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GlaxoSmithKline - Changes Lamictal(R) Label Appearance and Packaging

Lamictal, an antiepileptic drug, is one of the several prescription drugs that has encountered the problem of dispensing errors. ..Dispensing errors are often a result of miscommunication, which can include poor hand writing of the prescription and confusion between drugs with similar names.// ....It is important for patients with epilepsy not to have an interruption in treatment because it could...

Iodex goes to SmithKline Beecham consumer Healthcare

Iodex is the market leader in the pain-balm segment, with a market share of 70 per cent-plus. Iodex faces challenges from local brands like Amrutanjan, Tiger Balm (locally manufactured by Elder Pharma), Zandu Balm and Sensur of Glenmark. // ....Glaxo SmithKline India (GSK) has decided to transfer its Iodex range of products to SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare (SKBCH), a GSK subsidiary. SKB...

GlaxoSmithKline To Cultivate Non-Smoking Environment

GlaxoSmithKline is putting its best foot forward in completing its social responsibility. The steps will also enable the company promote Zyban, its anti-smoking drug. Glaxo is aiding companies cultivate a non-smoking environment as part of its policy, along with providing teams to help in the transition. // ....Some of the corporate, which have negotiated for this 'no-smoking' environment, are H...

New swift therapy limits stroke damage

Paramedics can direct a treatment to people who have had a stroke within an hour of onset of symptoms and help limit the damage to the brain. Magnesium sulphate is a neuroprotective drug in that it dilates// the blood vessels that serve the brain and prevents a damaging build-up of calcium in brain cells. ..According to researchers at University of Texas, they have shown for the first time that...

GlaxoSmithKline to Supply United States with 8 Million flu vaccine, Fluarix

GlaxoSmithKline will supply 8 million doses of its flu vaccine, Fluarix. This dosage is twice the amount GSK shipped to US last year. This amount of 8 million doses only represents about 10% of the demand from the US, due to increased need for vaccines against flu.// The immense need for vaccination increased due to large vaccination awareness programs organized in the US during recent years, due...

Imitating celebrity mums may prove unsafe for mom and child

The new generation mums are being plagued by a new type of problem - that of trying to imitate celebrity mums. Experts say that though celebrity mums like Liz Hurley and Victoria Beckham have made// pregnancy more sexy with cropped tops and clingy dresses, it has not helped ordinary women, who have started feeling inadequate and under pressure to look good. In some cases, it has even prompted wom...

Electrocardiograms plays a limited role

A recent report indicates that Negative exercise electrocardiograph tests should be the first-line approach to risk stratification of hypertensive patients with chest pain. Even though negative findings identified those at low risk, positive findings could not distinguish levels of risk. The research also indicated that pharmacological stress echocardiography yielded diagnostic and prognostic inf...

Intermittent Exercising The Best Way To Burn Fat

Most people consider long, continuous workouts to be beneficial. However, a new study shows exercising in intervals may be a more effective way // to lower fat in the bloodstream. ..Researchers studied how intermittent exercises affect triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are artery-blocking fats found in the bloodstream. Study participants were followed for three days. On the first day, they ate a...

Limiting Infants Exposure To Smoke At Home

Smoking in the home limits infants’ exposure to tobacco smoke. Infant exposure to environmental tobacco smoke increases the risk // of sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. ..A recent study analyzed the urinary cotinine levels, a byproduct of nicotine, of 314 infants living in smoking households. Participating infants were between 4 weeks and 24 weeks old. Resear...

No “ Lower Limit “ To The Age At Which Children Can Learn New Wors

New research shows children younger than age 1 can learn certain words. To investigate whether children under age 1 can learn words // in one context and understand them in another, researchers worked with parents of 52 children who were 9 months old. ..The parents used 12 board books and a set of 48 picture cards that depicted common objects such as keys, apples, fish and chairs in simple games...

Exercise can improve functional limitation of arthritis patients

A study was undertaken to find out how to elevate the functional limitations of elderly patients suffering from arthritis // by the researchers of Feinberg School of Medicine, US ....5715 adults were taken in the study of age 65 yrs and old with arthritis. Functions, which were checked, were ability to do tasks pertaining to daily living and specialized activities of daily living that involved r...

Contraceptive pills may lead to deformities in babies

Chemicals found in oral contraceptives may lead to babies born with deformed prostate glands.//.. ..Researchers of University of Missouri, US, have found out that prostate deformities can happen if the pregnant mothers continue taking the contacepive pills even after conceiving. The pills contain ostrogen like chemiclasthat are alos present in the plastic packagings. Deformities of the prostate g...

Incidence Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Gay Men On The Rise

Syphilis - Sexually transmitted diseases, incidence is rising among gay men as the fear// of AIDS has become less among them. AIDS is now a chronic disease and not a fatal disease. There is some indication that the increased use of methamphetamines (that enhances sexual drive) and makes users less cautious. Another dimension of new social behaviour is the use of Internet chat rooms, this has...

Limiting sperm motility for contraception

An ion channel protein that plays a central role in sperm motility could be an enticing target for a new type of contraceptive that could be taken by either men or women to block the process of fertilization. The newly discovered protein, called CatSper, controls the flow of calcium into the tails of spermatozoa. This influx of calicum triggers the sperm’s motor proteins, causing the tail to beat...

New birth control to limit women's periods

New birth control to limit women's periods ..Seasonale, a new drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, would reduce the number of women's periods to four a year by taking the hormones generally found in conventional birth control pills, but for longer spans of time.// ..Seasonale would be another alternative for women seeking birth control. .."For women who desire prevention...

Titanium Rib Found To Be Effective In Treating Spinal Deformities In Children

Children born with spinal or chest wall deformities face many serious health risks, including premature death. Now, an experimental surgery gives these kids a new lease on life. Prior to the experimental device, // the only treatment was to fuse the spine, and the child would eventually end up with a chest cavity the size of a 1-year-old or a newborn, say specialists. ..The titanium rib is an ex...

Nanotechnologists Specify Limitation For Devising Small Machines

There's a limit to how tiny gadgets, devices and machines can get, scientists have claimed. ....The claim comes from an experiment performed by a University of Arizona// team of optical sciences doctoral candidate John D. Perreault and assistant professor of physics Alexander D. Cronin. ....Perreault and Cronin directly measured how close speeding atoms can come to a surface before the atoms' wav...

FDA Mislead On Asthma Drug By GlaxoSmithKline

Charges have been held against, a London based leading drug company, GlaxoSmithKline for having presented incorrect data regarding an anti-asthmatic drug, Serevent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration two years ago when the // medicine came up for a review. This became evident last November when The FDA identified Serevent as a drug that needed additional warnings. .. ..The Public Citizen Gro...

Citrinin, a fungal toxin, induces apoptosis via mitochondrial pathway

The Mycotoxin citrinin (CTN) is a secondary metabolite produced by several fungal species that belong mainly to the genus Penicillium and Monascus. It is widely considered as a hazard contaminant of foods// and feeds, including corn, wheat, rice, barley and nuts, and is known to be cytotoxic and genotoxic to various mammalian cells. CTN has been suggested as a causative factor in renal disease am...

Avian Influenza: Government to set up expert committee

The Government in its determination to gear up to meet the avian flu threat, has decided to set up an expert committee to keep a close watch on bird flu cases and also to suggest preventive measures.// ..Animal Husbandry Secretary P M A Hakeem said "Though we have no cases of bird flu in the country, we want to take precautionary measures and the committee to be formed will include representativ...

Historic Increase In Incidence Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Scotland

The number of HIV cases in Scotland last year reached the highest figure over the past two decades according to an NHS report, the preliminary work of which started in 1986.// In view of increasing HIV testing, nearly 364 new cases were identified in 2004 alone. ..The incidence of other sexually transmitted infections also showed a considerable increase with the number of cases diagnosed with...

Amitabh Bachchan - India’s Superstar Undergoes Surgery

Mumbai: Amitabh Bacchan the Indian superstar and probably the highest paid star in the Indian film Industry is undergoing surgery// at Lilavathi Hospital in the evening today. ..Mr.Bachhan who is 63, was first admitted to Delhi's Escorts Hospital and then flown to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital on Monday following complaints of abdominal pain. Doctors attending him in Mumbai said till recently he was...

Man Convicted For Transmitting HIV

The District Court in Brisbane, Australia, has convicted 37-year-old Mark Kenneth Reid for having intentionally transmitted the HIV virus to his gay partner through unprotected sex//. Reid had been HIV positive since 1987, but he had denied this to his partner. Reid has been sentenced to 10 year’s imprisonment by the court. The name of the 42-year-old victim has not been revealed. ....Kenneth Re...

Aspirin induces Cancer Cells To Commit Suicide

Aspirin has already been hailed as a wonder drug that can take care of everything from Alzheimer's disease to heart attacks. It has now emerged that it can also induce cancer cells to commit suicide.// ..Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh report in the December 9 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry that aspiration can prove to be deadly for cancer cells in combination with a...

UK Committee Warns on Food Shortages Due to Flu Epidemic

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has issued a warning that if a bird flu pandemic were to hit Britain, there would be a severe shortage of food. // ..The Committe has called on ministers to step-up efforts to collaborate on an international level and has asked the Government to prepare alternative plans to combat an epidemic should the need arise. As staff continue to take le...

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...

Euthanasia To Be Permitted In Swiss Hospital

Terminally ill patients will be assisted to commit suicide on the premises of a hospital in Switzerland, even though the conditions for euthanasia will be very strict. // This has been revealed by the University Hospital at Lausanne’s spokesman. The practice is legal in Switzerland.....Until now, hospitals across Switzerland had refused to allow assisted suicide on site and patients wishing to di...

Conroy’s May Not Be Permitted To Resume Production Soo

Conroy's Smallgoods has been accused by John Hill, the South Australian Health Minister of indulging in media games after a deadly bacteria infected its factory. Hill called upon the company set right the problem at the // earliest. A strain of the listeria virus was found in the Bowden factory of the company by the Health Department, resulting in its corned beef unit being closed down for a week...

Poultry feces may transmit bird flu virus

World wide concern regarding the use of poultry waste and feces as food for fish growth as increased the widespread fear that the bird flu virus in the feces may be spread // with the feces to pond farms which may infect wild birds and migratory birds leading to worldwide spread of the bird flu virus. Researchers feel that the bird flu outbreak in china may be due to contaminated feces which woul...

Youngsters Not Aware Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

In a study conducted by Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, majority of sexually active adolescent girls have negligible knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases//, until they are bitten. ....Julie downs, lead author of the study and a member of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon is of the opinion that in most cases Kids know about Sexually Transmitted...

Roche Commits More Antiviral Pills To Asia For Bird Flu

At a meeting to assess the bird flu situation in the light of the new cases in Turkey, Roche Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Tamiflu said that it// will allot more antiviral pills to Asia and provide the necessary aid to organizations in this endeavour to fight a possible pandemic. ..Roche said that it was currently in talks with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the donation of more...

Woman suffering from degenerative disorder committed assisted suicide

Mrs. May Murphy from Glasgow was confirmed to have committed suicide five months ago using a lethal dose of drugs. Mrs. Murphy was 75 years old and was suffering from degenerative disease// which made her life very traumatic and she had painful days. ..Mrs. Murphy wanted to end her life to escape from her traumatic pain so she went to Dignitas Clinic in Zurich. Mrs. Murphy went to Zurich with Dr...

GlaxoSmithKline Defends Its Products

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline which produces Panadol products like Panadol Extra has sought to dispel doubts with regard to the safety of its products. People in the Middle East Region // are reported to have received messages questioning the safety with regard to particular batch of its products, namely batch number 050292. ....The company has confirmed the safety of the products afte...

GlaxoSmithKline launches diabetes and cancer drugs

GlaxoSmithKline is in a spree of producing new diabetes and cancer drugs which it hopes will increase its sales this year. After the recent U.S. drug approvals it is starting // to market two of its new diabetes drug Avandaryl and Avandamet which is found to be effective in treating type 2 diabetes. ..The drug Avandaryl is manufactured by combining the two drugs Avandina and Sulphonylureas and t...

Schoolchildren Hit By Vomiting And Flu Bug

The influenza virus has wrecked havoc on schools with sixty of them being hit by an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus and flu. // About 20 schools in Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley were closed due to this problem. Staff and children at these schools were suffering from violent vomiting, diarrhoea and high fevers. ..The illness has affected 106 children at the Trinity Primary School, in Heref...

FDA Approves Novel Creation of Imitrex? Injection for Migraine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a creation of the Imitrex Injection that enables patients to consume a 4mg dosage, // named as the Imitrex STAT dose System ? used to treat severe migraines in adults in the presence or absence of aura. ....Migraine is known to be a common ailment for as many as 28 million Americans suffers from migraine headaches. The treatments for migraines...

Generic Products Compete With GlaxoSmithKline

Stiff competition offered by generic drug makers may well eat into the profit figures of GlaxoSmithKline, according to company sources. The Cox-2 painkiller of the organization is also likely to suffer as a result of this.// The company is also embroiled in a tax related dispute with the Government in the US. The sales of the company for the year rose by13% at £21.6 billion, while its earnings w...

Xenon Could Limit Nerve Damage After Stroke

Scientists have successfully conducted a clinical trial of administering xenon gas to patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting so that such patients are safe from // the brain damage that occurs post operatively after this procedure. ..The team administered xenon gas to 12 patients undergoing CABG on cardiopulmonary artery bypass. This treatment could revolutionize the way to treat pa...

New Cervical Cancer Vaccine to Be Launched By Glaxo Smithkline

Cervarix, a cervical cancer vaccine produced by Glaxo Smithkline (Britain's biggest drug manufacturer) is being registered for approval// by the European regulatory authority. If approved, the vaccine would be marketed for commercial use, by the end of next year. ....Gardasil, a similar vaccine produced by the US pharmaceuticals giant Merck has already been registered for use in the US. It has...

Massive Culling Of Poultry Forces Farm Owner To Commit Suicide

The bird flu scare and the resultant decrease in chicken and egg prices have forced a Kolkata based farm owner, Shaktinath Mondal, to commit suicide by consuming pesticide. // The huge debts is said to have been responsible for the owner’s death. ....The farmer, an owner of one of the biggest poultry farms in Charmile village, had to cull at least 550 chickens, after the chickens were found to...
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