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Certain Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Less Likely to Suffer Heart Failure While Taking New Class of Antidiabetic Drug

Seniors with type 2 diabetes or those with diabetic complications were less likely to be hospitalized for heart failure while taking a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor compared to dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) inhibitors, another new class of oral antidiabetic drug, according to a study released in Cardiovascular Diabetology and conducted by Anthem Inc. and HealthCore.

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Healthcare Marketers Say Few Ad Agencies Are Really Good Listeners

Healthcare advertising agencies need to sharpen their listening skills according to a new HCB Health survey.

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GSK bets on pioneering cancer therapy with Adaptimmune deal

GlaxoSmithKline has licensed the rights to Adaptimmune’s pioneering T-cell therapy program to boost its pipeline in oncology, one of four areas the company has prioritized for research and development.

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Lilly Cuts 3,500 Jobs, Shuts Down 2 R&D Sites

Eli Lilly and Company announced the company plans to cut 3,500 jobs. The majority of the job cuts will be in the U.S., and include voluntary early retirement programs.

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Convert Prior Authorization Abandonments to Rx Fulfillments and Stop Leaving Money on the Table

A very high percentage of Prior Authorization (PA) requests are approved…but about 40% of these prescriptions are abandoned during the PA process, around 74.4 million prescriptions a year.

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Bristol-Myers kidney cancer drug meets early success, study stopped

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said the success of the company’s combination therapy to improve overall survival in kidney cancer patients helped it end the trial early, despite having reported mixed results on other main goals earlier.

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FDA Orders 6 Partial or Full Clinical Holds on Celgene’s Blood Cancer Studies

The U.S. FDA placed a partial clinical hold on five of Celgene Corporation’s clinical trials and a full clinical hold on one of the company’s clinical trials in its FUSION program.

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Patient Death Forces Alnylam to Suspend Dosing in Hemophilia Trial, Stock Plunges

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals indicated that the company suspended its Phase II trial of fitusiran for hemophilia A after a patient died from a thrombotic event, pending further investigation.

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Quest to offer cholesterol testing without fasting requirement

Quest Diagnostics Inc. will use a more precise method of calculating levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol that no longer requires fasting prior to blood draw, a development likely to delight patients who previously had to refrain from eating for up to 12 hours before testing.

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Positive lung drug trial opens path to U.S. market for Circassia

AstraZeneca said its drug Duaklir improved lung function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in a new study, paving the way for likely approval in the U.S., where the commercial rights are held by Britain’s Circassia.

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