A meta-analysis of data from more than 160,000 diabetics has offered some convincing data to support the theory that PPARγ activation by glitazones--either Avandia (GlaxoSmithKline's rosiglitazone) or pioglitazone--offers significant protection against Parkinson's disease. And the researchers who did the study say that their work should help accelerate work in the field.
Israel's Oramed announced final-stage talks of a $50 million deal to sell China rights for its clinical-stage oral insulin candidate to a consortium of investors. The group consists of Sinopharm Capital Management and Hefei Life Science & Technology Park Investments and Development.
China's Guangxi Wuzhou Pharmaceutical bought a 10% stake in Israel's Oramed Pharma for $52 million as well as China rights to two diabetes treatments, Reuters reported. The deal builds on a December 2014 investment of $5 million for a 7% stake in a private placement.
Hypertension afflicted 25.2% of China's adult population and diabetes 9.7%, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. That's according to a survey conducted by the National Health and Family Planning Commission over a decade that jibes with other recent public policy healthcare reform efforts by the State Council.
Rising cardiovascular disease rates in China are directly linked to a change in diet as incomes drive up demand for processed meat with high salt content. That and other dietary changes are creating a heavier population and driving government healthcare cost reforms, Xinhua reports.
KKR-backed Panasonic Healthcare clinched a deal to buy Bayer's Diabetes Care unit in months of dealmaking that saw sources suggest an offer range of $2.3 billion to $830 million and included a reported bid by China's Sinocare for $1 billion.
Australia's Proteomics International Laboratories said it has produced and validated the world's first predictive test for the diagnosis of diabetic kidney disease after a four-year study.
AstraZeneca Pharma India has signed up Dr. Reddy's Laboratories to distribute its diabetes medicines Riax and Riax-M in India as domestic and foreign companies look for advantages in a crucial and sharply competitive market where generic activity is on the rise.
China's Sinocare reportedly has made a $1 billion bid for Germany-based Bayer's diabetes devices. As maker of blood-sugar monitors, Sinocare would be challenging a broader based company, Panasonic Healthcare, already months into discussions with the seller.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins say they've identified a link between high blood sugar and an interference with mitochondria that could make for a prime new target in the field of diabetes drug research.