Toronto mayor denies crack-smoking claims

Mayor Rob Ford breaks his silence on the allegations. Photo: Reuters

Toronto mayor Rob Ford denied he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict, breaking a week of silence over reports of a video purportedly showing him using the drug.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 7:46am

Drug seizures jump sharply in first three months

Secretary chief Lai Tung-kwok

Police and customs drug seizures have surged in the first three months of the year, figures show. There was also a strong rise in seizure of fake credit cards and yuan notes in the second half of last year.

15 May 2013 - 4:01am

Drug patent war is costing lives

Novartis has threatened to not release new drugs in India as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in its seven-year case. Photo: EPA

The hundreds of millions of people who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are mostly unaware that a drug war is raging over the medications that can save their lives. A recent appeals court ruling in India that turned down a patent bid by the Swiss pharmaceutical behemoth Novartis was the latest shot and it was in their favour.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am

Novartis drug ruling shows up the failures of capitalism

Ranjit Shahani, managing director of Novartis India. Photo: EPA

One cheer for India: its Supreme Court stayed on the right side this week when it refused to grant a new patent to Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis for an updated, or tweaked, version of its leukaemia treatment drug Glivec.

6 Apr 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

One man's pain is still another's gain

Swiss drug giant Novartis was denied a patent for its cancer drug by the Indian Supreme Court. Photo: EPA

The Indian Supreme Court ruling that denied Swiss drug giant Novartis a patent for its cancer drug is a continuation of the battle between multinational drug companies and developing countries over accessibility to cheaper drugs.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Novartis drug ruling a victory for patients

A man buys cancer drug Glivec at a pharmacy in a government-run hospital. Photo: Reuters

Rightly seen as the outcome of a battle between "patients and profits", the Indian Supreme Court's ruling on Monday against Novartis' demand for a patent for its leukaemia drug Glivec has been hailed as a victory for cancer patients.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Raid on 400 sq ft flat uncovers cannabis farm

Police seized 167 Cannabis plants during raid on an apartment in Sham Shui Po. Photo: now.com

A marijuana farm inside a 400 sq ft flat was raided by police yesterday, with HK$520,000 of cannabis seized and two Vietnamese women arrested.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:52am 1 comment

Australia's Olympic swimmers admit taking banned sleeping drug Stilnox

Australian swimmers Cameron McEvoy, James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan apologise for their behaviour. Photo: Reuters

The much-hyped Australia men's Olympic freestyle swim relay team yesterday owned up to taking sleeping medication banned by their country's Olympic committee and performing "stupid" pre-Games pranks.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

Paras Shah, ex-crown prince of Nepal, arrested again in Thailand

Paras Shah. Photo: AFP

Former Nepalese crown prince Paras Shah has been arrested for smashing property at a luxury apartment in Bangkok, the city's police said yesterday, just a week after news emerged he had been bailed on drug charges.

7 Dec 2012 - 5:08am

Drugs delay feared under new proposal

Patients at private clinics might suffer needless waits for urgent medicine under a proposed change to how drugs are ordered from pharmacies, a doctor's union says.

8 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Who's who in the news

a. This mainland man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for 'inciting subversion of state power'. He co-wrote the Charter 08 proposal a year ago. It called for more civil liberties, the rule of law and an end to one-party rule. He also published pro-democracy articles online. His lawyer said he was just using his right to free speech, which is protected under mainland law.

30 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Telling it straight

I remember when I was sent to study at a school in England ... a friend offered me a joint [marijuana cigarette], but I didn't take it ... when I grew older, I realised that I wasn't into drugs ... everyone has a choice in what they want for their future ... and don't convince yourself that you can control drugs.

11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

YMCA mentors to help teens say no

The Chinese YMCA is launching an anti-drug programme in Eastern District that aims to tackle the drug problem among teenagers at its roots.

The government has given each district HK$500,000 to tackle youth drug use, and Eastern District will use the money to fund the Chinese YMCA's Soar Higher Project.

17 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Wrong drug in packs of medicine given to up to 63 diabetes patients

Up to 63 diabetes patients could have taken the wrong medicine after drug dispensers at the Lady Trench General Outpatient Clinic in Tsuen Wan mixed up their tablets with drugs for controlling high blood pressure, the Hospital Authority revealed last night.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

The problem of figuring out what X-rated drugs really do

Some newspapers block out four-letter words with Xs. Some drug companies are following suit with advertisements about products that deal with sensitive body parts and their functions.

11 Apr 2009 - 12:00am