Puncturing The ImClone Hype
Could ImClone Systems’ Erbitux be a powerful cancer fighter after all? Maybe.
A new study presented June 1 at a meeting of oncologists seems to boost that contention. But there are still reasons to doubt that Erbitux will be approved soon or that it will eventually be a blockbuster.
China’s Killer Headache: Fake Pharmaceuticals
An estimated 192,000 people died last year in China because of fake drugs, according to the Shenzhen Evening News, a government-controlled newspaper. Some die from toxins in counterfeit medicines, and others from infection because they are swallowing bogus pills instead of antibiotics
Looking beyond Patent Expiry
The problem of patent protection loss and associated revenue loss will continue to trouble major companies, with estimated revenue losses of US$2.2 billion in 2004 from patent expiries on 18 drugs, increasing to an estimated US$5.3 billion in 2005.
Modified pigs are transplant ‘breakthrough’
A new breed of genetically engineered pigs with organs far less likely to be rejected by people has been created in the US.
The surfaces of the cloned pigs’ cells lack a key sugar, which triggers the violent hyperacute rejection response. This normally reduces transplanted organs to pulp within hours.