From 2008-2018, a third of clinical trials that produced new cancer drugs failed to report the race of participants.A new study also found that even among trials that did, participation numbers were not representative of the general cancer patient population: just 6%…

Yesterday the FDA greenlit a hugely promising drug for a form of TB that has long been a death sentence, The New York Times reports.   Pretomanid is part of a 3-drug regimen that proved 90% effective against extensively drug-resistant TB, according to preliminary trial…

Juul paid for access to young people, according to testimony in a US Congressional hearing to determine the company’s role in a youth vaping epidemic that has spiraled since the company’s 2015 launch.  

In 2012, the FDA approved Amyvid dye, the first Alzheimer’s biomarker test. But the dye requires a PET scan and costs thousands of dollars.  Researchers are looking for better biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and improved drug research. The tau protein, for example, is…

David Sackler says his family isn’t to blame for the opioid crisis. In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Sackler hit back against widespread accusations that the family firm, Purdue Pharma, spurred the crisis with aggressive and misleading marketing of OxyContin.

Minnesota mom Lija Greenseid recently led a caravan to the Canadian border on a quest for insulin her daughter’s Type 1 diabetes.   Outraged by the near-doubling in cost of insulin in the US in recent years, she organized a small group of Americans to Ontario, where they…

“Don’t wait for Pig Zero,” touted the drugmaker Elanco, encouraging farmers to liberally distribute antibiotics to herds as a preventive measure that also fattens up livestock.   It’s the opposite of the message health officials want to send. The FDA prohibits the fattening…

It’s high time science bid farewell to the default male model in animal research, according to the neurologist Rebecca Shansky.   Since 2016 sex has been a required variable in NIH studies, but the bias persists, she writes in a commentary in Science.  

Women account for over half of people living with HIV worldwide. That’s not obvious from the research, which relies heavily on gay male participants. Yet there are key differences in how male and female immune systems respond to the virus—a relevant factor in efforts to…

Armed with tempting sums of cash, Juul Labs has been aggressively recruiting e-cigarette researchers in a bid to show the FDA—by 2022—that its blockbuster vape products are a “net public health good” when it comes to promoting smoking cessation, Sheila Kaplan reports.…