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A Deep-dive Into Specialty Pharma

A specialty drug is a class of prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic or rare medical conditions. Although this classification was originally intended to define the treatment of rare, also termed “orphan” diseases, affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the US, more recently, specialty drugs have emerged as the cornerstone of treatment for chronic and complex diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.

Taking the fun out of weed, but addressing unmet need: Startup refining cannabinoids for therapeutic use

Los Angeles startup Kalytera Therapeutics is taking the high out of the THC – refining cannabinoids so they can have broader therapeutic applications in conditions like osteoporosis, Prader-Willi syndrome, PTSD, obesity and weight loss associated with cancer. Kalytera just raised $500,000 in seed funding, according to a regulatory filing. There’s a litany of potential applications for […]

2014 election results: Marijuana wins in Oregon, Alaska and D.C.

The Ballot Measure 2 votes in Alaska were still being counted into this morning, but it’s official. Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. now have new marijuana laws following yesterday’s election. Oregon is now the third U.S. state to fully legalize marijuana possession and sale starting July 1, 2015. Following the example of Colorado and Washington, Oregon […]

The need for weed: Four states voting on pot this election

Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in four states today: Alaska, Oregon, Florida and Maine. The acceptance of having pot as part of the political conversation has made major progress since the previous voting period, and these regions will potentially change the stigma behind the conversation even more. Alaska: Ballot Measure 2 would legalize the […]