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Nobel Prize for Medicine shared by Three scientists

Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discoveries concerning "signal transduction in the nervous system." The three Nobel laureates will share the 9 million kronor ($915,000) prize for their pioneering discoveries "concerning one type of signal transduction between nerve cells, referred to as slow synaptic transmission," according to the award ci...

Prince Charles lends support to Alternative Medicine

In an open show of support to Alternative Medicine, Britain's Prince Charles has urged the government to allocate 10 million pounds ($14.21 million) to fund a five-year research program into the effects of alternative medicine. The world is now sitting up and taking notice of holistic medicine and Prince Charles’s support to fund research in this field has come as a shot in the arm for these crus...

India to benefit from pharma companies' move

The decision by 39 pharmaceutical companies to drop a historic case in South Africa has far-reaching consequences for India and other developing countries, according to leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ..The 39 companies had challenged a South African government order that legalized use and import of generic medicines free from patents. The pharmaceutical companies, which include so...

No harm in reducing prenatal check up to 3 - 6 times says WHO report

A world health organisation report says that women with low risk pregnancies, who live in the developing nations, can safely cut down their vists to the doctor during pregnancy to 3 - 6 times during pregnancy instead of the prescribed 8 - 11 visits as in the developed nations. ..However, these women are not more at risk than women who had more prenatal visits to have a low birth weight baby, or h...

South Africa Wins landmark case against pharmaceutical giants

South Africa has scored a landmark legal victory over pharmaceutical giants wanting to stop South Africa from importing cheap AIDS drugs. The country with largest number of AIDS patients in the world now wants to secure affordable drugs from around the world to tackle its AIDS epidemic. ..The Health Ministry of South Africa, published 70 pages of draft legislation that would allow it to shop aro...

Pharmaceutical giant offers AIDS related antifungal drug free to 50 countries

Diflucan Partnership seems to be the latest mantra of Pfizer. The pharmaceutical giant has announced that it will supply free antifungal drug to 50 countries hardest hit by the AIDS virus. The decision by the Pfizer comes close on the heels of the South African Government winning a landmark case against pharmaceutical companies. In an announcement on Wednesday Pfizer said AIDS related antifunga...

Pharmaceutical giant offers AIDS related antifungal drug free to 50 countries

Diflucan Partnership seems to be the latest mantra of Pfizer. The pharmaceutical giant has announced that it will supply free antifungal drug to 50 countries hardest hit by the AIDS virus. The decision by the Pfizer comes close on the heels of the South African Government winning a landmark case against pharmaceutical companies. In an announcement on Wednesday Pfizer said AIDS related antifunga...

Pharma cos must forge Strategic alliances

Indian pharmaceutical majors should go in for strategic alliances among themselves to capture export markets increasingly by leveraging cost advantages and precluding cut-throat competition which would be detrimental to the industry. ..This was stated by the Commerce Secretary, Mr. Prabir Sengupta, at the opening the Regional Office of the Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Export Pro...

Setting up a new pharmaceutical industry in India

Erweka Germany is setting up a new pharmaceutical company in India in the name of Erweka India Pvt Ltd to be based at Ahmedabad. Erweka has started manufacturing 50 years ago in Germany and today is world leader in testing equipment. Erweka, Germany, one of the biggest manufacturer - Supplier of testing and R&D equipment to phamaceutical industries worldwide has a strong brand name in the Indian...

Medicis Pharmaceutical company enters pediatric market

Medicis is the leading independent pharmaceutical company in the United States focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological conditions. Based in Wilmington, Mass., Ascent is a pharmaceutical company primarily dedicated to the specialty of pediatrics. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Ascent Pediatrics, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement un...

Supply of Radiopharmaceuticals Hampered by Attacks

As a result of the September 11 terrorist acts in New York and Washington DC, air transportation in the United States was put on hold for several days, which severely affected the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals. ....Most radiopharmaceuticals are shipped via air due to their specific nature. These products are either radioactive themselves or they are pharmaceuticals with a ra...

Pharma majors gear to supply anti-anthrax drug

The panic that has gripped the U.S with anthrax bacterial infections coming to light has led to an increased demand for the drug used in its treatment - Ciprofloxacin. Already there is news that the German pharma major Bayer is tripling its production of Ciprofloxacin to cater to the burgeoning demand and will supply 200 million tablets in the next three months. In fact, Bayer holds the U.S. pate...

Fright could be more harmful

The fear of biological weapons such as anthrax may be more likely to create illness than the weapons themselves, say experts. Long-term social or psychological damage could be the result of panic caused by the news of anthrax attacks. ....A letter to the British Medical Journal from researchers in the UK, US and Australia predicted that while bioweapons themselves might not kill many people, for...

Pregnant smokers could harm their child

The children of women who smoke during pregnancy are predisposed to experimenting with tobacco at a young age, claim researchers. ..Among 10-year-olds who said they had experimented with cigarettes in a survey, the majority had mothers who had smoked while pregnant. ....The researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say the link may be caused by damage done to the foetus by tobacco smoke while i...

Caffeine keeps soldiers sharp

Caffeine can help increase reaction time and improve performance for military servicemen who must perform complex tasks or who need help staying alert for longer periods of time, according to a new report by the National Academy of Sciences. The report, by the academy's Institute of Medicine, found that 100 to 600 mg of caffeine, the equivalent of one to six cups of coffee, can help "maintain cog...

Activated charcoal for poisoning treatment

Activated charcoal, a poison antidote used in emergency rooms for decades, can be easily used in children at home and may help prevent a trip to the hospital. The substance is a fine powder form of processed charcoal that binds to many types of poisons and can keep them from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Stocked by some pharmacies, it can be mixed at home with water, juice or soft drinks,...

Pharmacies in for a dose of bitter medicine

In a long-delayed move, the Foods and Drugs Department is beginning to bare its fangs at chemists and druggists operating without qualified pharmacists, an offence under the Indian Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. ....According to official sources, not only does this common practice jeopardise the health of the masses -- it allows untrained people to deal with high-risk drugs -- it also endangers...

More Elderly Take Inappropriate and Harmful Medications

More than one in five elderly Americans living on their own takes a medication that could put them at risk for injuries and illness. According to the report, more than 21% of elderly Americans--representing nearly 7 million// individuals--had received at least one of these 33 potentially inappropriate medications in 1996. ....Nearly 3% used a medication that elderly people should always avoid, in...

Andhra Pradesh to set up 'Pharma City'

After establishing a ‘Cyber City’ in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has set into motion a plan to set up a ‘Pharma City’ in the port town of Vishakhapatnam. By providing world-class infrastructure in the ‘Pharma City’, the state government hopes to attract global pharmaceutical companies to the city for outsourcing about 400 drugs in the post-patent regime by 2005. The...

Drugs control and industry departments to share a common e-platform

The drugs control, health and industry departments in Andhra Pradesh are to have a common e-platform which is both informative and interactive at the same time with the inauguration of www.aponline.gov.in, the state government's latest initiative to integrate all the activities of all its departments under one umbrella. The portal is being developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as part of a...

Sun Pharma to launch chiral version of omeprazole soon

Many drugs have two or more forms of the same chemical entity but the molecules arranged differently in space. Of the isomers, only one generally offers all the therapeutic benefits with the others having side-effects. Isolation of benefits results in smaller dosages with lesser side-effects. ....SUN Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is to launch a chiral version of the anti-ulcerant drug omeprazole...

AAI Pharma Files Lawsuit Against Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) has been slapped with a lawsuit for patent infringement by the US based AAI Pharma Inc for the generic version of the anti-depressant drug Prozac. DRL has a 180 days exclusivity to sell the drug's 40 mg dosage form along with Barr Laboratories that holds the exclusivity for the 10 and 20 mg dosage forms. DRL expects this to be a routine move as the para IV filing af...

Harm to the chest can be destructive

..According to researchers at the Hopkins Heart Institute, a blunt and apparently innocent blow to the chest may cause sudden cardiac death. When it comes to accidents and sports injuries,// it is a blow on the head that most people fear. According to researchers, at the a blow to the chest may prove more hazardous. ....The researchers looked at 100 cases of a rare type of cardiac arrest called...

Healthy Medicine Or Harmful Intoxicant?

Is it a healthy, naturally occurring substance with many health benefits or a deadly intoxicant with no legitimate medical use? GHB -- gamma hydroxy butyric acid -- hailed as a wonder drug for the first 30 years// of its career, has been blamed as an illegal killer for the past 12 years. Many blame GHB for thousands of deaths and emergency room visits, while others claim its unrivaled uses as a p...

Pharmacia may take 51.5 percent Abbott stake

PHARMACIA Corp is close to signing a deal to acquire the 51.5 per cent stake in Abbott Laboratories India held by fellow US drugmaker Abbott Laboratories Inc. An industry source who declined to be identified, said Pharmacia could reach an agreement in the next few days to buy the stake in Abbott Laboratories India. // .... "If all goes well, senior Abbott officials from the company’s regional of...

Pharmaceutical companies are targeting patients

TV viewers are right if they are feeling bombarded by commercials. Drug company advertising aimed at ordinary people instead of doctors tripled in the U.S. between 1996 and 2000 to nearly $2.5 billion a year. Advertisements targeting consumers account for 15% of U.S. spending to promote medications, up from almost 9% in 1996.// ....Spending that targets doctors - including visits from sales repre...

Sharing injection equipment spreads Hepatitis C

According to findings of a new report, the risks injection drug users face for infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from sharing commonly used drug paraphernalia other than syringes, such as drug "cookers" and cotton filters.// ....While many anti-drug campaigns have warned of the hazards of sharing hypodermic needles, the new study found that injection drug users who shared cookers--contai...

Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike

The Bihar High Court on Tuesday ordered the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) //junior doctors to call off their strike immediately. This order came after hearing a filed petition, that the strike has crippled emergency services since its start on Friday. ..The death of several critical patients due to lack of health care at the hospital also added to the intervention of the Bihar High C...

Stem Cells, Tumor Cells Share Similar Properties: Scope For Treatment and Prevention?

Stem cells are one of the fascinating areas for research in biology today. Vigorous research on stem cells is adding new information to the scientific body of knowledge everyday.// ..Researchers have now added key evidence to claims that some types of cancer originate with defects in stem cells. The study reveals that if molecules crucial to the functioning of these stem cells are not placed in t...

Revealing Study Results May Do More Harm Than Good

There has been clamor recently to disclose the results of study findings with participants after the completion of the study. However, a commentary published in the April 1, 2006 issue of CANCER,// a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, says that such disclosures may actually do more harm than good as they cause unnecessary psychological stress to patients. ..Maurie Markman, M.D...

Taking the help of pharmacist

The prescribed medicines by the doctor are to be verified by confirming with a pharmacist. Here they play an important role in helping you. Experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest you make your pharmacist part of your health care team, alongside your physician.// It's a good idea, for instance, to have all your medications dispensed at the once pharmacy. If the pharmacist can see a complete list of a...

FDA approves Watson Pharmaceuticals' Oxytrol patch

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new patch developed by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., for the treatment of an overactive bladder. The patch called Oxytrol (generic: oxybutynin transdermal system) reduces urinary urge incontinence, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency, according to the drug's maker. Oral forms of oxybutynin has been around for around 25 years but it has not been po...

Use of sunbed is harmful

People use sunbeds to have a better look. The British Medical Association (BMA) is advising people not to use sunbeds because of potential health risks. While the government does not recommend the use of sunbeds, training or regulation exists for their use. A report from WHO calls for an urgent need to reduce the health and environmental impact of increased ultra-violet exposure. A tan, even with...

Passive smoking may be harmless

Researchers at UCLA suggests that passive smoking does not cause health problems for nonsmokers. Epidemiologists concluded that second hand smoking does not increase the risk for lung cancer and heart disease. An experiment was conducted on more than 35,000 California residents. Those who were part of the study were non-smokers, but their spouses were active smokers. The researchers said they fou...

Vitamins Harming, not Helping, the Heart

Antioxidant vitamin supplements aren’t beneficial in the prevention of heart disease or stroke, shows a new study. .. ..Researchers have long speculated antioxidant vitamins, such as beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) and vitamin E, might play a role in helping people avoid cardiovascular disease. The vitamins were thought to work by keeping the arteries free of dangerous plaque. Several preclin...

Pharmacist’s Role in Medication Error

Researchers report positive findings in a new study that looked at the role of the pharmacist in ....helping doctors prevent medical errors involving medications. ..The investigation done finds having a pharmacist participate in medical rounds with doctors ....resulted in the identification and prevention of nearly 5,000 medication errors over more than ....four years.//.. ..The study was conduct...

Mind games keep you sharp

If you don't use your mind regularly through activities such as reading, doing puzzles or playing a musical instrument, you risk losing some of your cognitive abilities as you age. ..That's the message from a new study appearing in the June 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. ....Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City found seniors who participated in m...

Indian pharma industry upbeat on WTO drug deal

Hailing the World Trade Organisation (WTO) drug deal as a positive development, the Indian pharmaceutical industry has said it will enable smaller and poorer nations to make full use of the flexibility in the WTO intellectual property rules in order to deal with diseases that ravage their population. ....The WTO yesterday had approved a deal to let the poorer nations import cheaper generic drugs...

Antidepressants Harmful for Kids

British drug regulators have recommended against the use of the majority of antidepressants -- with the exception of Prozac -- in children younger than age 18. // ....Members of the British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency sent a letter to doctors and other health professionals that outlined their recommendation. They say a review of data on the safety and effectiveness of SSRI...

Head injury X-rays may actually be causing harm

A BANG on the head may do less harm than the X-rays used to diagnose the degree of damage, a study suggests. ..In research that is likely to have a significant effect on// how children with minor head injuries are treated, Swedish scientists have shown that even low doses of radiation can impair intellectual development. .. ..The doses involved are typical of those used in CT scans, which may so...
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