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Top Ten most popular articles on this week

Happy Friday! It's time for another rundown of the top 10 most popular articles with readers this week.

10. NICE Chief Sir Andrew Dillon to step down in 2020

It’s the end of an era at NICE as its Chief Executive Sir Andrew Dillon announces that he will step down from his role at the end of March next year.

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The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the sales and marketing practices of San Diego firm Acadia Pharmaceuticals in relation to Nuplazid, a psychosis drug for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Personal genomics company 23andMe, this week announced they would offer reports on customer’s likelihood they would develop type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile researchers published results showing a new class of drugs offered similar efficacy to statins.

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HIV hit the headlines this week after it was announced that a British man known only as the ‘London Patient’ had been cured of HIV after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a donor with natural resistance to the immunodeficiency virus. Meanwhile Gilead offered positive results with HIV drug Biktarvy.

The news comes as sources told Reuters OxyContin drugmaker Purdue Pharma was exploring bankruptcy as a get out for the lawsuits they face over their role in manufacturing the opioid crisis.

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As the CRISPR twins’ story unfolds, scientists revealed that the Chinese babies were likely altered in a way that improves memory and cognition. Having opened a Pandora’s Box of ethical issues already, the prospect of performance enhancing genetic modification should force us to take action now!

Meanwhile are top story looked at a British scientist who developed a medical device able to inject drugs directly into the brain. The tech may open up new ways of treating an array of neurological conditions.

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News that the FDA’s advisory panel had recommended Janssen’s intranasal esketamine spray Spravato as a treatment for treatment resistant depression, took the top spot this week. The therapy, based on party drug ketamine, may act as a significant breakthrough in the neglected area of mental health.

Other news saw England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, who is leaving her current role to become Master of trinity College Cambridge, suggest that as many as one third of antibiotics may be prescribed inappropriately.

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The strike in Ireland featured twice in this week’s top 10 after Pfizer employees in County Cork lost a dispute over pensions. Two of our features also appeared in the top stories of the week. While ‘Counterfeit drugs – countering the lies’, picks apart ‘common sense’ claims on counterfeit drugs in asking to what extent the problem of falsified medicines is a problem at all; ‘Repurposed drugs’ looks at the Supreme Court ruling on the Lyrica patent and asks what it means.

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Scandal dominated this week’s news after Sunrise Lee, a stripper turned Insys sales rep was alleged to have given a disreputable doctor a lap dance in an effort to persuade him to prescribe the potent opioid fentanyl to his patients. Meanwhile Vertex terminated COO Ian Smith over ‘personal behaviour’ while an Israeli biotech made the dubious claim that it had created a complete cure for cancer.

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Job switches were the theme of this week as AstraZeneca lost three, high levels executives to biotechs amid a restructuring of the organisation. Meanwhile Roche’s Cindy Perettie became Foundation Medicine’s CEO while the former CEO of Novartis Corporation joined the board of the Florida-based immunotherapy firm, ImmunSYS.

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With the completion of Takeda’s £46 billion acquisition of Shire finally done, another even bigger merger was announced as US firm Bristol-Myers Squibb revealed that it would acquire Celgene in a deal worth $74 million. The news came after analysts suggested that $400 billion worth of M&A deals were expected for 2019.

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Brexit, business and biosimilars, seemed to be the three themes of 2018. As Brexit negotiations reached a stalemate the pharmaceutical industry continued to innovate. The top story of the year covered the fact that Amgen’s biosimilar prove non-inferior to Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade in rheumatoid arthritis. Meanwhile the British parliament’s choice to remain within the EMA regulatory network took second place, followed closely behind by the launch of another high profile biosimilar.

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