Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Adventures in Generic Drugs

Generic biotech drugs may be getting a serious boost: part of President Obama's budget is designed to foster development of these follow-on biologics. Over at Patent Baristas, Stephen Albainy-Jenei blogs about the Biotechnology Industry Organization's response at a press conference. Jim Greenwood, CEO and president of BIO, "pointed out that in order to preserve incentives to research, develop and manufacture new innovative therapies and cures, as well as new indications for such products, any statutory pathway for follow-on biologics must include substantial non-patent data exclusivity," according to Albainy-Jenei. "Greenwood stressed that any discussion must recognize that the methods used to show that one chemical drug is the same as another are different from and insufficient for biologics."

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.