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Pharmaceutical News

China jails British, US investigators hired by GSK

Beijing - A British investigator once hired by scandal-hit pharmaceutical giant GSK in China was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for breaching privacy laws, a court said Friday.

Lawsuit claims stem cells unsafe

San Fransisco - StemCells, Inc., a California company developing cell therapies for a range of conditions, is being sued by a former employee who claims that the company did not follow proper protocol in preparing treatments.

China indicts GSK-linked foreign investigators: Xinhua

Shanghai - Prosecutors in Shanghai have indicted two foreign investigators linked to drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which is at the centre of a bribery scandal in China, state media reported Monday.

Chinese herb beats drug at rheumatoid arthritis: study

Paris - A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday said.

Investors bet Sun Pharma can restore Ranbaxy to health

New Delhi - On the surface, Sun Pharma's $3.2-billion purchase of Indian generics rival Ranbaxy, which is in deep trouble with US regulators over safety lapses, may not look like a great deal.

WHO urges global push to treat hepatitis C

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Wednesday for a dramatic increase in screening and treatment of hepatitis C, saying higher demand would help drive down the cost of drugs for the disease.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

US recommends aspirin for some pregnant women

Washington - A small subset of pregnant women could benefit from taking low-dose aspirin to prevent the potentially life-threatening complication called pre-eclampsia, US health authorities said Tuesday.

Promise seen with Pfizer breast cancer drug

Washington - An experimental cancer drug made by Pfizer has shown signs of promise at slowing the spread of advanced breast cancer, researchers said.

Indian drug maker Sun to buy troubled peer Ranbaxy for $4.0 bln

New Delhi - Top Indian drug giant Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said Monday it had agreed to buy its troubled peer Ranbaxy for $4.0 billion in stock, ending its ill-fated six-year control by Japan's Daiichi Sankyo.

Novartis replaces top Japan executives over drug trial scandal

Tokyo - Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said on Thursday it was replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over allegations the division hid serious potential side effects of leukaemia treatments from regulators.

U.S. approves novel remedy for hayfever, pollen allergies

Washington - U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a French-made remedy for alleviating symptoms of hayfever and certain allergies to grass pollen.

Cholesterol drugs 'aid erectile function': study

Washington - Men with erectile dysfunction may see improvements in their sexual ability while taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to research out Saturday.

Alternative treatment for cholesterol shows promise

Washington - An experimental treatment has shown promise in lowering bad cholesterol, offering hope for people at risk of heart disease but who cannot tolerate drugs known as statins, researchers said Sunday.

Alternative treatment for cholesterol shows promise

Washington - An experimental treatment has shown promise in lowering bad cholesterol, offering hope for people at risk of heart disease but who cannot tolerate drugs known as statins, researchers said Sunday.

Cholesterol drugs 'aid erectile function': study

Washington - Men with erectile dysfunction may see improvements in their sexual ability while taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to research out Saturday.

Tamiflu cuts flu death risk by 25 percent, study shows

Paris - The anti-virus drug Tamiflu reduced the risk of death from flu by a quarter among adults who took it during the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, a study said Wednesday.The findings, published in leading general medical journal The Lancet, should be a...

Snail venom cuts pain in early lab trial

Washington - An experimental drug made from snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, researchers said Sunday.The drug, which has not been tested yet on humans, was judged to be about...

Post-sex gel shows signs of promise against HIV

Washington - A first-of-its-kind vaginal gel that is designed to be applied after sex has shown promise in preventing the virus that causes AIDS in research monkeys, US scientists said Wednesday.While testing is still at a very early stage, researchers hope the gel...

Op-Ed: Medical cannabis the safe competition to pharmaceutical drugs

The cannabis plant is a safe alternative to a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs, especially for mood and anxiety disorders. Because of this, medical cannabis is clearly competition to the pharmaceutical industry.

GSK pays $1 bn to increase stake in Indian pharmaceutical unit

London - GlaxoSmithKline has lifted its stake in the group's Indian subsidiary to 75 percent, the British drugmaker said on Monday.GSK said in a statement that it had increased its stake in publicly-listed GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited from 50.7 perce...

Potent new painkiller stokes alarm in US

Washington - A potent new painkiller hit the US market this week, despite warnings from top experts that the drug may deliver a deadly setback in America's battle with opioid addiction.Zohydro ER can contain 10 times the amount of hydrocodone as the most popular pr...

Second U.S. baby is HIV-free after early treatment

Washington - A baby treated for HIV within hours of birth is free of the virus nearly a year later, in the second case that has raised hopes about early treatment, doctors said Wednesday.The approach mirrored that taken for a Mississippi baby, who has been off trea...

Taking 'scissors' to immune cells shows HIV promise

Washington - A new gene therapy approach that engineers a person's T cells so that they become resistant to the human immunodeficiency virus has shown early signs of success, researchers said Wednesday.Also called gene editing, the process acts like molecular sciss...

US aims to follow Britain's lead in fighting superbugs

Washington - Some $30 million proposed by President Barack Obama could help hospitals fight the growing problem of antibiotic resistance much the way Britain has, US health authorities said Tuesday.The extra funds for fiscal year 2015, if approved by Congress, woul...

Mistakes may be common in prescribing antibiotics in US

Washington - More than one third of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals might be unnecessary and could be fueling drug resistance, US health authorities said Tuesday.The latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms earlier re...

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to risk of ADHD

Washington - Acetaminophen, a common pain reliever considered safe for pregnant women, has been linked for the first time to an increased risk of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in children, said a study Monday.More studies are needed to confirm the fi...

Naproxen poses same heart risk as rival painkillers

Washington - The popular painkiller naproxen, manufactured by German drug giant Bayer, has the same cardiovascular risks as rival medicines, US regulators said Tuesday.Scientists from Oxford University had concluded that naproxen -- sold under the brand name Aleve ...

GSK brushes off China probe to post solid 2013 profits

London - GlaxoSmithKline's net profits jumped by a fifth in 2013 as lower taxes offset flat sales, announced on Wednesday the British drugmaker hit by a bribery probe in China.Earnings after tax rallied almost 21 percent to £5.4 billion ($8.8 billion, 6.

10 pharmaceutical giants join US research initiative

New York - Government researchers will collaborate with 10 large pharmaceutical companies on a $230 million initiative to speed development of new medications for major diseases, the US National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday.
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