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Drugs

February 2018

Nefecon (targeted-release budesonide formulation) for IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s disease)

Budesonide is a steroid drug which reduces inflammation. Nefecon is a new oral formulation of budesonide that is designed to specifically deliver the drug to a place in the intestine where most of the immune cells producing IgA are located. This has the potential advantage of targeting the underlying process that causes IgAN with significantly fewer side effects when compared to the generally used systemic steroids such as prednisone, (which is delivered throughout the whole body). If licenced, Nefecon has the potential to become the first disease-specific treatment for IgAN.

Drugs

September 2017

Pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron) for bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis)

Pentosan polysulfate sodium is the only oral medication that has been developed for bladder pain syndrome. As well as relieving pain and urgency, it is also thought to help to repair the bladder lining. The drug is taken as oral capsules three times a day. If this medicine is launched in the UK, it will …

Diagnostics

December 2016

PERiPLEX for the detection of acute infection in peritoneal dialysis

PERiPLEX® is a point-of-care test for the detection of markers of infection (peritonitis) in people undergoing peritoneal dialysis for end stage renal disease. It is designed to be suitable for self-testing. The assay has been developed by Mologic Ltd. and may enable people to test for the presence of acute infection in their own home.

Drugs

November 2016

Plazomicin for complicated urinary tract infection

Serious infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics and are a serious global concern. If licensed, plazomicin will offer a treatment option for those patients who have a complicated urinary tract infection or acute pyelonephritis caused by multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria, a group who currently have few effective and …

Drugs

September 2016

Nivolumab (Opdivo) and ipilimumab (Yervoy) for advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma – first line

Nivolumab and ipilimumab are two drugs used to treat renal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of kidney cancer. Many people with kidney cancer show no symptoms for many years and are often diagnosed late, after the cancer has spread. Nivolumab and ipilimumab are delivered straight into the blood and work by altering …

Drugs

September 2016

Eculizumab (Soliris) for prevention of delayed graft function after kidney transplantation in adult patients at increased risk – first line

Eculizumab is a drug to prevent delayed graft function in people who have undergone a kidney transplant and are at a high risk of this complication. Delayed graft function means the transplant is not working effectively enough and that dialysis is needed within a week of transplantation. Eculizumab is delivered straight into the blood and …

Devices

September 2016

InFlow intraurethral valve-pump for atonic bladder

The inFlow™ Intraurethral Valve-Pump (the inFlow™ device) developed by Vesiflo is a nonsurgical urinary device for women with atonic bladder due to impaired detrusor contractility (IDC). The inflow device allows women  with IDC to urinate without the need to catheterise daily or to use an indwelling catheter and urine drainage bag.

Drugs

July 2016

Low dose desmopressin lyophilisate (Noqdirna) for nocturia in adults

Producing too much urine at night is the main cause of nocturia (the need to wake up at night to urinate). Although it affects a large number of men and women, particularly as they get older, nocturia is often not recognised as a separate condition and treated with medications for overactive bladder or enlarged prostate …

Diagnostics

April 2016

IBSchek™ for post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The IBSchek™ measures specific proteins in the blood to find out whether a patient has post infectious irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is a condition which affects the bowel, causing stomach pain, diarrhoea and constipation and occurs after a case of gastroenteritis. The developer says the advantage of this test is that it may reduce …

Devices

July 2015

OnPulse™ nerve stimulation technology for urinary and faecal incontinence

OnPulse™ is the technology used in a self-adhesive, disposable, battery powered patch that delivers transcutaneous neurostimulation to a nerve at the ankle (posterior tibial nerve). The device has been developed by FirstKind Ltd. and is intended for use in patients with urinary and faecal incontinence.

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