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Toronto mayor denies crack-smoking claims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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