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Pfizer Elbows in to Vaccine Data Rollout, Janssen Fights Drug Lawsuit

After a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must begin disclosing data surrounding the approval of COVID-19 vaccines within a span of eight months, Pfizer hopes to step in to ensure that no trade secrets are disclosed when the regulatory agency begins to share that information.


Studies Forge On as Omicron Surges and More COVID-19 News

In the last two years, the sheer volume of scientific research focused on COVID-19 has been astounding: thousands of clinical studies, dozens of vaccines and new compounds, and hundreds of approved drugs tested for efficacy. More studies are still being run, especially in light of the Omicron surge and the virus’ ability to evolve.


Early research suggests Merck cancer drug may target dormant HIV

Researchers studying Merck & Co. Inc.’s cancer drug Keytruda for HIV patients who also have cancer say the immunotherapy may help displace the virus from human immune cells, offering an intriguing area of study for treatment of chronic HIV infection.


Most U.S. local governments opt to join $26 billion opioid settlement

U.S. cities and counties have embraced a proposed settlement worth up to $26 billion resolving lawsuits alleging three large drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic, lawyers behind the deal said on January 26, increasing the odds that it will move forward.


Moderna starts trial for Omicron-specific booster shot

Moderna Inc. started a mid-stage study, testing a booster dose of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine specifically designed to target the Omicron coronavirus variant, a day after rival Pfizer Inc. launched a similar trial.


Pfizer, Moderna shots safe during in vitro fertilization; healthy gut bacteria may help prevent long COVID

COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA technology do not affect fertility outcomes during in-vitro fertilization (IVF), researchers found. Other new findings suggest the bacteria living in the small intestine may contribute to the risk for long COVID after infection with SARS-CoV-2.


Galvani Bioelectronics Announces World’s First Investigational Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Splenic Nerve Stimulation

Galvani Bioelectronics, a clinical-stage company formed through a strategic partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and Verily Life Sciences in 2016 with the aim to develop targeted neuromodulation therapies, announced that the first patient with rheumatoid arthritis was treated through stimulation of the splenic nerve using the its novel bioelectronics platform.


Abbott profit, sales beat estimates on vigorous COVID test demand

Abbott Laboratories beat fourth-quarter 2021 profit and sales estimates, aided by robust sales of COVID-19 test kits and strong demand for the company’s diagnostics products, but forecast lower-than-expected COVID-19 testing sales in 2022 due to uncertainties around the future of the pandemic.


BlueWillow’s Non-Viral Intranasal Vaccine Enhances Immunity and Broadens Options

BlueWillow Biologics demonstrated the safety and immunogenicity in humans of the company’s intranasal technology, which CEO Chad Costley said is the only adjuvanted intranasal platform that is not virus-based.