Middle-aged and older adults with torn cartilage or painful arthritis in their knee are not likely to benefit from so-called arthroscopic surgery, and could be harmed by it, a review of past studies suggests. Researchers reviewed nine previous studies with a combined 1,270 patients and found the surgery no better than other options like exercise […]

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – Jul 6, 2015) – Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing differentiated and accessible medicines that address unmet medical needs, today announced it has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey […]

Egalet Corp said data showed its experimental painkiller was less likely to be abused than a form of morphine already being sold. A study showed recreational opioid users did not like and were less prone to snort the company’s painkiller, Egalet-001, than MS Contin. Egalet’s study results come a week before a panel of experts […]

Spinifex Pharmaceuticals to be Acquired by Novartis STAMFORD, Connecticut and MELBOURNE, Australia, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —   US$200 million upfront payment plus undisclosed clinical development and regulatory milestones Expands Novartis‘ neuroscience portfolio with novel angiotensin II type 2 receptor antagonist technology for the treatment of chronic pain   Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Spinifex”), a company […]

An experimental bladder pain syndrome/ interstitial cystitis drug being developed by immuno-oncology drugmaker Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AQXP) failed to meet its statistical endpoint during a mid-stage clinical trial, the company announced this morning. AQX-1125, Aquinox’s lead drug candidate, did not diminish pain in trial patients compared to those who took a placebo during a six […]

Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research. After reviewing 80 randomized trials that included nearly 6,500 people, researchers found moderate support for using marijuana to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms and involuntary movements. The evidence wasn’t […]

Designed to prevent users from overdosing, abuse-deterrent opioids aim to diminish the effects of today’s epidemic by limiting the ways addicts can alter prescription painkillers for their needs. These drugs, subject for approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aren’t as accessible to patients as some may think — especially seniors. New research from […]

  Novartis AG said one-year results of its drug secukinumab show it is effective in treating patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a debilitating joint condition of the spine.   The Basel-based drugmaker said it will present detailed results from the study at a rheumatism conference in Rome this week.       (Reporting by Katharina […]