Student designs new insulin delivery in a wristwatch
PARIS A German student has designed a new mobile device to help pump insulin in a diabetic’s body without the hassle of using syringes or bulky machines, according to the European Space Agency.
The design is for a wristwatch that contains an ultra-light insulin pump to help people with type 1 diabetes. The watch produces its own electricity using aerospace technology, by conducting electricity caused by the movement of the person wearing the watch.
The product is being called COR and it can contain enough insulin to be sufficient for a type 1 diabetic for two-to-three weeks. The pump is attached to the user via a thin tube and a needle inserted under the skin to allow the insulin to flow into the body continuously, substituting for conventional syringe injections.
FDA approves Teva’s generic Trileptal
The Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval to Teva for its application to market a generic version of Trileptal, by Novartis, for the treatment of epilepsy.
The generic, oxcarbazepine, will be available in 150, 300 and 600 mg tablets. Teva will begin shipping the drug in the near future.
Teva is currently involved in patent litigation concerning this product in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. A trial date has not been set.
The brand product had annual sales of approximately $690 million in the United States for the twelve months ended Sept. 30, 2007, based on IMS sales data.
Biogen’s lack of buyer interest triggers stock price dive
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Biogen has reported that after two months of looking for a potential buyer, it has turned up no serious offers, which led to a 27 percent drop in the company’s shares, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Biogen said in a statement that it “did not receive any definitive offers to purchase the company” and would abandon exploration of a sale. Within a few minutes of the announcement, Biogen lost nine months of increasing business by buyout rumors.
Pharmaceutical firms may have been discouraged by Biogen’s high price—its market value had grown to $25 billion after the company announced its intention to sell. Last month, Sanofi-Aventis’ chief executive called Biogen’s price “a little high.”
Biogen has three main drugs on the market—Avonex and Tysabri for multiple sclerosis and Rituxan for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Some analysts said uncertainties about the future of the drugs were too great for buyers. Tysabri has been linked to a rare brain disorder, prompting close regulatory scrutiny.
The stock price fell from $75.88 to $55.50 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.