NOVARTIS' REVOLADE PROVED EFFECTIVE FOR SENIORS

"Novartis Korea said Tuesday additional data analysis from its EXTEND clinical trial for Revolade (ingredient: eltrombopag) proved it safe and effective for those 65 years and older with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

The sub-set study findings were presented at the first International Congress of BMT symposium held in Seoul on Aug. 26.

Revolade (known as Promacta in the U.S.) was developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and transferred to Novartis노바티스 when it acquired the former’s oncology portfolio."

- By Marian Chu, Korea Biomedical Review

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BISHOP SUTTON STUDENT'S WARRIOR SPIRIT

"...Whilst studying for a degree in Stage Management at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Megan is aiming to raise £100,000 to support her consultant Dr Charlotte Bradbury and her research team at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre in their study of ITP. The team are developing a tracer and blood scanning techniques that will enable them to identify suitable and effective treatments for the individual patients."

- By Selina Cuff, for http://www.chewvalleygazette.co.uk

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GIRL WITH RARE BLOOD DISORDER FORCED TO BEG FOR COSTLY MEDICINE

"...Instead of lying in a hospital bed and receiving medical care, 10-year old Bakhtawar Shafiq, who is suffering from a rare blood disorder, was forced to hold a protest demonstration in front of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday for a medicine that is vital for her survival but very costly and beyond the means of her poor parents.

“Doctors have diagnosed Bakhtawar with chronic immune thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), which is a bleeding disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot as it should. They have prescribed her tablet Revolade 50mg, whose single tablet costs around Rs3,660,” said the girl’s mother after the demonstration."

By M. Waqar Bhatti.  From thenews.com.pk.

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DOCS RESCUE DENGUE PATIENT WITH RARE BLOOD DISORDER

"...Dengue can lead to unforeseen complications if not diagnosed and treated in time.

A 34-year-old motivational speaker and trainer Anne Anish suffered multiple complications after being gripped by dengue. However, she returned to recovery following constant monitoring by a team of intensivists, doctors and support staff at a city hospital recently.

An underlying medical condition — immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), which she had been living with since childhood, led to rapid deterioration in her health. The blood disorder can lead to excessive bleeding resulting from unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help blood clot."

- By Umesh Isalkar, The Times of India

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