The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Myriad Genetics, a company whose patents protect information about genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The status of gene patents may be changing in an age where patients are able to sequence their own DNA and our knowledge about the human genome is expanding more rapidly than ever.
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P&T® Journal contents for October 2009
Health Care & Law
No, Says a New ACLU Lawsuit
Drug Utilization Evaluation
The authors sought to determine whether levalbuterol use was in compliance with P&T committee–approved guidelines. Removing levalbuterol from the formulary resulted in cost savings and did not result in any lack of therapeutic benefit.
Erlotinib appears to improve survival for patients with advanced lung cancer who have not responded to chemotherapy. It is also the first therapy in more than a decade that may prolong survival in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.
At this international cardiology meeting, studies focused on dabigatran (Pradaxa), a promising substitute for warfarin; ticagrelor (Brilinta), a platelet inhibitor; otamixaban, an anticoagulant; and ezetimibe/atorvastatin (Vytorin) for reducing cholesterol levels and other cardiac risk factors. A comparison of beclomethasone-HFA (Qvar) and fluticasone (Flovent) for asthma is also presented.
Topics include asenapine sublingual tablets (Saphris) for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; saxagliptin (Onglyza) for obtaining glucose control in type-2 diabetes; and interferon beta-1b (Extavia) injection for patents with multiple sclerosis.