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FDA approves Opdivo, Yervoy combination for kidney cancer

FDA approves Opdivo, Yervoy combination for kidney cancer

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April 17 (UPI) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved a combination of two immunotherapy drugs, ipilimumab and nivolumab, to treat metastatic kidney cancer.The FDA approved the injection combination Monday based on the CheckMate 214 trial. The Phase 3 trial results were published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.The lifetime risk for developing kidney cancer is 1 in 48 among men and 1 in 83 among women, according to the American Cancer Society. And about 14,970 people will die each year because of the disease in the United States."The approval of this combination immunotherapy is the most significant advance for the treatment of kidney cancer over the last 10 years," study leader Dr. Hans Hammers, co-head of the Kidney Cancer Program at University of Texas Southweste...
State Dept. approves $1.3B sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

State Dept. approves $1.3B sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

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April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the $ 1.31 billion sale, for which Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the primary contractors. Congress was notified of the possible sale on Thursday.The possible foreign military sale would provide Saudi Arabia with "180 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures for conversion to 177 M109A6 Paladin Howitzer systems."The M109A6 Paladin Howitzer system is a self-propelled, indirect-fire support weapon operated by a crew of four.The deal also includes three Fire Support Combined Arms Tactical Trainers static training, 180 M2 HB .50 Cal Machine Gun...
NIH approves clinical trials for vaccine against avian influenza

NIH approves clinical trials for vaccine against avian influenza

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March 16 (UPI) -- A federal agency is recruiting volunteers for two Phase 2 clinical trials for a vaccine against H7N9, a strain of avian influenza that has not reached humans in the United States.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, wants an effective vaccine ready for any H7N9 pandemics.The trials, which will last 16 months, will test the effectiveness of different dosages of the inactivated influenza vaccine candidate, called 2017 H7N9 IIV, in conjunction with other vaccines.The virus strain was first reported in humans in 2013 in China. Subsequently, six waves of H7N9 infection have occurred there, resulting in 1,565 human infections and 613 deaths, according to the World Health Organization in January.Right now,...
State Department approves $3.2B missile sale to Sweden

State Department approves $3.2B missile sale to Sweden

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Sweden of Patriot Configuration-3 Modernized Fire Units.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the $ 3.2 billion sale, for which Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the primary contractors.The possible foreign military sale would provide Sweden with four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM missiles, 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, and other equipment and technology to aid in the firing process.The deal also includes communications equipment and technical publications, along with training equipment. Use of the Patriot units will require approximat...
State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved the potential $ 133.3 million foreign military sale of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan.The deal, announced on Tuesday, is set to provide the government of Japan with four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles, along with four Mk 29 missile canisters, if approved by the U.S. Congress, which has been notified of the potential sale.The contract will also provide U.S. government and contracted technical assistance, along with transportation, engineering and logistics support services, the Pentagon said in a press release.The Raytheon produced Standard Missile-3 Interceptor is a defensive weapon used to destroy short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The missiles are fired out of the Mk 29 Sea Sparrow Guided Missile Laun...