Articles by Natasha T. Metzler - Pharmaceutical Executive


Articles by Natasha T. Metzler

Natasha T. Metzler

Why COX-2 Inhibitors Hurt the Heart
April 26, 2006

A new study details the physiological reasons why COX-2 inhibitorsincrease the risk of heart disease. Suppressing the production of one key fact does reduce pain, but it also deprives the body of a mechanism to curb blood clots, resist artery hardening, and regulate blood pressure.

Court Says Agency Must Decide on Generic HGH
April 26, 2006

A federal district court ruled that FDA cannot fail to rule on a Sandoz's application for approval of omnitrope, a human growth hormone, just because it has no policy for generic biologics. Court watchers say the decision may help other generic biologics move forward in the approvals process.

Novartis Ups Bid for Chiron
April 12, 2006

Industry experts weigh in on what could be the resolution of a long saga.

Commuting Plays a Major Role in the Spread of Influenza
April 12, 2006

New research shows that travel to and from work is important in spreading influenza from city to city and state to state.

Study Compares Schizophrenia Treatments
April 12, 2006

Psychiatrists offer insight on the second phase of results from a National Institutes of Health study comparing different anti-psychotic drugs.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Patent Case
March 29, 2006

The high court could fine-tune the definition of what is patentable in deciding LabCorp v. Metabolite. Legal experts weigh-in on the nuances of the case.

HIV-produced Protein Decreases Antibody Specificity
March 29, 2006

A new study indicates that a protein produced by HIV invades uninfected B cells and inhibits a mechanism that makes certain antibodies very good at targeting invading agents.

Label Changes Would Have Minimal Impact on ADHD Market
March 29, 2006

Experts say proposed label changes or black box warnings would not significantly decrease ADHD drug prescriptions. But they see potential market opportunities for new products and generics.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Linked to Serotonin
March 15, 2006

A University of Chicago professor explains his findings that serotonin induces gasping in oxygen-deprived infants. These results will probably not lead to Prozac prescriptions for babies, but they could be used to find a genetic marker for SIDS risk down the road.


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