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Posts tagged with "Diabetes and Obesity"

  • Business and Markets

    Arguing About Zafgen’s Chances

    It’s been a wild ride for Zafgen and those following the company, and things are nowhere near over. Back in December, it became clear that two patients had died in their clinical trial of beloranib against Prader-Willi syndrome, which was clearly very bad news. But this month, the company released the rest of the data… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Mannkind’s Last Stand

    Back in October, I said that Mannkind (MNKD) “looks doomed”. To be honest, you could have said that about them and their inhaled-insulin drug Afrezza for many years, with a good chance of being right – I said it back in 2008, for example. And it’s not that I’m some sort of prophet. I mean… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Big Trouble For Zafgen and Beloranib

    Zafgen went through a very rough patch back in October when it turned out that a patient in their key Phase III trial in Prader-Willi syndrome died. P-W patients have severe health problems and shortened lifespan, but the question was naturally whether the company’s investigational drug beloranib was a factor. The seemingly slow disclosure of… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Mannkind and Afrezza: Reality Intrudes. Or Should, Anyway.

    Inhaled insulin probably has no particular effects on the central nervous system. But there’s something about the idea of inhaled insulin that makes people lose their minds. That’s the only conclusion I can draw after years of watching this area. Pfizer led the way with a long, expensive collaboration that produced Exubera, the first in… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Fewer Die – But Why?

    Well, here’s an interesting situation: a drug that seems to have a definite benefit, but not for the reasons anyone expected, and not for reasons that anyone even understands. The drug is Jardiance (empagliflozin), for diabetes, and the benefit is a flat-out survival benefit, a significant effect on cardiovascular mortality. As Matthew Herper… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    Zebrafish, Finally Taking Over as Foretold

    The idea of phenotypic screening is not new, but once you bring up the topic, you find that different people have different ideas about what a phenotypic screen really is. As has been discussed around here before, not everyone buys into the concept of a cell-based screen as “phenotypic”, but I’m willing to believe in the… Read More
  • Animal Testing

    Is Everything Getting Fatter?

    Here’s a weird and interesting paper to think about. There’s an unfortunately clear trend in human populations towards obesity, which seems to have been especially noticeable over the last thirty years or so. (I believe that the average-thinnest US state today would have been the fattest state in 1980, just to give one vivid example).… Read More
  • Alzheimer's Disease

    On the FDA, Drug Approvals, and Not Knowing Enough

    It doesn’t seem to have generated many headlines, but the FDA recently released a report (PDF) on the pace of drug development. Titled “Targeted Drug Development: Why Are Many Diseases Lagging Behind”, it seems to be motivated, at least in part, by a desire to answer “Not Because of Us!” The agency goes into some deta… Read More
  • Diabetes and Obesity

    Unkind to Mannkind

    Last time I mentioned Mannkind and their inhaled-insulin product (Afrezza) around here was when Oliver Brandicourt was announced as taking over at Sanofi. But I’ve had unkind things to say about them over the years, and their retail-investor cult is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen. So now that Afrezza is launched, and… Read More
  • Cardiovascular Disease

    How Not to Handle Your Clinical Data

    We turn now to Orexigen, one of the small companies trying to make headway in the obesity market. Earlier this year, a patent application from them published, claiming that their drug (Contrave, a sustained release formulation combining the known drugs naltrexone and bupropion) had cardiovascular benefits above and beyond its weight-loss effects. P… Read More
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