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Kiser J.J.,Aurora Pharmaceutical | Flexner C.,Johns Hopkins University
Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology | Year: 2013

Two selective inhibitors of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease nearly double the cure rates for this infection when combined with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. These drugs, boceprevir and telaprevir, received regulatory approval in 2011 and are the first direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) that selectively target HCV. During 2012, at least 30 additional DAAs were in various stages of clinical development. HCV protease inhibitors, polymerase inhibitors, and NS5A inhibitors (among others) can achieve high cure rates when combined with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin and demonstrate promise when used in combination with one another. Current research is attempting to improve the pharmacokinetics and tolerability of these agents, define the best regimens, and determine treatment strategies that produce the best outcomes. Several DAAs will reach the market simultaneously, and resources will be needed to guide the use of these drugs. We review the clinical pharmacology, trial results, and remaining challenges of DAAs for the treatment of HCV. © 2013 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.


Matheson C.J.,Aurora Pharmaceutical | Backos D.S.,Aurora Pharmaceutical | Reigan P.,Aurora Pharmaceutical
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences | Year: 2016

WEE1 kinase plays a crucial role in the G2–M cell-cycle checkpoint arrest for DNA repair before mitotic entry. Normal cells repair damaged DNA during G1 arrest; however, cancer cells often have a deficient G1–S checkpoint and depend on a functional G2–M checkpoint for DNA repair. WEE1 is expressed at high levels in various cancer types including breast cancers, leukemia, melanoma, and adult and pediatric brain tumors. Many of these cancers are treated with DNA-damaging agents; therefore, targeting WEE1 for inhibition and compromising the G2–M checkpoint presents an opportunity to potentiate therapy. In this review we summarize the current WEE1 inhibitors, the potential for further inhibitor development, and the challenges in the clinic for the WEE1 inhibitor strategy. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd


Patel M.,Aurora Pharmaceutical
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences | Year: 2016

There is widespread recognition that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play key roles in normal brain function and pathology in the context of neurological disease. Oxidative stress continues to be a key therapeutic target for neurological diseases. In developing antioxidant therapies for neurological disease, special attention should be given to the brain's unique vulnerability to oxidative insults and its architecture. Consideration of antioxidant therapy should be guided by a strong rationale for oxidative stress in a given neurological disease. This review provides an overview of processes that can guide the development of antioxidant therapies in neurological diseases, such as knowledge of basic redox mechanisms, unique features of brain pathophysiology, mechanisms and classes of antioxidants, and desirable properties of drug candidates. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd


MacLaren R.,Aurora Pharmaceutical | Reynolds P.M.,Aurora University | Allen R.R.,Peak Statistical Services
JAMA Internal Medicine | Year: 2014

IMPORTANCE Histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs) and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly used to prevent gastrointestinal tract (GI) hemorrhage in critically ill patients. The stronger acid suppression of PPIs may reduce the rate of bleeding but enhance infectious complications, specifically pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the occurrence and risk factors for GI hemorrhage, pneumonia, and CDI in critically ill patients. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS A pharmacoepidemiological cohort studywas conducted of adult patients requiring mechanical ventilation for 24 hours or more and administered either an H2RA or PPI for 48 hours or more while intubated across 71 hospitals between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2008. Propensity score-adjusted and propensity-matched multivariate regression models were used to control for confounders. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Primary outcomeswere secondary diagnoses of International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9)-coded GI hemorrhage, pneumonia, and CDI occurring 48 hours or more after initiating invasive ventilation. RESULTS Of 35 312 patients, 13 439 (38.1%) received H2RAs and 21 873 (61.9%) received PPIs. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage (2.1% vs 5.9%; P < .001), pneumonia (27%vs 38.6%; P < .001), and CDI (2.2%vs 3.8%; P < .001) occurred less frequently in the H2RA group. After adjusting for propensity score and covariates, odds ratios of GI hemorrhage (2.24; 95%CI, 1.81-2.76), pneumonia (1.2; 95%CI, 1.03-1.41), and CDI (1.29; 95%CI, 1.04-1.64) were greater with PPIs. Similar results were obtained in the propensity-matched models of 8799 patients in each cohort. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Proton pump inhibitors are associated with greater risks of GI hemorrhage, pneumonia, and CDI than H2RAs in mechanically ventilated patients. Numerous other risk factors are apparent. These data warrant confirmation in comparative prospective studies. Copyright © 2014 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.


Maclaren R.,Aurora Pharmaceutical | Campbell J.,Aurora Pharmaceutical
Critical Care Medicine | Year: 2014

Objective: To examine the cost-effectiveness of using histamine receptor-2 antagonist or proton pump inhibitor for stress ulcer prophylaxis. Design: Decision analysis model examining costs and effectiveness of using histamine receptor-2 antagonist or proton pump inhibitor for stress ulcer prophylaxis. Costs were expressed in 2012 U.S. dollars from the perspective of the institution and included drug regimens and the following outcomes: clinically significant stress-related mucosal bleed, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and Clostridium difficile infection. Effectiveness was the mortality risk associated with these outcomes and represented by survival. Costs, occurrence rates, and mortality probabilities were extracted from published data. Setting: A simulation model. Patients: A mixed adult ICU population. Interventions: Histamine receptor-2 antagonist or proton pump inhibitor for 9 days of stress ulcer prophylaxis therapy. MAIN MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: Output variables were expected costs, expected survival rates, incremental cost, and incremental survival rate. Univariate sensitivity analyses were conducted to determine the drivers of incremental cost and incremental survival. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was conducted using second-order Monte Carlo simulation. For the base case analysis, the expected cost of providing stress ulcer prophylaxis was $6,707 with histamine receptor-2 antagonist and $7,802 with proton pump inhibitor, resulting in a cost saving of $1,095 with histamine receptor-2 antagonist. The associated mortality probabilities were 3.819% and 3.825%, respectively, resulting in an absolute survival benefit of 0.006% with histamine receptor-2 antagonist. The primary drivers of incremental cost and survival were the assumptions surrounding ventilator-associated pneumonia and bleed. The probabilities that histamine receptor-2 antagonist was less costly and provided favorable survival were 89.4% and 55.7%, respectively. A secondary analysis assuming equal rates of C. difficile infection showed a cost saving of $908 with histamine receptor-2 antagonists, but the survival benefit of 0.0167% favored proton pump inhibitors. Conclusions: Histamine receptor-2 antagonist therapy appears to reduce costs with survival benefit comparable to proton pump inhibitor therapy for stress ulcer prophylaxis. Ventilator- associated pneumonia and bleed are the variables most affecting these outcomes. The uncertainty in the findings justifies a prospective trial. © 2013 by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Fritz K.S.,Aurora Pharmaceutical | Petersen D.R.,Aurora Pharmaceutical
Free Radical Biology and Medicine | Year: 2013

The nonenzymatic free radical generation of reactive aldehydes is known to contribute to diseases of sustained oxidative stress including rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, neurodegeneration, and a number of liver diseases. At the same time, the accumulation of lipid electrophiles has been demonstrated to play a role in cell signaling events through modification of proteins critical for cellular homeostasis. Given the broad scope of reactivity profiles and the ability to modify numerous proteomic and genomic processes, new emphasis is being placed on a systems-based analysis of the consequences of electrophilic adduction. This review focuses on the generation and chemical reactivity of lipid-derived aldehydes with a special focus on the homeostatic responses to electrophilic stress. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.


Petrash J.M.,Aurora Pharmaceutical
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science | Year: 2013

Reduced quality of life and financial burden due to visual impairment and blindness begin to increase dramatically when individuals reach the age of 40. The major causes of agerelated vision loss can be traced to changes to the structure and function of the lens, one of the tissues responsible for focusing light on the retina. Age-related nuclear cataracts, which are caused by aggregation and condensation of proteins, diminish vision because they impede the transmission and focusing of light on the retina. In addition to the slowdeveloping age-related form, cataracts often develop rapidly as a complication of ocular surgery, such as following vitrectomy or as a consequence of vitreous gel degeneration. Posterior capsular opacification, which can develop following cataract removal, is caused by proliferation and inappropriate accumulation of lens epithelial cells on the surfaces of intraocular lenses and the posterior lens capsule. Presbyopia is a loss of accommodative amplitude and reduced ability to shift focus from far to near objects. Onset of presbyopia is associated with an increase in lens hardness and reduced ability of the lens to change shape in response to ciliary muscle contraction. Avenues of promising research that seek to delay or prevent these causes of low vision are discussed in light of our current understanding of disease pathogenesis and some challenges that must be met to achieve success. © The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.


Heit C.,Aurora Pharmaceutical
Sub-cellular biochemistry | Year: 2013

Ethanol consumption has effects on the central nervous system (CNS), manifesting as motor incoordination, sleep induction (hypnosis), anxiety, amnesia, and the reinforcement or aversion of alcohol consumption. Acetaldehyde (the direct metabolite of ethanol oxidation) contributes to many aspects of the behavioral effects of ethanol. Given acetaldehyde cannot pass through the blood brain barrier, its concentration in the CNS is primarily determined by local production from ethanol. Catalase and cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) represent the major enzymes in the CNS that catalyze ethanol oxidation. CYP2E1 is expressed abundantly within the microsomes of certain brain cells and is localized to particular brain regions. This chapter focuses on the discussion of CYP2E1 in ethanol metabolism in the CNS, covering topics including how it is regulated, where it is expressed and how it influences sensitivity to ethanol in the brain.


Patent
Aurora Pharmaceutical | Date: 2014-06-09

The present inventions relate to a number of fields including wound healing, a waterless antibacterial disinfectant, a surgical scrub, insect repellant, and methods of treating traumatic injuries, particularly those on the battlefield where there is a need to stabilize the patient and prevent infection.


Patent
Aurora Pharmaceutical | Date: 2014-03-18

This invention encompasses products and methods for preventing teat infections in cows resulting from a variety of causes. More specifically, this invention relates to products and methods for blocking a cows teat and teat canal to prevent infection during a non-lactating period.

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