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ZYBAN, The smoking cessation drug marked for its adverse reactions

GlaxoSmithKline's smoking cessation drug Zyban, which is being taken by over 5 million people world wide, is held responsilble for a raise in the suspected adverse reactions due to drug intake in UK. ..Pharmacovigilance statistics of MCA has shown a raise of about 37% more adverse reactions so called "yellow cards" during the period of January to April 2001 compared to that of last years. MCA sp...

India's anti-AIDS drug market engaged in price war

The Indian pharmaceutical companies hope to strike a pot of gold by making cheap anti-AIDS drugs. This has triggered a price war that is likely to escalate in coming days. ..The large number of AIDS cases has lured many companies to develop anti-AIDS drugs and market it in India and abroad by adapting innovative approaches to pricing. ..The anti-AIDS drug market, currently dominated by Mumbai-bas...

Ranbaxy joins hand with Cipla to co-market ciprofloxacin

Two of the leading pharmaceutical industries, Ranbaxy Laboratories and Cipla announced an alliance to co-market Ranbaxy’s once-a-day formulation of Ciprofloxacin. The formulation had recently received Drug Controller General of India’s (DCGIs) approval for marketing in India. Ciproloxacin is a unique dosage form of the broad-spectrum antibiotic. The domestic market for ciprofloxacin is estimated...

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...

Panacea Biotech To Market Anthrax Vaccine

Panacea Biotech has bagged the registration, production and marketing rights of the anti-anthrax vaccine developed by the Centre for Biotechnology in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). It is expected that the vaccine would be in the market in 3-4 months. The Company has made a milestone payment to JNU for the exclusive rights. In addition, it will pay the university a royalty on sales. Howeve...

Ranbaxy Labs' Entry Into Anti-Acne Market

Ranbaxy Laboratories' entry into the global anti-acne market is likely to be delayed as the mandatory inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for the company's ANDA (Abbreviated New Drug Application) for the generic isotretinoin has been postponed. The US FDAs investigator had not yet arrived. ....The US FDA has already approved its manufacturing facility for the product. A sp...

New diagnostic marker for prostate cancer

Researchers of the University of Michigan, have found a gene which acts as a specific diagnostic marker for prostate cancer. Using a technique called DNA microarray analysis, which allows investigation of the activity of thousands of different genes in tissue samples. //The gene is called a-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR) and it's never before been seen in association with cancer. ....In this st...

Scientific markers of aging described

According to researchers, low body temperature, low insulin and high levels of a specific hormone seem to be linked to a slowdown of the aging process. It is now well known that calorie restriction// increases the lifespan of animals. Now researchers at the National Institute of Aging have some new clues about slowing down the aging process. They compared a group of 500 healthy men, taking part i...

LG To Market Air Conditioner Capable of Fighting Bird Flu

South Korean firm LG Electronics has said that it will start to roll out an air conditioner that is equipped with a filter made from using an enzyme contained in the "the pungent national dish kimchi" Apparently, //this enzyme will confer protection against the dreaded bird flu virus. .."We developed the filter with the aim of protecting people against bird flu," LG spokeswoman Park Se-won said....

Tumour marker for melanoma found

According to a recent study it is observed that a molecular marker is linked to prognosis in malignant melanoma. In cancer research today, there is increasing emphasis on looking for molecules// specific to that cancer which might aid in monitoring the progression of the disease. Scientists at New York University now report on a molecular marker called HDM2 which appears to be important in tracki...

High development costs hinder entry of cancer super drugs into the market

Cancer patients in the future could benefit from pharmacogenomics or the field of personalized medicine where therapies could be tailored to suit individual patients. Few drugs which target specific protein receptors in cancer are already in the market and the decoding of the human genome// offers great promise to patients, as the therapy could become more specialized. However, all this comes wi...

Osteoporosis and kidney stones gene marker identified

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas has found a gene mutation in people with a family history of kidney stones, which makes them absorb too much calcium. They reported on six gene mutations which increase the risk of kidney stones, because they cause too much calcium absorption - a condition known as absorptive hypercalciuria (AH). They also added that people with kidney stones...

New heart disease marker

Cholesterol in blood has been believed to be the most powerful indicator of heart disease. More risk of heart disease is associated with increased levels of total amount cholesterol in blood. The relationship between LDL(Low-Density Lipoprotein)or 'bad' cholesterol and HDL(High-Density Lipoprotein) or 'good' cholesterol is also an important marker. However, researchers in Canada and Sweden are no...

New FDA regulations puts some cough syrups off market

The Food and Drug Administration's(FDA) new effort to re-examine very old drugs that began selling before the government ever required proof that drugs worked well, has landed dozens of brands of prescription cough syrup in trouble. Until now FDA stressed that the expectorant, extended-release guaifenesin, is not dangerous. However, the recent crackdown lead to the FDA formally approving sale of...

Ranbaxy trying to make inroads in herbal drugs market

Ranbaxy Laboratories Chairman, Tajendra Khanna, in a recent seminar organised by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University on 'Managing Corporate Reputation', spoke about the comapny's plan of foraying into the herbal drugs market. He said that their products would create stiff competition for the key player in the market - Dabur, which has 60 per cent market share. The company plans to market a...

Blood Marker Found To Predict Colon Cancer

An inflammation marker in the blood that is already known to predict heart disease may also indicate an increased risk // of colon cancer, according to a new Johns Hopkins study. ..C-reactive protein, or CRP, is produced primarily in the liver. Higher levels of CRP have been linked to higher risks of several, distinct chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Researshers hypo...

Biochemical Markers Might Help Predict Heart Problems

Damage to the heart is one of the most worrisome long-term side effects of high-dose chemotherapy, say specialists. Hence they feel the // need to identify biochemical markers that might indicate which patients are at greatest risk and how severe their heart disease might be. ..Troponin I is a protein present only in heart cells. TNI blood concentration is a well-established marker of heart musc...

FDA to bring about changes in Marketed Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

American drug market watchdog Food and Drug Administration had announced a series of changes to be followed for// the drugs in the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that are sold with or without prescription over the counter. These changes include the withdrawal of the drug Bextra (valdecoxib) from Pfizer, Inc. ....Pfizer, Inc was asked to withdraw the drug Bextra as FDA had reports...

Biomarker for prostate cancer may be separated for treatment

Scientists at UCLA had been able to isolate a biomarker for prostate cancer cells do// that it will become easier to treat the disease. ....The biomarker protein, which was hidden inside the cells, can now be moved to a different location from where it can go into the blood. This will make it possible for the medical professionals to treat the prostate cancer disease with both chemotherapy and im...

Tumour marker for detecting early Recurrence of Thyroid cancer may be soon available

Early recurrence of thyroid cancer may be detectable using a blood test to detect// a protein called ‘Thyroglobin”(Tg) according to a study published by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The findings were published June 21 online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolis...

The growing availability of Fake drugs in the market

With a wide range of medications available , one must also be wary of the fake drugs available in the market //. According to the Drug Control Department, 63 batches of spurious drugs, mainly comprising antibiotics, painkillers and cardiac medicines, are being sold in Bangalore. ....Most of the drugs were found to have a very small percentage of medicine and in some no medicine at all. Karnatak...

Molecular markers for early diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer

Scientists from Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research and Lviv Regional Oncology center//, Ukraine has developed a new simple and affordable blood test for early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. ....However, they did not find the proteins in women without cancer. "Attempts to find a single reliable early protein, or 'marker', for breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis have not been very successf...

FDA To Set New Guidelines To Revise Drug Companies Marketing Tactics

The Food and Drug Administration FDA has recently announced that it has plans of// reviewing direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertisements. ....The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are facing pressure to alter advertising practices for drugs, with agency research showing that many physicians and consumers think drug ads exaggerate benefits and do not adequately disclose risks. FDA's last...

Elevated Insulin Levels To Influence Levels Of Inflammatory Markers

Increase in the levels of insulin can raise the level of inflammatory makers that influence the Alzheimer’s’ Disease. The study is being published by Archives of Neurology. ....Conditions of insulin resistance and hyper-insulinemia are associated with elevated levels //of inflammatory markers and increase the risk for Alzheimer disease (AD). Inflammation has been proposed as a key pathogenic fact...

Donated Mothers Milk To Hit The Market

A California company backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalists will soon start selling donated mothers' milk to hospitals treating premature infants, the Los Angeles Times reported. ..The company, Prolacta, will offer regular and high-fat varieties for infants who need// extra calories. ..The milk will be collected by donor nursing mothers at a network of hospitals around the US, be frozen a...

New Four- in- one Vaccine For DTP & Hepatitis To Hit The Indian Market

Shantetra, the first indigenously developed combination vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis-B has been launched to protect children against the four life threatening diseases. // .. ..Shantha Biotechnics Limited, a pioneer in health care industry has manufactured and marketed the product keeping in line with the worldwide trend of switching to combination vaccines... ..The ne...

Record Growth Of Soya-Based Dairy Alternatives Over The Past Year In European Markets

A recent survey by Prosoy shows that Soy milks, yoghurts and desserts grew by 22 per cent in 2004 and that people have become even more health-conscious and more aware of food intolerance and allergies. //.. ..Researchers say that based on the current trend, sales are further expected to grow in the next three years. The study coordinators stated that they have tracked well over 130 new product i...

Abdul Kalam Confident of AIDS vaccine on Indian market soon

It is estimated that India has an estimated 5.1 million HIV-infected people, next only to South Africa. President A.P.J Abdul Kalam on Friday in Shillong (capital of the northeastern state of Meghalaya.) said that the vaccines // against AIDS developed would be available in India in three to four years... ..The northeast state of Meghalaya is one of the worst affected areas in India and the AIDS...

Osteopontin: a useful biomarker in asbestos-related cancer

Pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that invades the chest cavity and the lining of the lungs. Workers at risk for high levels of exposure are miners, factory workers, carpenters, electricians//, ship fitters, ships' electricians, boilermakers, insulation manufacturers, railroad workers, gas-mask manufacturers, and pipe insulators. .. Recently, a study, published in the October 13...

Fluorescent markers to distinguish Trypanosoma brucei strains causing Sleeping Sickness

Multiple-genotype infections are increasingly recognized as important factors in disease evolution, parasite transmission dynamics, and the evolution of drug resistance. However, the distinction of co-infecting site genotypes and the tracking of their dynamics have been // ficult with traditional methods based on various genotyping techniques, leaving most questions unaddressed... ..Trypanosoma b...

Protein Markers for Identification of Brain Tumor

Professor Waldemar Debinski and his team from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have found a new treatment for the brain tumor – glioblastoma multiforme. The scientists have found that the inactive form of EphA2 // protein in the brain cells were responsible for spread of cancer cells and the work was published in the Journal Molecular Cancer Research. Glioblastoma multiforme is the m...

Junk Food Marketing to be banned

Food4thought campaign is to be started by British Heart Foundation to encourage children’s know what food they are eating and about the contents of the food which will help them to educate about healthier foods//. The survey also showed that the children’s were ignorant about the content of the foods they eat. ..More than 10% of children did not know what are chips made up of and 37% of children...

Testosterone levels could serve as a marker for determining risk of SIDS

A recent study conducted on the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has found out that nearly all cases are associated with an increase in testosterone levels. Testosterone is a male sex hormone. //The levels are considerably higher in infants who have died suddenly from SIDS than in infants who have died suddenly from other causes. ..Researchers from the University of Washington compared hormon...

World AIDS day marked with Rallies and installation of Condom Vending machines

On behalf of the World AIDS day, the Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized an AIDS awareness rally which was participated by students from school and // colleges and various corporate and NGO's. It was estimated that in the year 2004, more than 4.9 million people are infected with HIV and more than 75% of them died and it is...

Biovac, Hepatitis A Vaccine Marketed By Wockhardt

A new break through in the medical field was seen when Pharma major Wockhardt limited (Thiruvananthapuram) in association with the Chinese Biotech company who were the instigators for the vaccine//, marketed the latest vaccine for Hepatitis A. ..Hepatitis A is very common in India and various measures are to be taken to curb the spread of the disease. The causative agent is a virus which has an i...

Increased Fish market enables hike in fish pricing

For the first time in India fish sales is maximum. ....Seafoods like fish meat along with mussels, lobster, white pomfret, sole, salmon, cod, red snapper// and kingfish was a preferred health option between Indians and foreigners on a time. .. ..Delicious sea and river fish are unloaded in the van by 3’o clock in the afternoon in the INA market of New Delhi .. ..A fishmonger Samar Khan reported...

Government Should Restrict Junk Food Marketing

Reports from the National Academy of Sciences had shown that the marketing of Junk food by the food industry is responsible for the increase in obesity of children’s. Various organizations// have urged the Congress to have a check on the advertisement food industry is also responsible for the increase in obesity of children’s. The Science organization have asked the Congress to have a check on th...

A cost effective heart failure drug hits the market!

With sky high health-care costs it has become a burden both on the body as well as the purse if sickness strikes...But as a respite comes a new cardio drug that negates both the above said effects of ill health. // ....The drug is in the African-American heart failure patients where it has greatly improved the condition. ....Derek Angus, M.D., M.P.H., professor of critical care medicine at the...

Canada May Not Permit Bextra To Reenter Market

Health Canada has announced a ban on the anti-inflammatory drug Bextra, meant for those who suffer from arthritis. The benefits derived from the drug were outweighed by the cardiovascular risks, including the possibility of // triggering strokes and heart attacks, according to an expert safety panel. ....The drug is also known to cause severe skin reactions which can even prove to be fatal. Pfi...

Inadequate labeling in sandwiches sold at UK supermarkets

As per an accusatory report by a consumer group UK supermarkets have been exposed due to inadequate nutritional labeling.// ..The claims made by the group include that UK supermarkets and high-street stores bulk out the chicken in pre-packaged sandwiches with a combination of water, starch and preservatives while boosting flavour with chicken stock and artificial flavorings. ..The results came...
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