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Pfizer’s blockbuster-to-be Vyndaqel is too costly for heart patients, study suggests

Pfizer’s tafamidis arrived in the U.S. in 2019 with a vastly discounted list price over rival transthyretin amyloidosis drugs. But its $ 225,000-a-year tag still seems too much for many heart patients. Previous cost-effectiveness analyses and physicians themselves have warned tafamidis is too pricey—the world’s most expensive medication for cardiovascular disease, to be exact. And now,… Read More »

Study identifies potential approach to treat patients with severe COVID-19

Early data from a clinical study suggest that blocking the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) protein provided clinical benefit to a small group of patients with severe COVID-19. Researchers observed that the off-label use of the cancer drug acalabrutinib, a BTK inhibitor that is approved to treat several blood cancers, was associated with reduced respiratory distress… Read More »

FDA Approves Retevmo (selpercatinib) for Patients with Advanced RET-Driven Lung and Thyroid Cancers

FDA Approves Retevmo (selpercatinib) for Patients with Advanced RET-Driven Lung and Thyroid Cancers Print this page INDIANAPOLIS, May 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Retevmo™ (selpercatinib, 40 mg & 80 mg capsules), the first therapy specifically indicated for the treatment of adult patients with… Read More »

Can UV Light Treat the Blood of COVID-19 Patients?

Is it possible that ultraviolet light (UV) might be an internal treatment for SARS-CoV-2? We know that it kills pathogens, especially on surfaces. And, it’s already used in food processing,1 wastewater treatment facilities2 and medical settings to kill germs3 — in fact, according to DukeHealth, it can cut the transmissibility of four major superbugs.4 William… Read More »