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Radiologists have safely killed cancerous tumours that have spread to the lungs using cryoablation, using a small needle-like probe with an icy tip to kill cancer cells.

Monday, 15 April, 2013, 9:46am

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

Trust is indispensible for effective drugs

We all know about banksters. Perhaps we can now add 'drugsters' to our vocabulary. The largest drug companies, it seems, are not far behind the big banks when it comes to corporate malfeasance. Earlier this month, GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to fraud in the US for the way it promoted several drugs, including the marketing of its popular antidepressant Paxil to treat children and teenagers.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Monopolise drugs industry, tycoon says

The billionaire chairman of Hangzhou Wahaha built his fortune on running a beverage empire in a market economy. But when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, Zong Qinghou says a monopoly needs to be created.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Leading drug maker has big plans to branch out

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals, one of the mainland's biggest drug makers and distributors, is buying Changzhou Kony Pharma to broaden its product portfolio and strengthen the manufacturing of special active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

APIs refer to the substance in a drug that is biologically active.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

It's definitely time for some 'clear the air' talks

The Environmental Protection Department had a letter published in yesterday's South China Morning Post in which it sought to 'clarify' some of the air quality issues that we've raised over the past few months. The letter's initial point is that 'improving air quality sits at the heart of the government's environment policy'.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Antibiotic recalled five days after test

Drug company GlaxoSmithKline has recalled an antibiotic containing toxic plasticisers - five days after the first of the substances was discovered in government tests - but insists the drug is safe.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Drug giant accused of toxic emissions

The mainland's biggest antibiotics producer, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, has been polluting its neighbourhood with poisonous gas and wastewater since the 1950s, according to a China Central Television report yesterday.

6 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwan tells drug firms to check products

Beleaguered Taiwanese authorities have ordered that all local pharmaceutical manufacturers examine their products within three days, as the island's worst food scandal continues to snowball.

The order came after several prescription drugs from Taiwan were removed from shelves and banned by Hong Kong and Macau for reportedly containing toxic plasticisers.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Drug giant Sanofi sees China as next big market

Sanofi-aventis, one of the world's largest drug makers, expects China to become its second-biggest market within five years, thanks to a rapid growth in its vaccine and consumer-health business in the country.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Empowering the middle managers

Spurred by the need to develop future leaders, pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis has launched a new residential training programme at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) campus, targeting its middle level managers.

17 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Simcere aims to launch self-developed drug yearly

Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, the biggest mainland pharmaceutical company listed in the United States, plans to launch one new made-in-China drug every year as a way to enhance the company's position in the highly fragmented domestic market.

Company chairman Ren Jinsheng said only self-developed drugs could make the mainland's pharmaceutical industry stronger.

13 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Small change for users of Viagra

Drug maker Pfizer must be desperate. With the blockbuster Viagra going off patent soon and generic drug-making vultures waiting in the wings, it is trying to boost sales with every tacky advertising trick. So, guess what? Every pack of the sex drug now comes with three free chocolate-flavoured condoms, courtesy of Durex.

'Pfizer gives you three mid-summer dreams,' the ad says.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Copyright piracy row casts shadow over Sino-US talks

American drug firms raise concerns over counterfeits

'We don't have any pirated products here,' the saleswoman at Chaoyang Hospital pharmacy in central Beijing said firmly, pointing towards an expensive pack of genuine Viagra.

21 May 2007 - 12:00am

Bourse gives go-ahead for United Labs listing

United Laboratories, a Hong Kong-based pharmaceutical company with production in the mainland, has received stock exchange approval for its up to US$150 million Hong Kong listing, sources said.

The company plans to launch preliminary marketing in two weeks.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am