West Pharmaceuticals uncertain following Pfizer’s discontinuation of Exubera
LIONVILLE, Pa. West Pharmaceuticals is awaiting the next move by Nektar Pharmaceuticals after Pfizer decided to stop selling its inhaled insulin drug Exubera, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
West is one of two companies that supply the inhalers to Nektar, which had licensed the product to Pfizer. Pfizer announced last week that it was discontinuing selling the drug after poor sales and criticism by consumers and doctors about the bulkiness of the device.
West chairman and chief executive officer Donald E. Morel Jr. said the ongoing impact of Pfizer’s move on his company “will depend on how Nektar decides to proceed in the wake of this change. We will continue to work with and support Nektar as they evaluate their options.”
Obagi announces success with solubilized acne medication
LONG BEACH, Calif. Obagi Medical Products, a developer of skin health products, announced today solubilized benzoyl peroxide for the treatment of acne may provide dramatic reductions in acne lesions within 4 weeks.
Tested at the Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas, the results from a pooled analysis of three randomized, investigator-blind trials. In the analysis, reduction in inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions was greater with the solubilized 5 percent BPO regimens than with the jar gel formulation of BPO/clindamycin. Additionally, patients reported greater overall satisfaction and comparable tolerability with the solubilized 5% BPO regimen.
The product, a novel patent pending formulation developed exclusively for Obagi Medical Products, is a 3-step acne system, which includes a pore therapy and cleanser, both of which contain 2 percent salicylic acid.
Patients reported high levels of satisfaction across all studies. Mean satisfaction scores in studies using the 3-part acne system were statistically significant following 1 week of treatment.
“The CLENZIderm M.D. acne treatment system offers to dermatologists and their patients an option that has been proven to be effective and well tolerated in multiple clinical trials,” said Dr. James Del Rosso, who presented the data at the conference. “There is solid science supporting both the technology itself and the therapeutic benefits of this system. Additionally, there are two formulations of the system available that can be tailored to the needs of the individual patient based on their skin type.”
Each treatment was applied once or twice daily for 2-4 weeks. Patients ranged from 11 to 45 years of age, with a mean age of 20 years, and were evaluated weekly. Patients were predominantly Caucasian with Fitzpatrick skin type III. Efficacy was based on a mean reduction in inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesion count. Tolerability was evaluated on severity of stinging/burning, erythema, dryness and itching.
Aetna awards nearly $340,000 in grants
Aetna awards nearly $340,000 in grants Aetna and the Aetna Foundation announced that they have awarded grants totaling nearly $340,000 to 17 non-profit organizations in the Chicago area.
The recipients of Aetna’s grants are dedicated to serving the needs of diverse communities throughout the Chicagoland area.
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic division of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the foundation works to help build healthy communities by improving the quality of life where employees and customers reside and work.
Since the inception of this program in 2001, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have awarded more than $15.5 million, including more than $5.5 million in 2006, in grants for programs that recognize and execute practical ways to lessen or eradicate racial and ethnic inequalities in health status and the delivery of health care.
Aetna serves approximately 34.9 million people with information and resources to help them make wise decisions about their health care.