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Cypriot Stella Kyriakides named EU Health Commissioner

Cypriot psychologist and politician to take over from Vytenis Andriukaitis on November 1 Stella Kyriakides has got the nod as EU Commissioner for Health, making her part of a strong female presence in the new structure of the next European Commission. Kyriakides, one of 13 women commissioners from 27, replaces ...

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TIF releases new video on thalassaemia prevention

  Thalassaemia is a hereditary blood disease that CAN be prevented! But in what ways? ΤΙF’s latest educational video shines a spotlight on the essential aspect of the disease’s prevention, still challenging  in numerous countries across the world. Our goal? To further improve understanding and knowledge of the prevention’s vital ...

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Biotech companies issue first joint declaration on human gene editing

Companies involved in human gene editing have entered the ethical debate about the controversial technology, issuing a joint declaration that DNA must not be altered in a way that passes genetic changes on to future generations. The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), an international group representing the cell and gene ...

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Deferasirox Mylan: A new generic drug for the treatment of iron overload in β-thalassaemia major pending approval by the EMA

  The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) committee responsible for human medicines, has recently adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product  »Deferasirox Mylan », intended for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients with ...

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World Patient Safety Day – 17 September 2019

134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually! Safety in health systems is a major global concern due to the enlarging numbers of people suffering avoidable harm while receiving healthcare. Recognizing the urgency of ...

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World Hepatitis Day 2019

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people ...

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FDA Accelerates Review Of Sickle Cell Disease Medicine Crizanlizumab

Novartis announced earlier today the FDA accepted the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) and has granted Priority Review for its investigational Sickle Cell (SCD) medicine Crizanlizumab. If FDA-approved, crizanlizumab is expected to represent the first monoclonal antibody targeting the P-selectin mediated multi-cellular adhesion in sickle cell disease! Novartis submitted the application ...

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