Scientists are scrambling to find the cause for the sudden spike in human cases of avian influenza A (H5N6) in China to 21 during year-to-date 2021, from only five in 2020, reports say.

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals initiated an internal organizational restructuring that includes cutting up to 100 full-time employees from payroll following a review of unblinded data from the company’s Phase III trials for IW-3718-302, which show that the drug failed to reduce the severity of heartburn in patients with refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

A look at upcoming PDUFA dates for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including Viela Bio’s inebilizumab for NMOSD.

The collaboration will utilize EVERSANA’s integrated suite of outsourced services to commercialize and distribute Evoke Pharma Inc.’s Gimoti in the United States.

Brain-disease focused Cerevance and Takeda Pharmaceutical forged a research collaboration to tackle gastrointestinal disorders that have their roots in the central nervous system.

Leeds, UK-based 4D Pharma and Merck/MSD are developing Live Biotherapeutics vaccines, a new class of medicines.

Zelnorm was relaunched by Alfasigma USA for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C).

Ardelyx’s Phase III AMPLIFY study of tenapanor achieved the clinical trial’s primary endpoint, as well as all key secondary endpoints, in treating patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Allergan plc announced positive topline data from a Phase IIIb clinical trial evaluating Linzess 290 mcg on multiple abdominal symptoms in adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C).

Innovative Health Solutions Inc. announced FDA clearance for the new device IB-Stim to treat functional abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in patients ages 11-18 years old.