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Clinical trial tragedy in France: An update

Rennes - The unexpected reactions, and fatality, associated with a clinical trial that went wrong in France shocked many people. Now a little time has passed, an investigation by French authorities has revealed a pattern.

Shkreli set to take the Fifth Amendment at hearing

Washington - Ex-pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has stated he would like to "berate" and "insult" Congress. However, for this week’s hearing he is set to take the Fifth Amendment.

Poland's rapper MP unveils bill on medical marijuana

Varsovia - A Polish rapper-turned-politician on Monday presented a draft bill on legalising medical marijuana in an EU nation where two-thirds of people back the idea.

1,500-year-old wooden foot found in Austria

Vienna - Archeologists in Austria said Thursday they had found what they believe to be Europe's oldest prosthetic implant in the shape of a wooden foot dating from the sixth century.

FDA takes legal action against pharmaceutical company

Washington - A consent decree has been opened against Downing Labs LLC, of Dallas, Texas, together with the holding company. The action has been initiated by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay.

Russia detains surgeon who punched patient, causing death

Moscow - Russia on Monday detained a surgeon and prepared to jail him pending trial after he punched a patient causing his death in a brutal attack captured on video.

Russian doctor caught on camera flooring patient with deadly punch

Moscow - Russia opened an investigation on Saturday after a hospital doctor was captured on video punching a patient, knocking him to the floor and killing him instantly.

E-cigarettes win approval as 'a medicine’ in U.K.

London - E-cigarettes, which remain controversial, have been granted "medicinal" status in the U.K. This means some medical doctors could soon be prescribing the nicotine infused devices to patients.

Nurofen to be pulled in Australia over misleading claims

Sydney - Nurofen feels pain in Australia over misleading claimsdrug giant Reckitt Benckiser was Monday ordered to pull some of its popular Nurofen painkiller brands off shelves in Australia after a court ruled they made misleading claims.

Essential Science: Personalized medicines, the health innovation

The next 'big thing' in medical science is predicted to be personalized medicines. These are medicines tailored to one or for a small number of patients. This is a leap away from the idea of doctors prescribing from a narrow list.

Op-Ed: Should we be worried about 'smart medicines'?

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is developing a "smart inhaler" to collect information about use of the medical device. This follows on from an application for a "smart pill," which would tell a doctor whether you have taken your medicine.

Is it time to ban prescription drug adverts?

New York - A call has been made to prevent prescription-only drugs from being advertised because less expensive generic drugs may be crowded out of the marketplace.

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.

India’s second largest drugmaker receives warning letter

Mumbai - The second-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in India — Dr Reddy’s Laboratories — has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, the company has seen its share price slide.

Banana drug effective against viruses

Detroit - A chemical originally found bananas has the potential to combat a range of viruses , according to a new study. The drug is able to block the mechanism viruses use to take over human cells.

What pills do astronauts need to pack for space?

As the possibility of the first humans going to Mars inches closer, biologists are considering the types of medicines that would need to be taken on board a deep space flight.

Single blood test to diagnose most cancers

A new test, designed to detect a range of different cancers from a single drop of blood, is being developed in The Netherlands. If successful, such a method would cut-down the time taken to extract equivalent information from biopsies.

U.S. authorizes new pancreatic cancer therapy

A new treatment for pancreatic cancer has been approved in the U.S. This is a medication called Onivyde, produced by a research institute.

French court finds pharma firm Servier responsible in deadly drug scandal

Nanterre - Eight years after a scandal erupted over a diabetes drug linked to hundreds of deaths, a French court on Thursday found pharmaceutical firm Servier responsible for the first time for having left "defective" medicine on the market.

Agencies collaborate for improved public health

A number of major health agencies are coming together to improve public health on the global scale. The only downside is the pubic won't get to see the outcome of the information exchange.

Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

Paris - A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine.

Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

Stockholm - A trio of scientists earned the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives.

Pharma company criticized over pigeons in process area

Mumbai - Pan Drugs Limited of Nandesari, India has been cited by the U.S. FDA for evidence of pigeons in an area of a drug manufacturing facility used to process medications.

Italian-Chinese medical team to perform first head transplant

Bejing - An Italian-Chinese medical team plan to perform the world's first head transplant in China, one of the surgeons said Friday, amid concerns over medical ethics in the country.

Many drugs dropped from England’s Cancer Drug Fund

London - In a controversial move, the UK government has removed a whopping 23 drugs from the list of available anti-cancer medications approved for patients in England.

Google advances its healthcare business

San Fransisco - With the creation of Alphabet, Google is investing more money and resources into its developmental healthcare business with several innovations in the pipeline.

Russian unhappy with cosmetic operations shoots surgeon, self

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian plastic surgeon died on Tuesday after a patient upset over the results of several operations gunned him down and then took his own life.

New skin cancer drugs in development

Two new skin cancer drugs are moving towards regulatory approval and market launch, with release intended for both U.S. and Europe.

How opium poppies process morphine revealed for the first time

The process by which a poppy encodes enzymes to make morphine has been discovered. This relates to a specific gene. This could lead to alternative ways to produce the drug.

Delays found in drugmakers reporting of serious adverse reactions

Washington - Drugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.
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