May 14, 2016 |
British drug maker AstraZeneca, with North America headquarters in Wilmington, announced Thursdaythat the Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug Designation for its MEK inhibitor selumetinib for the treatment of patients with advanced thyroid cancer who fail to respond adequately to radioactive iodine. Orphan Drug status is given to drugs and biologics which treat, diagnose, or prevent rare diseases or disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 U.S. residents. One benefit of Orphan Drug status is a seven-year period of market exclusivity, if the drug is approved.
October 3, 2012 |
Carol Elkman Schwartz, 66, of West Mount Airy, owner of the Carol Schwartz Gallery in Chestnut Hill, died of thyroid cancer Monday, Oct. 1, at home. In 1990, Mrs. Schwartz opened the business in Chestnut Hill featuring fine art, vintage posters, Judaica, jewelry, and crafts. Her husband, Elliot, had operated the gallery with her since 1995, when he retired as a dress manufacturer. The store, which also offers custom framing, corporate and residential art consultations, and collaborations with interior designers, began in 1979 in the couple's former home in Flourtown.
December 21, 2012 |
Stanley Elkman, 90, a lion among Philadelphia advertising agency owners of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, of kidney failure at a hospice in Delray Beach, Fla. Mr. Elkman founded Elkman Advertising in 1954, a time when, spurred by the rise of consumerism following World War II, the big agencies of Philadelphia were coming into their own. The age spawned Aitkin-Kynett, Lewis & Gilman, Kalish & Rice, Gray & Rogers, Spiro &...
June 20, 2002 |
New Jersey health officials will begin giving residents and workers within a 10-mile radius of nuclear plants potassium iodide tablets - small, white pills that help protect against thyroid cancer in the event of a nuclear accident or attack. Starting next month, the pills will be available at soon-to-be-designated centers in Salem and Ocean Counties, where the state's four nuclear reactors are located. Residents within that 10-mile radius, as well as people working, visiting or vacationing there, will be given a one-day supply of potassium iodide.
June 22, 1995 |
The Houston Astros acquired outfielder Derrick May from the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday in exchange for a minor-league player to be named. May, a native of Newark, Del., hit .248 with one home run and nine RBIs in 32 games with the Brewers this season. May, son of former major-leaguer Dave May, played 100 games for the Cubs last season and hit .284 with 51 RBIs. The Astros made room on the roster by sending pitcher Doug Brocail to triple-A Tucson. Designated hitter Chili Davis, the leading hitter for the AL West- leading California Angels, was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
April 10, 2002
New Jersey said yes. Delaware said yes. But still no word from Pennsylvania on whether it will accept the federal government's offer of free pills that could help protect citizens against some health problems that could result from a nuclear power plant accident or attack. The pills - potassium iodide - prevent the thyroid cancer that can result when someone inhales invisible amounts of radioactive iodine released accidentally by a power plant. Potassium iodide isn't a magic potion that can protect you from all consequences of spewing radiation.
October 1, 1998 |
Music director Wolfgang Sawallisch has canceled two weeks of concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra this month to be with his wife, who has been under treatment in Munich for thyroid cancer. Mechthild Sawallisch was admitted to a hospital in August for treatment, missing her husband's 75th birthday celebration at their home in Grassau. Sawallisch told the orchestra he wanted to be at home with her during her recuperation. In his place, Zdenek Macal, music director of the New Jersey Symphony, will conduct concerts Oct. 8-10 in the Academy of Music and Oct. 12 in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
August 6, 2002 |
State officials outlined yesterday how they will distribute free potassium iodide pills to one million people who live or work near nuclear power plants to protect them from thyroid cancer in the event that radiation is released. Beginning Aug. 15, about 964,000 residents and workers within 10 miles of the nuclear plants - the Limerick plant in Montgomery County and four other plants in the state - will be able to pick up the free tablets for six days at several locations, said state Health Secretary Robert Zimmerman.
March 18, 2011 |
Although the Japanese nuclear emergency is unfolding more than 6,000 miles away, it has caused some who live near Pennsylvania's Limerick Generating Station to check their medicine cabinets for something they hope they'll never need: potassium iodide tablets. The pills temporarily block the impact of radioactive iodine - one of the forms of radiation released in a nuclear meltdown - and the Montgomery County Health Department had given out 13,000 of them this week as of midday Thursday.
January 21, 2005 |
He walked with a cane and spoke in a weaker and raspier voice than normal, but Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist nonetheless looked vigorous yesterday as he administered the oath of office to President Bush. While some television observers noted how weak and frail the chief justice appeared, in truth the 80-year-old did not look much different than usual - and seemed healthier than many had speculated. Battling an aggressive form of thyroid cancer, the chief justice has been absent from the bench since late October, fueling speculation that he might retire soon and give Bush his first occasion to fill a Supreme Court seat.