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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese drug maker Takeda to fight US$6 billion damages over diabetes drug

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:08pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Drug maker vows to fight US$6b damages Japan's biggest drug maker, Takeda Pharmaceutical, said it would fight a huge US$6 billion damages order imposed ... on Monday, which also ordered the firm's co-defendant, US drugs firm Eli Lilly, to pay US$3 billion in damages. Takeda's Tokyo-listed shares slumped 5.16 per cent to 4,572 yen (HK$344) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1469910/japanese-drug-maker-takeda-fight-us6-billion-damages-over-diabetes-drug
  2. News - World - DRUGS

    Drug market moving quickly online, global user survey finds

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:07pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in London Drug market moving quickly online More drug users are finding their fix online- including so-called legal highs as well as illegal drugs such as cannabis and MDMA- because they say the quality is better, there is more choice and it is more convenient, research has found. The 2014 Global Drug Survey (GDS)- which questioned almost 80,000 drug users from 43 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1482245/drug-market-moving-quickly-online-global-user-survey-finds
  3. Lifestyle - Health - TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

    Chinese herb beats drug at rheumatoid arthritis: study

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:28am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse 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. ... as Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F. Extracts of the herb have already fired the interest of drug laboratories as they contain hundreds of compounds, including intriguing molecules called diterpenoids which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1482780/chinese-herb-beats-drug-rheumatoid-arthritis-study
  4. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    35 years on, arrest warrant for alleged drug trafficker and newspaper founder Ma Sik-chun challenged

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 05:13am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com 35 years on, warrant for Ma Sik-chun challenged The High Court is to hear an application to revoke the arrest warrant for Ma Sik-chun, the suspected drug trafficker and co-founder of the Oriental Daily News who fled the country 35 years ago while awaiting trial. According to a judiciary court list, the application will be heard on Monday morning, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1477196/35-years-arrest-warrant-alleged-drug-trafficker-and-newspaper-founder
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Hong Kong girls using wider variety of drugs than boys as addicts get younger

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:17am by Bernice Chan

    ... Bernice Chan bernice.chan@scmp.com Charities warn that drug users are getting younger and girls are using a wider variety of substances than boys. But official figures only tell part ... centre run by the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (Sarda) and the women are celebrating their reintegration into society after managing to stay clean for a year. Lily, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1464808/hong-kong-girls-using-wider-variety-drugs-boys-addicts
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    Pfizer trial shows experimental drug doubles time until breast cancer tumours grow worse

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters US Food and Drug Administration grants “breakthrough” status for the drug, palbociclib, but overall survival still not statistically significant, say researchers A clinical trial of an experimental Pfizer breast cancer drug nearly doubled the amount of time patients lived without their disease getting worse. However, overall survival has not yet been shown to be statistically ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1467035/pfizer-trial-shows-experimental-drug-doubles-time-until-breast-cancer
  7. Business - China Business - REGULATION

    China's drug safety worries FDA

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 01:07am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Washington US regulator seeking to increase staff to carry out more inspections of mainland drug firms China's drug safety worries FDA Improvements are needed in the production of drug ingredients in China to erase the safety risks faced by American consumers, a US regulator said. While the Food and Drug Administration attempts to ensure medicines imported from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1465091/chinas-drug-safety-worries-fda
  8. News - Hong Kong - NARCOTICS

    Hidden drug use puts tests on agenda

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... With abusers staying under radar for longer, it's time to look at 'mandatory' testing, says drugs tsar who plans to put issue to the public The number of years drug abusers are staying below the radar has doubled in the last five years, Hong Kong's drugs tsar revealed yesterday as she announced plans to consult the public on introducing "mandatory drug ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1196602/hidden-drug-use-puts-tests-agenda
  9. News - World - MEDICINE

    US to bolster inspections of China drug production facilities amid safety concerns

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 09:57am by Reuters in New York

    ... Reuters in New York Increased export volume spurs enhanced US Food and Drug Administration safety inspections of pharmaceutical production plants in China The US Food and Drug Administration is increasing its oversight of Chinese manufacturers of pharmaceutical ingredients to improve the safety of the US drug supply chain, the director of the agency’s China office, Christopher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1464508/us-bolster-inspections-china-drug-production-facilities-amid-safety
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Drug giant Novartis replaces Japanese trio over side-effects cover-up claim

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Drug trio quit in side-effects scandal Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said yesterday it was replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over ... lawyers hired by the company said earlier yesterday that sales staff had also hidden their improper involvement in drug studies probing possible side effects of cancer treatments. The claims come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464233/drug-giant-novartis-replaces-japanese-trio-over-side-effects-cover-claim

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