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Leading pharmacists debate hospital infections Special

Warwick - This week the leading pharmacists in the U.K. congregated in Warwick for the NHS QA Symposium. A number of measures to protect patients from infection were discussed, and Digital Journal was in attendance.

New cardiac drug shows real, life-saving promise

Basel - A new drug developed by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis could turn the world of cardiovascular medicine on its head in less than 12 months.

Rotting frogs found in pharmaceutical plant

During an inspection of Marck Biosciencies' plant in Kheda, India, the U.S. FDA found faked data, mold and rotting frogs.

Pomegranate candidate in quest for Alzheimer’s cure

Huddersfield - The onset of Alzheimer's can be slowed and some symptoms reduced by a natural compound found in pomegranate fruit. Those are the preliminary findings of a two year study undertaken by researchers at the University of Huddersfield in the UK.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Is government needed for antibiotic development?

Major pharmaceutical companies are hindering the development of new antibiotics, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (U.K.).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.
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