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New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

Lethal autism 'cure' feared spreading to Britain

Police in Britain are investigating that country's first potential case of a parent giving their child bleach as a "cure" for autism.

Chipotle shares plummet as E. coli now reported in six states

The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of customers who had eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Oregon and Washington has now made its way to three more states. This brings the total up to six states that have been affected.

Should Robert Califf head up the FDA?

Washington - President Obama’s preferred candidate to head up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has faced criticisms over his apparent ties with the pharmaceutical industry. Robert Califf recently faced a hearing in the U.S. Senate.

Study: Pre-diabetes on rise and 1 in 3 will develop diabetes

A combined research effort from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has made helpful findings in the field of diabetes. It discovered half of adults at age 45 have developed prediabetes.

Tourniquets in schools and public places? They could save lives

The white House is proposing that tourniquets be made as available as are heart defibrillators in schools, airports, stadiums, shopping malls and other public places across the nation to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror attacks.

Obese children showing signs of heart disease

The growing problem of childhood obesity has been well documented and several health initiatives are in place. These may need to be advanced following a review of symptoms of heart disease in children.

Bilingual people recover from strokes better

Edinburgh - Bilingual people, according to a new study, are twice as likely to recover from a stroke compared with people who speak just one language.

Deadly gene resisting all forms of antibiotics found in China

Chinese scientists have discovered a gene in some pathogenic bacteria that make them resistant to drugs used when all other treatment regimens have failed, prompting scientists to warn that the world is on the "cusp of a post-antibiotic era."

Mexican girl's medical cannabis win raises hopes for others

Monterrey - Grace can finally sleep through the night without being awakened by one of her epileptic crises since the eight-year-old Mexican girl started taking cannabis-based medicine a month ago.

Valeant's low libido drug for women is not off to a good start

Women apparently don't have as many problems as men in the sack, because the highly touted "female Viagra" pill for women, Addyi, is having sales as slow as, well, molasses in January.

'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic: study

Paris - Medicine's final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

U.S. experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of STDs

The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, the CDC reported on Tuesday. The increases have been described as "alarming" by public health officials.

Which are the safest hospitals in the U.S.?

Washington - We live in a world where decision making is dominated by league tables, from consumers goods to education. Rightly or wrongly, healthcare is no exception. A new study examines the U.S. hospital sector.

Global drug spending set to rise to $1.4 trillion

In news that will no doubt please the shareholders of pharmaceutical companies, the global spend on drug products is set to rise by 30 percent by the year 2020. This means an annual pay-out of $1.4 trillion.

Many pharma companies failing the clinical trials test

London - The Good Pharma Scorecard is a system that ranks drugs based on their transparency and ethical practices. A review of some big pharma companies reveals several inconsistencies.

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana under presidential decree

In an information sheet released on Friday, Colombia announced it was planning to legalize medical marijuana. The announcement is seen as a further shift in the country's drug policies after aerial spraying of illicit crops was suspended.

FDA approves AstraZeneca's Tagrisso as lung cancer treatment

On Friday, AstraZeneca's new lung cancer drug, Tagrisso, was granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The once-daily medication is a treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

Mexico opposes marijuana reform, for now

Mexico - The legalization of marijuana in Mexico seems less likely after the country’s president Enrique Pena Nieto publicly stated his opposition to any reforms to current drug policy.
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