIV candidates being developed by Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and GlaxoSmithKline.
Endo Pharmaceutical's investigational Belbuca buccal film strip for severe chronic pain has been accepted for review by the FDA, marking a win for the BioErodible MucoAdhesive technology to deliver drugs across mucosal surfaces like the inside of the cheek. And BEMA platform developer BioDelivery Sciences receives a $10 million milestone payment.
A team of MIT scientists has designed a new injectable hydrogel made from nanoparticles that could someday be used to hold drugs in the body, treating diseases such as cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease.
Oncology company Heat Biologics is partnering with OncoSec, developer of the ImmunoPulse intratumoral DNA delivery platform. The two companies will evaluate the combination of the immunotherapy approaches developed by each company, according to the release.
Prometheon touts its transdermal delivery system for large molecules, prepares to launch hair growth gel
Prometheon Pharma says it has developed a breakthrough transdermal drug delivery system that can passively deliver large molecules like human growth hormone (which has a size of 2,200 daltons) across the skin.
Pharma bigwig Pfizer announced that the FDA has agreed to review the New Drug Application of its abuse-deterring extended-release opioid capsules, dubbed ALO-02.
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