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Sirion enters market with eye pain drug for surgery

BY Alaric DeArment

TAMPA, Fla. A drug for treating pain and inflammation associated with ocular surgery has become available, the drug’s manufacturer announced Monday.

Sirion Therapeutics announced the availability of Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion), in 0.05 percent concentrations.

“We are excited to provide eye care professionals with a new and powerful topical steroid,” Sirion senior vice president of sales and marketing Susan Benton said. “Because Durezol is the first and only steroid with an approval for both inflammation and pain, it is the first innovation in the strong steroid class in over 35 years.”

Sirion specializes in biologic ophthalmic treatments.

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Rite Aid reports cash dividend payout for preferred stock

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Monday declared a cash dividend of $0.4049 per share on its 5.5 percent Series I Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock for the period commencing on Aug. 1, 2008 through Nov. 16, 2008.

The dividend is payable on Nov. 17, 2008 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 15, 2008, the company stated.

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Deciphera, Lilly partner to test compounds in treatment of cancer

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS Eli Lilly and Deciphera Pharmaceuticals said Friday they would collaborate to investigate a group of Deciphera compounds as a potential cancer treatment.

 

The companies said they would investigate Deciphera’s preclinical B-Raf kinase inhibitors as cancer treatments, combining Deciphera’s drug-discovery resources and Lilly’s drug discovery, development and commercialization resources.

 

 

“This collaboration is further evidence of Lilly’s ongoing commitment to oncology research,” Lilly vice president for discovery research and clinical investigation Dr. William Chin said. “We look forward to working with Deciphera to leverage their B-Raf kinase inhibitor program, with the ultimate goal of developing promising drug candidates for cancer patients.”

 

 

As part of the deal, Lilly will obtain exclusive worldwide rights to any products developed as part of the collaboration, while Deciphera will receive an upfront payment and research funding, as well as up to $130 million in development, regulatory and sales milestone payments.

 

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