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BioDelivery Sciences International to add 80 patients to clinical trial of Clonidine Topical Gel

BioDelivery Sciences International announced today that it will add about 80 patients to its Phase III pivotal trial of Clonidine Topical Gel for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy.

BD launches AutoShield Duo pen for diabetics

Becton, Dickinson and Company today announced that its BD AutoShield Duo pen for the delivery of insulin and diabetes drugs is now available in retail pharmacies. 

Thin and strong, graphene sheets form spheres spontaneously for drug release

Graphene is one of the thinnest and strongest known materials and has been used in drug delivery before. But the Nobel Prize-winning material could get another lease on life with a new discovery from Monash University in Australia that could make graphene an important drug release component.

Carnegie Mellon team creates self-assembling nanofibers for shaped delivery vehicles

Polymer nanomaterials are crucial for many types of drug delivery applications, offering the flexibility and durability needed to engineer specific shapes and sizes for particular delivery solutions. Now, at Carnegie Mellon, researchers have developed a new technique for creating self-assembling fibers for this purpose, taking a cue from the natural fibers in living cells.

Biodegradable film strip enabling 14 months of drug delivery prototyped by MIT team

A team of MIT researchers successfully tested a thin-film drug delivery system enabling steady, sustained release of medication for about 14 months, a scientific advancement with major commercial implications. 

Stentys ditches bare metal stent trial as customers move to drug-eluting versions

Stentys announced that it is discontinuing enrollment of its Apposition V trial for its bare metal stent and focusing its resources and money on its next-generation sirolimus-eluting stent featuring a new delivery catheter.

Nature-inspired artificial cilia could help move drugs to a target

Like the tiny organelles used to propel some bacteria, artificial cilia developed by German engineers could someday help deliver drugs.

Developer of unique delivery technology for eye care expanding in Europe

Oraya Therapeutics, the developer of a low energy X-ray beam that can safely deliver radiation therapy to the into the eye, is expanding its presence in Europe. The 20-minute one-time procedure is designed to reduce the need for anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration.

Nanoparticles deliver agents to spur immune system into action against cancer

Researchers have found a way to use nanoparticles to deliver drugs that can "wake up" the immune system and fortify its natural response to harmful cancer cells in the body.

Amid fears of antibiotics shortage, DNA origami technique developed to combat E. coli, other bugs

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a method for delivering the polypeptide antibiotic actinomycin D with modified, self-assembled DNA nanopyramid against bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, the bug causes staph infections.

AcelRx discusses sublingual painkiller's rejection with concerned investors

On the heels of FDA's rejection of the AcelRx New Drug Application for sublingually delivered postoperative pain killer Zalviso, CEO Richard King expounded on the "optical system errors" of the opioid drug's handheld, preprogrammed delivery device during a July 28 conference call with investors.  

Mannkind's inhaled insulin still needs marketing partner

Mannkind endured a grueling 10-year battle for FDA approval of its inhaled insulin drug/device combination product, Afrezza. Now the dillema is how to sell it. The company needs to find a marketing partner fast. 

Most absorbent material on Earth gives poorly soluble drugs a boost

A record-breaking material discovered last year by Swedish researchers has passed another milestone for drug delivery, showing it can hold poorly soluble drugs and, down the road, deliver them with a fast dissolution rate.

MIT engineers discover key mechanism behind gold nanoparticle delivery

Gold nanoparticles are once again in the drug delivery spotlight as MIT scientists have discovered a mechanism by which the particles enter cells and could thus act as better drug carriers.

Patent Office grants Alnylam new claims on its RNAi delivery method

Alnylam announced July 22 that its intellectual property estate has been strengthened due to the U.S. Patent Office's issuance of a Notice of Allowance for claims in one of its patent applications that covers "chemically modified RNA therapeutics conjugated with an N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) ligand independent of length, sequence, or disease target," according to a statement. 

Titan Phase III trial for subdermal implant begins enrollment

A year after the FDA rejected Titan Pharmaceutical's Probuphine subdermal implant for the treatment of opioid dependence, the company is knocking on the approval door once again. It announced July 21 that the first patients have enrolled in its Phase III trial designed to address the FDA's questions.

Galena Biopharma to market anti-vomit oral soluble film to cancer patients

Galena Biopharma believes that its experienced oncology sales team will enable it to effectively market Zuplenz, the only oral soluble film for preventing vomiting following chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which it will soon offer thanks to a licensing agreement struck with MonoSol Rx, the developer of the product's delivery technology.

Phase II trial kicks off for sublingually delivered Parkinson's therapy

A sublingually delivered thin film strip to treat advanced Parkinson's disease kicked off its Phase II clinical trial following discussions with the FDA, Cynapsus Therapeutics announced July 16.

Plant genes could combat resistance to hemophilia drugs

A biochemist has designed a method for improving the treatment of hemophilia using a plant-based drug delivery system that combats resistance to standard clotting factors, which afflicts about one-fourth of those with the disease. 

Nanoliposome vehicles bring second-wave treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer whose disease still persists after regular treatments may benefit from a new cancer drug nanoliposome formulation, according to a presentation at the European Society for Molecular Oncology's 16th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer.