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Pharmaceuticals News

AbbVie buys Shire for $54 billion

London - The purchase of pharmaceutical company Shire by AbbVie will create one of the 50 largest companies in the world, and will move AbbVie’s corporate tax headquarters from North Chicago to the U.K.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Sometimes fatal side-effects to be revealed after Tor. Star probe

After an ongoing Toronto Star investigation exposed the fact that Health Canada was scrubbing crucial information from public view, the federal regulator will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

U.S. DEA cracks down on synthetic drugs

This week DEA agents launched raids in 29 U.S. states, making more than 150 arrests and serving 200 warrants, while also seizing more than $20 million in cash and assets in relation to synthetic drugs.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Did the Mafia snatch pharma drugs consignment?

Italian law enforcement has reported that a highly organized criminal ring is behind the distribution of stolen and counterfeit cancer drugs throughout Western Europe. Is it the Italian mafia?
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Is government needed for antibiotic development?

Major pharmaceutical companies are hindering the development of new antibiotics, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (U.K.).
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pharma teams up with high-tech firms to protect patents

On a quest to protect software patents, tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and IBM have joined forces with major pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers to evaluate the current patent system and secure protection from technological infringements.
In the Media by Simon Crompton - 1 comment

Drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

The U.S. FDA has asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Pfizer recalls antidepressants after pharmacist finds heart drug

A pharmacist found that a bottle of antidepressant Effexor XR contained one capsule of Tikosyn 0.25 milligram (dofetilide), which is used to treat heart rhythm disorders.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

You might not be able to afford this life-saving Hepatitis C drug

There's a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 -- or $1,000 a pill.
In the Media by Kaiser Health News

Europe levies fines on Johnson & Johnson and Novartis

The European Commission has imposed multi-million euro fines on Johnson & Johnson and Novartis for what it has called "shocking" breaches of competition law.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Janssen Pharmaceuticals fined $1.6 billion for misbranding

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (JPI) of Titusville, N.J., has been fined $1.6 billion for its role is selling a misbranded drug. The drug in question is Risperdal (risperidone).
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

China arrests two people linked to drug bribery claims

The co-founders of a business advisory company that has worked with GlaxoSmithKline have been arrested in China on suspicion of breaking laws related to purchasing personal information.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Cannabis-based spray approved in Italy

In an ongoing effort to penetrate the global market for cannabis-based medicines, GW Pharmaceuticals, a UK-based company, announced a key victory in Europe early this morning.
In the Media by Kent Mao - 3 comments

Cancer drug Avastin linked to 52 cases of flesh-eating disease

Patients seeking cancer treatment are being cautioned of an unusual side-effect associated with the cancer drug known as Avastin.
In the Media by Kent Mao - 2 comments

Balanced Solutions and Nora Apothecary recall products (updated)

Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy, LLC has announced a voluntary recall of all lots of sterile products compounded by the pharmacy that are not expired. The pharmacy joins a growing list of pharmacies recalling products across the U.S.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Eli Lilly drug thieves had 'insider knowledge'

It is alleged that thieves who broke into the warehouse of a major pharmaceutical company in Connecticut three years ago, stealing $70 million worth of drugs, obtained inside information that revealed weaknesses in the building's security system.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Bayer seeks to halt India producing affordable medicines

The government of India has rejected a request by the pharmaceutical company Bayer AG that it desists with the manufacture of a cheaper generic version of its patented cancer drug.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pharmaceutical waste puts fish at risk

A new study has looked at the affects of pharmaceutical by-products that enter the water supply and how some by-products can affect the behavior of fish, putting them at risk.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Bacteria used to clean pharmaceuticals from sewage

Removing pharmaceutical products from water and sewage, so that uncontaminated water can be safely passed back into the environment is a costly and tricky task. A new process, using an artificial wetland and bacteria, is a promising alternative.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Scientists analyze ancient pills found in Roman shipwreck

Ancient pills and surgical tools more than 2000 years old were discovered in a Roman shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany.
In the Media by Angela Harris - 4 comments

GlaxoSmithKline loses appeal in French 'gay sex addict' case

A Frenchman suffering from Parkinson's disease who claimed he developed addictions to gambling and sex following treatment with a drug made by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has been awarded substantial damages.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Genus pharmaceuticals told to remove ‘sexist’ advert

The pharmaceutical company Genus has been found in breach of an advertising code after it used a ‘sexually charged’ image for the promotion of its emollient cream.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Teva Phamaceutical investigated for business practices

Teva Pharmaceutical, a major drugs manufacturer and importer of medicines into the US, is the target of a federal bribery investigation.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New study proposes throwing unwanted drugs in garbage

Michigan - How should consumers get rid of unwanted pharmaceuticals and other drug products? A new report assess the best way in terms of cost and environmental impact and has concluded that those unwanted pills should be simply thrown in the thrash.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

$70 million worth of stolen pharmaceuticals recovered

US law enforcement officials have successfully investigated and recovered more than $70 million in pharmaceuticals stolen from a distribution center located in Enfield, Connecticut.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Are we overdosed and overmedicated?

The popular belief that we’re “overdosed and overmedicated” is not rooted in reality but rather in a blatant prejudice against the mentally ill.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 13 comments

Judge says Vioxx causes heart attacks and is not fit to be sold

Melbourne - A ruling by the Federal Court in Melbourne said a drug like Vioxx can lead to heart attacks and is "not fit t be on the market." The ruling is a breakthrough for hundreds of Australians waiting for compensation and gives hope for payouts to UK victims.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Generic drug plans focus on wrong problem

The Obama Administration plan to put new generic drugs on the street faster is another example of how Washington healthcare reformers just don’t get it.
In the Media by John David Powell

Did the WHO and pharma-giants manufacture H1N1 crisis?

Was the swine a fake pandemic? That is the question being asked around the world. A handful of experts advising the WHO on vaccines are alleged to be linked to giant pharmaceutical companies.
In the Media by Stephanie Dearing - 27 comments

Op-Ed: Overestimating Swine Flu Cases to Create a Pandemic?

CBS News recently reported that if you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or Swine Flu in recent months, the odds are you didn't have it.
In the Media by Bill Lindner - 6 comments
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