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FDA publishes list of drugs with new safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a list of medicines for which there are new safety warnings or errors with the package inserts.

FDA approves new melanoma drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first of a new type of immunotherapy that aims to direct a patient’s own immune system against the body's cancer.

Crack mayor Rob Ford drops out of Toronto race

Montreal - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who won global notoriety when he admitted smoking crack during a drunken binge, abandoned his re-election bid on Friday, after he was diagnosed with a stomach tumor.

Finding new ways to identify Ebola drugs

Liverpool - Discovering new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection should relate to the types of proteins inside a cell that are critical for the functions of Ebola virus, according to a new study.

NECC pharmacist arrested at Logan Airport

Framingham - The pharmacist who oversaw the sterile compounding at NECC was arrested at Logan Airport as he was about to board a plane for Hong Kong. He is charged with knowingly releasing a contaminated steroid product which caused fifteen deaths.

Researchers discover key antibiotic power of honey bee bacteria

Lund - A budding discovery courtesy of research teams at Lund University in Sweeden may open the door to defeating deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

A+ student attempts robbery of couple after going 'off the rails'

Leicester Crown Court heard yesterday how an English college student achieving A+ grades for her work attempted the robbery of a couple in the street after going "off the rails" when falling into bad company.

Seaweed suppository delivers HIV drugs

Scientists have devised a new method of tackling HIV and AIDS transmission. It is a vaginally-inserted suppository which contains the antiretroviral Tenofovir.

Using cancer-fighting drugs against malaria

Scientists have identified a several compounds that may lead to different ways to fight the malaria. Specifically, a university team has identified 31 enzyme-blocking molecules that could halt malaria before symptoms start.

U.K. announces restrictions on cancer medicines

London - The U.K. government has announced that is extending the annual spend on its Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) from the current £200 million a year to £280 million a year. This is to accommodate for the rise of cancer drug costs.

Uruguay begins registering marijuana growers

Montevideo - Just a handful of people had registered by midday Wednesday to be private growers of marijuana in Uruguay, the first country to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of the drug.

Top Colombian drug hitman who killed 300 is freed

Estanzuela - The head of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hitmen, a confessed murderer nicknamed "Popeye," was released from prison after helping prosecutors convict a former justice minister.

One-third of British students have tried 'legal highs'

A new report suggests that around on third of students in the U.K. have used so-termed “legal highs.” These are products manufactured from the herb Salvia. The report suggests that the students under appreciate the potential harm.

Do celebrity drug endorsements work?

New research reveals the common practice of using celebrity-endorsed drug adverts to offer treatments more credibility does not influence doctors when it comes to prescribing or strongly influencing consumers when they visit drug stores.

New drug mix 'killer heroin' spreading across United States

In recent months, a disturbing amount of fatalities are believed to be caused by heroin spiked with a powerful narcotic. The combination is extremely dangerous, and often deadly.

Mom turned in by 7-year-old son for allegedly cooking meth

Edgewater - A Florida mom faces drug and child neglect charges after her son revealed "mommy's bad stuff" in the trunk of her car to their landlord.

LatAm losing fear of legalizing drugs: Ecuador president

Guatemala City - Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that Latin America is "losing fear" of legalizing drugs after decades of fighting traffickers with ample US prodding but limited success.

U.S. set for record drug recalls

According to a report from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, the number of drug recalls in 2014 within the U.S. looks set to become the highest number of recalls to date.

Human LSD research resumes in UK following 40-year break

London - Lucy doesn't need to travel to the sky anymore to play with her diamonds, she'll just need an airplane ticket getting her to London's Heathrow Airport.

New research to improve tuberculosis drugs

New clues to understanding how the most important medication for tuberculosis (TB) works may lead to a new generation of medicines to fight the virulent bacterium.

Fraudulent Ebola treatments sold online

Bethesda - The U.S. FDA is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. It seems that there are a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.

Op-Ed: Ebola drugs are a 'long way off' from large-scale production

The announcement that World Health Organization (WHO) consultants have agreed that experimental Ebola drugs can be used to tackle the African outbreak made headlines. However drug companies cannot readily produce the medications in large supplies.

FDA to examine female sexual dysfunction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a two-day, late-October meeting on female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The FDA has invited FSD patients, researchers, and clinicians who have experience with FSD.

CA grandparents are allegedly using lethal amounts of meth

San Diego - According to government records Southern California deaths from meth have spiked among Baby Boomers. Addiction experts believe declining health and lack of support contribute to the trend.

'Ethical' to use experimental drugs in Ebola fight: WHO panel

Geneva - A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000.

Hospital staff say they were tricked into selling execution drugs

Lake Charles - It is clear that a local hospital sold state prison officials drugs used to execute prisoners. What is not so clear is whether the hospital staff knew what jailers were going to use them for.

Warning over 'laughing gas' drug craze

London - A health warning has been issued across the U.K., via local authorities, about the dangers of inhaling "laughing gas." The gas — mostly used in medicine — has become a popular recreational drug, known for its relaxing effects.

Ebola, experimental drugs, and human ethics

Geneva - The administration of an experimental serum to two U.S. healthcare workers treated for Ebola raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics, according to the World Health Organization.

Irish drug smuggler in Peru set for switch to N. Ireland jail

Lima - Peruvian authorities have accepted a request to transfer an Irish woman jailed for attempted cocaine smuggling to a prison back home in Northern Ireland, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Party drug proves deadly at Toronto's Veld Special

Toronto - This weekend two young people died after consuming "party drugs" at the VELD Music Festival in Toronto's Downsview Park. Many more were taken to hospital and those numbers are climbing says Toronto Police. The average age of victims is just 19.
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