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FDA approves 10th indication for Humira

BY David Salazar
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) to treat adults with non-infectious intermediate, posterior and panuveitas, the company announced Friday. Its new indication is the 10th for the drug in the U.S. for immune-meditated diseases.
 
"We are pleased to provide patients with the first FDA-approved non-corticosteroid treatment option for certain types of uveitis, an eye disease that can flare and impact vision,” AbbVie EVP research and development and chief scientific officer Dr. Mike Severino said. "These approvals reflect our ongoing focus on continuing to innovate with HUMIRA to address critical unmet needs of patients living with serious immune-mediated diseases."
 
Humira was first approved in 2003, and has since been approved in more than 90 countries. 
 
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D.PATEL says:
Jul-05-2016 12:47 pm

very good articles. i wish they put some annual sales of otc and rx drugs for knowledge.

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University of Buffalo launches first pre-pharmacy summer camp for high school students

BY Vivian Lee

The University at Buffalo is launching a pre-pharmacy summer camp for high school students across the United States who are interested in pursuing the profession.

According to the university, the three-day camp will be hosted by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). Nearly 60 students will get the inside scoop on the ins and outs of pharmacy practice through activities that simulate combining and dispensing medications and counseling patients.

The program will be held July 12-14 in Kapoor Hall on the UB South Campus. Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

"By participating in this program, talented students can explore a health profession that joins their strong interests in math and science, and their desire to help others," said Christine Stumm, SPPS associate director of admissions and advisement. "The earlier students identify their career path, the sooner they can streamline their education and graduate study."

Students will be able to participate in hands-on activities, such as compounding; visit local clinical practices and research labs; and attend lectures by UB faculty and Buffalo-area SPPS alumni on topics that range from vaccinations to the future of the profession.

The camp also highlights educational opportunities at SPPS and recommends high school courses students can take to prepare for undergraduate pharmacy coursework.

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MeYou Health shakes up CEO position, financial backers

BY David Salazar
BOSTON — Digital wellness platform MeYou Health, which partners with health plans to help engage members in their health through its “open social” networks, has a new CEO and roster of financial backing, it announced this week. 
 
Serial health care entrepreneur Rick Lee is now the company’s CEO, following his spearheading a buyout of MeYou Health backed by Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, 
 
“I'm excited to join a group of talented managers and outstanding software engineers at MeYou Health,” Lee said. “The MeYou Health team has constructed a fabulous engagement platform that scales to large volumes and configures to a vast array of customizable needs of health plans. The price points and value proposition are very attractive and allow us to bring wellness — through brokers and our health plan clients — to the large but somewhat overlooked small-to-midsize employers market.”
 
With more than 50 programs encompassing prenatal care, stress and yoga, MeYou Health features a pricing model whereby health plans are only charged for engaged members, and its new leadership has brought praise from one of its six health plan partners, which is also one of its backers. 
 
“Together, MYH and Blue Shield of California have demonstrated that sustained engagement, improved health, and financial value can be accomplished for our members and employer customers,” Blue Shield of Califonia VP wellbeing Bryce Williams said. “In a market full of over-promise, under-deliver wellness programs, MYH stands out for delivering an agile, reliable digital health platform and engaging well-being programs capable of positive clinical outcomes.”
 
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