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Friday, May 27, 2011

Nuron secures option, license deal to develop NU400 for Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Nuron Biotech Inc., a specialty biologics and vaccines company, today announced that it has secured an exclusive option and license agreement utilizing PolyTherics' site-specific TheraPEG™ PEGylation technology to develop NU400, a long-acting version of Nuron's proprietary recombinant human interferon beta-1b (NU100). 

PEGylating NU100 can also potentially improve other properties including its solubility, stability and safety profile. NU100 is poised to enter Phase 3 clinical studies in 2011 based on recent positive regulatory advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA).


"In the last year Nuron has acquired products or licensed technologies to build our pipeline of four exciting programs to realize our vision of bringing better biologics to market with enhanced product profiles for better health of patients," commented Shankar Musunuri, PhD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Nuron Biotech. "This new program, NU400, is especially exciting for us in that it further enhances the product profile of our lead program for Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) and supports long-term life cycle strategy in the MS area."




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EMD Serono Pays $44.3 Million To Resolve Health Care Fraud Allegations


Attorney General Bob Cooper announced on Monday that Tennessee, along with other states and the federal government, has reached a settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer EMD Serono, Inc., to resolve allegations that the company caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the state’s Medicaid program.


The agreement settles allegations that EMD Serono unlawfully offered kickbacks to physicians to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drug, Rebif. Under the agreement, EMD Serono will pay the participating states and the United States $44.3 million plus interest. 


The Medicaid programs nationwide will receive approximately $19 million of the total settlement. Under the agreement, Tennessee will receive $518,317.00.

During the investigation, the states and federal government determined that EMD Serono offered and paid inducements to health care professionals for activities such as promotional speaking engagements, attending speaker training, advisory and consultant meetings, educational grants, and charitable contributions. 


Among the allegations was that one purpose of the payments that occurred from March 2002 through December 2009 was to induce those professionals to prescribe Rebif.


“No one should have to worry about whether the drug their doctor is prescribing is the result of a drug company’s kickback to the doctor,” Attorney General Cooper said. “We will aggressively pursue those companies breaking the law and the trust of Tennesseans.”


“Whistleblowers can play a vital role to protect those citizens who trust their health care professionals to provide them the best treatment available because they care for their patients, not because a certain drug pads their pocketbooks,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said. “TBI's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is always available to assist in these investigations.”


The investigation was launched after a private plaintiff filed a qui tam or whistleblower lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit participated in the investigation as part of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

Source: The Chattanoogan.com 

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Children Diagnosed With MS On Rise - Families Raise Awareness About Debilitating Disease

MAY 26th, 2011


Mark Christian - 23ABC North Of The River Reporter


Wednesday was World Multiple Sclerosis Day, and two local families spoke out about how the disease has affected them.




MS is usually diagnosed in people between the ages 20 and 50 years old, but some doctors are becoming concerned that more cases of young people are popping up in Kern County.




"Medical experts used to think that children didn't get MS, but now many are being diagnosed. This helps raise awareness for pediatricians to look out for the disease," said Kim Kotrla of the National MS Society.


There are just under 1,000 MS cases in Kern County and 5 percent of those are in children. Two Bakersfield moms are speaking out about their daughters’ recent diagnoses.


"Now we are seeing more kids with this disease. We need more people digging in and looking into why this is happening," said Shelly Gilliland, whose 12-year-old daughter, Taylor Prather, was recently diagnosed.
Joy Amaro's 14-year-old daughter Durer, was also recently diagnosed with MS.


Amaro said their medical specialist in San Francisco was shocked to hear that they were from Kern County, because they have had an increasing number of patients from this area.


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Vitamin D Increases Speed of Sperm Cells, Researchers Discover

Story provided by Karen D from Tamarac, FL.

ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — Vitamin D is important for optimal reproductive function in both animals and humans. It has long been known that serum vitamin D level is important for reproductive function in various animals, but now researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital have shown that this relationship can also be demonstrated in humans.



A new study conducted in 300 normal men showed a positive correlation between the percentage of motile sperm and serum vitamin D levels. The study was recently published in the scientific journalHuman Reproduction, and showed additionally that stimulation of human spermatooza in the laboratory with activated vitamin D can increase their forward movement.
More studies needed
"Our study is not sufficient and should not be used to change existing treatment practices. However, it uncovers some of the functions of vitamin D and generates new hypotheses. This is an intriguing finding, because it suggests that vitamin D has an effect on sperm movement and function," explains Martin Blomberg Jensen from Copenhagen University Hospital.
"However, this finding is not sufficient in determining whether vitamin D supplements may improve sperm quality in normal or infertile males. This study is one in a line of studies indicating that vitamin D is necessary for male reproduction," says Martin Blomberg Jensen.


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