A pharmaceutical company stands accused of putting profit before patients after withdrawing a drug used in the treatment of a chronic debilitating disease – ahead of relaunching it at a price predicted to be up to 20 times higher.
Three of Britain’s leading neurologists have written to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to protest at Genzyme, part of the multinational drug company Sanofi, halting supplies of the drug alemtuzumab for multiple sclerosis.
The drug is currently licensed for the treatment of leukaemia. But it has been known for 20 years also to be effective in MS patients suffering from an aggressive form of the disease.
Neurologists have used the drug in these patients “off label” – prescribing it on their own initiative even though it was not licensed for multiple sclerosis – following encouraging results from a large placebo-controlled trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1998. Alemtuzumab, which is given in two courses a year apart, costs markedly less than other drugs for multiple sclerosis to which it is thought to be superior – around £2,500.
Genzyme has now applied for a licence for the drug in multiple sclerosis to regulators in Europe and the US and is expected to relaunch it under the trade name, Lemtrada, at what could be many times its current price. In the meantime the company has withdrawn the drug from MS patients’ off-label treatment, pending the granting of the licence, on the grounds that “any adverse event outside a clinical trial … may complicate the regulatory process”.
Women playing football isn’t a sport but a hobby.
River Plate fans enters Guinness records
River Plate is going to enter the Guinness records. Their fans created a flag 7829 meters long!
A few days ago i was trying to find a tumblr theme with a compact main page. I searched around one hundrend themes but i wasn’t able to find what i was looking for so i decided to create my own.
Here we are … Theme is still in alpha version and has some bugs i am trying to fix. I install it though because i wanted to test it with some real posts.
There are also some things i want to add as well but thirst i have to fix the bugs. Here is the complete “to do” list:
- Widget sticky posts
- Widget also like posts
- Slideshow on main page as first post
Fix the bug with the border around flash videos on main page
- Move CSS to seperate file
- Get rid of clear divs and put clearafter in their place
Get rid of all pictures from Technologic theme and make my own
- Find better theme colors
- Rewrite html get rid of useless divs
- Drop the code bellow 64kb
Find a name for the theme
Glass doors fail
That’s why i never clean up the doors. Accidents can happen!
Thierry Henry excellent goal
He is not the best player in the world but he is definitely one of the best strikers in football history.
When he decided to move to MLS most people said that he did it for the money but every week he proves us wrong.
Sevilla VS Barcelona 2-3 goals
Although after 48 minutes of play was losing 2-0, Barcelona won the game 3-2 with 2 amazing goals from Fabregas and one from Villa at injury time.
For Sevilla everything looked perfect. Trochofski gave them the lead (He had scored against Real Madrid as well) at 26 ‘, while Negredo at 48’ with his 80th goal overall in the Spanish league (and first against the Catalans) gave them a big advantage.
The first defeat in the league was closer than ever but Barcelona which until that moment had not committed any foul, decided to put some passion and magic in their game.
First Fabregas scored an amazing goal at 52’, then the charismatic midfielder was the reason Mendel saw the red card leaving Sevilla with 10 players and at 89’ , after a pass from Messi, he levelled the score.
At injury time Villa scored the winning goal. With this result Barcelona has 6 wins in 6 games in Spanish league and they lead the championship race.