Pharmaceuticals

Health
2:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Pharmacies Scurry To Keep Flu Treatment In Stock

Tamiflu can treat flu symptoms and stop the spread of infection for people who are at high risk of getting sick.
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Flu season has pharmacies scrambling to keep an antiviral drug called Tamiflu in stock.

Duke University Pharmacy Professor Richard Drew says unlike vaccines, Tamiflu works to treat and stop the spread of the disease.

“It's both a preventative and a treatment strategy,” Drew explains. “And, certainly, for those people who have a serious illness and require hospitalization, it's a very important drug.”

Sarah Lee manages the pharmacy supply chain for UNC Hospitals. She says this time each year, the demand for Tamiflu goes up exponentially.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

What GSK Layoffs Mean For Pharma In North Carolina

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Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline eliminated 900 jobs yesterday.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

RTP Affected As GlaxoSmithKline Cuts 900 Jobs

Pharmaceutical leader GlaxoSmithKline is expected to announce a major reorganization effort that could impact jobs in the Triangle.
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Pharmaceutical player GlaxoSmithKline is laying off hundreds of workers in its American facilities, and the bulk of these job cuts are in Research Triangle Park.

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Health
6:34 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Study: Pharmacists Could Play An Integral Role In Patient Care

Community Care of North Carolina is working with the UNC Pharmacy School and GSK employees to develop a system to improve and streamline outpatient care.
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Health care organizations in North Carolina are expanding an initiative to see how doctors and pharmacists cooperate to streamline patient care.

Community Care of North Carolina has already set up a program in which 3,000 GlaxoSmithKline employees see doctors who coordinate all their treatment.

But CCNC President Doctor Allen Dobson says that primary care physicians don't always know all the medications a patient is taking, especially if they're seeing other specialists for multiple conditions.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Changing Industries in North Carolina

Industry consolidation and reorganization is happening in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and health care industries in North Carolina.

    

Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry. 

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The State of Things
12:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Local Health Industry Changes

Assorted pharmaceuticals
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A recent deal between the biopharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis may mean more jobs and more attention for the Research Triangle. Plus, the $1.1 billion sale of Furiex pharmaceuticals increases possibilities for investment in the area. Meanwhile, Mooresville's Vestiq Holdings, a much smaller pharmaceutical company, is filing for bankruptcy. 

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Business & Economy
8:05 am
Thu April 24, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Lilly Part Of Drug Asset Swap

GSK Scientist. The company says much of its focus is on respiratory therapy and HIV drugs in RTP.
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Big changes and asset swaps in the pharmaceutical world are happening this week, but the Triangle should be spared of any fall-out.

One of the big moves in this chess game includes Switzerland-based Novartis agreeing to spend up to $16 billion for GlaxoSmithKline’s cancer drug business in Pennsylvania.

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Shots - Health News
3:22 am
Mon December 30, 2013

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:43 pm

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?

The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment will last 12 weeks and run $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. Some patients may need treatment for twice as long.

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Toxicology
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NC State's Database Could Revolutionize Pharmaceutical Research

The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database can be used to track information about toxic effects of therapeutic drugs.
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North Carolina State University recently beefed up its toxicology database, which could help revolutionize pharmaceutical research.

NC State's Comparitive Toxicogenomics Database already cataloged the harmful health impacts of environmental chemicals, like arsenic. Then pharmaceutical giant Pfizer collaborated with the CTD to add unintended side effects of therapeutic drugs.

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Health
4:38 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nursing Homes Significantly Reduce Rate of Antipsychotic Drug Use

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North Carolina has reduced its rate of antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes by 23 percent over the last year-- that's the highest such improvement rate in the country.

Many nursing homes and adult care homes have been known to use antipsychotic drugs to help calm and control residents who have dementia. But overmedication can cause all sorts of problems for patients who are so drugged they can't participate in activities and who might fall because the drugs impair their coordination. Bob Konrad is a professor in health policy at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.

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