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Pharmaceutical Industry

Cancer drug maker Novartis loses India patent battle

India’s Supreme Court rejected on Monday a patent bid by Swiss drug giant Novartis in a landmark ruling that activists say will protect access to cheap generic drugs and save lives in developing nations.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 12:23am 1 comment

Book review: Bad Pharma, by Ben Goldacre

In America, a popular media doctor, Drew Pinsky, went on air to praise the antidepressant Wellbutrin. Whereas other antidepressants lowered libido, this drug "may enhance" sexual arousal.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:36pm

China Digest, December 7, 2012

A head-on collision between a cargo truck and a minibus on Wednesday killed five people and injured 16 in Chengnan town, Liuan city, Xinhua reports.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

Mainland fake drug network smashed

Mainland police have detained almost 2,000 people in a nationwide sweep on a fake drugs network said to be worth 1.16 billion yuan (HK$1.42 billion).

The Public Security Ministry said yesterday that 24 large crime organisations had been smashed in the highly co-ordinated effort.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Cost a bitter pill to swallow

A few months ago, Arun Bharati, 18, walked into the state-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi with his father, a farm labourer in eastern Bihar state.

The doctor diagnosed Hodgkin's lymphoma and said the drugs would cost 300,000 rupees (HK$42,000) a month. Bharati's father earns just a few dollars a month.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Health sector in Africa targeted

Chinese firms are poised to tap into the health sector in Africa after being already well established in mining, manufacturing, construction and finance.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

One step ahead of being outsmarted

As a mother who carefully controls how much time her children spend in front of televisions and computers, it has come as quite a surprise to me, and I think to my children as well, just how much I have embraced today's smartphones and tablet devices.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The 10 signs you're an iPad junkie

Have you ever checked your e-mail while walking, surfed the web during a movie, or updated your Facebook page while sitting opposite friends in a bar or restaurant? If so, you're probably addicted to your smartphone - as if you didn't know already - but how about the iPad?

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

An unhealthy way to deal with scandal

The public's long-held distrust of food and drug safety on the mainland was stirred once again this week by the exposure of toxic medicine capsules containing far more chromium than is allowed.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Medicines found with toxic capsules

The selling of 13 commonly used drugs was halted at the weekend after state media reported that they were found to contain excessive levels of chromium.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am