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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"MIB","MAB" & "NIB" News

*As per Medscape:

February 2, 2009 — Trastuzumab (Herceptin, Roche) has been approved for use in the treatment of HER2-positive gastric cancer by the European Commission. This is the first approval in the world for this label extension for trastuzumab, which is already marketed for use in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer.
*As per OncoSTAT:
A new drug has been found to slow the progression of advanced kidney cancer. The drug, pazopanib, was tested in a phase III study among 435 patients...Pazopanib targets multiple pathways involved in cancer cell growth and is an angiogenesis inhibitor. The drug is administered orally. Using supportive evidence from this study, the Food and Drug Administration approved pazopanib in October 2009 for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma. The research results were published in the January 25 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

*Also from OncoSTAT:
CORONADO, Calif. (EGMN) - Smokers with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer were able to tolerate much higher doses of the targeted therapy erlotinib than were their nonsmoking counterparts in a small, ongoing phase II clinical trial.

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Pharmacy History

"The earliest known compilation of medicinal substances was ARIANA the Sushruta Samhita, an Indian Ayurvedic treatise attributed to Sushruta in the 6th century BC. However, the earliest text as preserved dates to the 3rd or 4th century AD.
Many Sumerian (late 6th millennium BC - early 2nd millennium BC) cuneiform clay tablets record prescriptions for medicine.[3]

Ancient Egyptian pharmacological knowledge was recorded in various papyri such as the Ebers Papyrus of 1550 BC, and the Edwin Smith Papyrus of the 16th century BC.

The earliest known Chinese manual on materia medica is the Shennong Bencao Jing (The Divine Farmer's Herb-Root Classic), dating back to the 1st century AD. It was compiled during the Han dynasty and was attributed to the mythical Shennong. Earlier literature included lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by a manuscript "Recipes for 52 Ailments", found in the Mawangdui tomb, sealed in 168 BC. Further details on Chinese pharmacy can be found in the Pharmacy in China article."

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmacy#History_of_pharmacy

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