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US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at leastCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider ...
Tags: Health, Science, US, World news, US news, US politics, Pharmaceuticals industry, Trump, UK Europe, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at leastCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider ...
Tags: Health, Science, US, World news, US news, US politics, Pharmaceuticals industry, Trump, UK Europe, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK's response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’

Richard Horton does not hold back in his criticism of the UK’s response to the pandemic and the medical establishment’s part in backing fatal government decisionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is a school of thought that says now is not the time to criticise the government and its scientific advisers about the way they have handled the Covid-19 pandemic. Wait until all the facts are known and the crisis has subsided, goes this thinking, and then we can analyse ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Medicine, Economics, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Lancet


Hydroxychloroquine does not cure Covid-19, say drug trial chiefs

Major study of thousands of patients led by University of Oxford shows drug is ineffectiveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHydroxychloroquine does not work against Covid-19 and should not be given to any more hospital patients around the world, say the leaders of the biggest and best-designed trial of the drug, which experts will hope finally settle the question.“If you are admitted to hospital, don’t take hydroxychloroquine,” said Martin Landray, the deputy chief inve...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Pharmaceuticals industry, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Donald Trump, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus outbreak, Martin Landray


Crab blood to remain big pharma's standard as industry group rejects substitute

Animal rights groups have been pushing a synthetic alternative to horseshoe crab blood in drug safety testingHorseshoe crabs’ icy-blue blood will remain the drug industry’s standard for safety tests after a powerful US group ditched a plan to give equal status to a synthetic substitute pushed by Swiss biotech Lonza and animal welfare groups.The crabs’ copper-rich blood clots in the presence of bacterial endotoxins and has long been used in tests to detect contamination in shots and infusions. Co...
Tags: Science, Environment, US, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Endangered Species, Pharmaceuticals industry, Lonza


Exclusive: big pharma rejected EU plan to fast-track vaccines in 2017

World’s top drug firms turned down proposals for work on pathogens like coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s largest pharmaceutical companies rejected an EU proposal three years ago to work on fast-tracking vaccines for pathogens like coronavirus to allow them to be developed before an outbreak, the Guardian can reveal.The plan to speed up the development and approval of vaccines was put forward by European commission representatives sitting on the I...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Eu, European Union, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, European Commission, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, IMI, Coronavirus outbreak


US and UK 'lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs'

Efforts to dilute world health assembly resolution on open licensing decried as ‘appalling’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expected to be dominated by efforts to stop rich countries monopolising drugs and future vaccines against Covid-19.As some countries buy up drugs thought to be useful against the coronavirus, causing global shortages, and the...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, US, America, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals industry, Trump, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Remdesivir: early findings on experimental coronavirus drug offer 'quite good news'

Preliminary results of US government trial show patients who received drug recovered faster than othersHopes of an effective drug treatment for coronavirus patients have risen following positive early results from a trial of remdesivir, a drug first tried in Ebola patients.Data from the trial on more than 1,000 severely ill patients in 75 hospitals around the world show that patients put on the drug recovered 31% faster than similar patients who were given a placebo drug instead. Remdesivir cut ...
Tags: Science, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Pharmaceuticals industry, Coronavirus outbreak


World's stock markets soar on coronavirus treatment hopes

Investors shrug off US growth gloom after promising data from remdesivir drug trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShares have soared on the world’s stock markets after investors shrugged off a deep slump in the US economy and pinned their hopes on a possible breakthrough in treatment for Covid-19.Despite news that the longest expansion in US history came to an abrupt end in the first three months of 2020, financial markets were buoyed by an update from the American b...
Tags: Business, Science, Biology, US, Economics, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, US economic growth and recession, Microbiology, Ftse, Pharmaceuticals industry, Gilead Sciences, Coronavirus outbreak


The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine – a perilous and uncertain path

The pressing need to find a solution to the pandemic means risks and shortcuts may have to be takenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe stakes could hardly be higher – the prize still tantalisingly out of reach. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of many millions of people rest on the discovery of a vaccine for Covid-19 – the only sure escape route from the pandemic.Yet the optimism that accompanied the launch of Oxford University’s human trials this week has t...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Education, Research, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus outbreak


Brexit threatens UK’s ability to respond to a future pandemic

The coronavirus should remind us of just why international cooperation is so important in reducing the threat of infectious disease• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageBrexit threatens the UK’s ability to respond to the novel coronavirus and future pandemicsThe coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the UK and its citizens. Just as UK government ministers are digging in for the really difficult part of Brexit, the negotiations on future relationsh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, China, Eu, European Union, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Brexit, Coronavirus outbreak


Four big drug firms agree $260m opioid payout hours before trial set to begin

Teva and three drug distributors in last-minute settlementFirms were to be accused of profiting from addiction and deathFour major pharmaceutical companies have agreed a multimillion-dollar payout over the US opioid epidemic, hours before a federal trial in Ohio in which they were to be accused of a conspiracy to profit off of addiction and death. Related: Why were millions of opioid pills sent to a West Virginia town of 3,000? Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Science, Drugs, US, West Virginia, Society, World news, US news, Ohio, Pharmaceuticals industry, US crime, Cleveland, Teva, Opioids, Opioids crisis


'$50bn is pocket change': opioid makers on trial in Ohio after talks collapse

Cleveland jury to hear claims by thousands of US communitiesOpioid epidemic has claimed more than 400,000 livesThe drug industry will go on trial in federal court on Monday, as a jury begins to hear claims by thousands of American communities that pharmaceutical firms collaborated in a conspiracy that drove the US opioid epidemic. Related: Why were millions of opioid pills sent to a West Virginia town of 3,000? Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Science, Drugs, US, West Virginia, Society, World news, US news, Ohio, Pharmaceuticals industry, US crime, Cleveland, Opioids, Opioids crisis


DIY drugs: should hospitals make their own medicine?

If pharmaceutical companies rapidly inflate the price of their products, is there an alternative? One Dutch chemist thinks so. By Chris Stokel-WalkerWhen a pharmaceutical company raised the price of an essential medicine to unacceptable levels, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do: start making it herself. When Kemper was in primary school, she had watched two of her classmates get ill. One had a brain tumour, the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them die...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Science, Money, Drugs, Society, Hospitals, Healthcare Industry, Health Insurance, Pharmaceuticals industry, Drugs policy, Kemper, Chris Stokel WalkerWhen, Marleen Kemper


$2.1m Novartis gene therapy to become world's most expensive drug

US approves the one-time treatment for deadly spinal muscular atrophy in infantsSwiss drugmaker Novartis has received US approval for its spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy Zolgensma – pricing the one-time treatment at a record $2.125m.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Zolgensma for children under the age of two with SMA, including those not yet showing symptoms. The approval covers babies with the deadliest form of the inherited disease as well as those with types where debi...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals industry, Novartis


Testosterone therapy could help tackle depression in men – study

Researchers find improvement in symptoms among men given hormoneTreatment with testosterone could help tackle depression in men, according to a review of studies which found supplements of the hormone appear to improve mood.About 100 million men around the world are thought to have depressive disorders, and almost 17% of men in the UK are thought to have symptoms of depression or anxiety. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Life and style, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Depression, Medical Research, Men, Pharmaceuticals industry


Britain loses medicines contracts as EU body anticipates Brexit

European Medicines Agency ends pharma evaluations work and moves contracts to blocBritain’s leading role in evaluating new medicines for sale to patients across the EU has collapsed with no more work coming from Europe because of Brexit, it has emerged.The decision by the European Medicines Agency to cut Britain out of its contracts seven months ahead of Brexit is a devastating blow to British pharmaceutical companies already reeling from the loss of the EMA’s HQ in London and with it 900 jobs. ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Science, London, Eu, European Union, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Pharmaceuticals industry, Brexit, HQ, European Medicines Agency, EMA


Treating pain without addiction: inside the lab fighting the opioid crisis

N-001 was designed by a startup to counter pain but avoid the detrimental side effects of opioid use, addiction among themTo enter the downtown San Francisco lab space that houses their Nebraska-born biotech startup company, Neurocarrus, Paul Blum and Benjamin Pavlik often pass a collection of people who Blum described as “falling apart from overdose”. The lab is located below a methadone clinic.“We see the effects of drug addiction and mental illness every single day,” said Arvind Gupta, the fo...
Tags: Science, Technology, Drugs, San Francisco, Society, US news, Nebraska, Pharmaceuticals industry, Blum, Arvind Gupta, Opioids, Opioids crisis, Neurocarrus Paul Blum, Benjamin Pavlik


Migraine drug could halve the length of attacks, study shows

Researchers say erenumab is ‘incredibly important step forward’ for condition that affects 8.5 million people in UKA new migraine drug that can halve the length of attacks has been hailed as “the start of real change” in how the condition is treated.Erenumab, a laboratory-made antibody that blocks a neural brain pathway called CGRP, is the first drug in 20 years proven to prevent migraine attacks. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, Drugs, Society, UK News, World news, Pharmaceuticals industry


Close cancer loophole now to save children’s lives | Letters

Children and young people are being denied the latest cancer treatments by outdated European regulations. Pharmaceutical companies are able to use a loophole in EU legislation to avoid trialling cancer drugs in children – despite evidence that these treatments could work. An analysis of European Medicines Agency data by the Institute of Cancer Research shows that since 2012, the loophole has been enacted to prevent 33 new cancer drugs from being evaluated in children. There is evidence that at l...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Children, Cancer, Eu, European Union, Society, World news, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Cancer Research, European Medicines Agency, Institute of Cancer Research


Could Pfizer's record fine for unfair prices change the industry's practices?

This week Pfizer and Flynn Pharma were hit with maximum fines for hiking the price of an epilepsy drug by 2,600%. It’s not the first time the government has hit out at such practices in recent times, and it’s unlikely to be the lastWhy has Pfizer been fined the colossal sum of £84.2m over a drug it makes to control epilepsy seizures?The Competition and Markets Authority says Pfizer and a small company called Flynn Pharma both charged “excessive and unfair prices” for the supply of an anti-epilep...
Tags: Business, UK, Science, Drugs, Society, World news, Regulators, Pharmaceuticals industry, Epilepsy, Pfizer, Competition And Markets Authority, Markets Authority


Australian students describe how they made copycat Malaria drug – video

Students from Sydney grammar school describe how they created a version of Daraprim, a drug used to treat malaria, in a school laboratory. Student Brandon Lee tells how the team had to work after school hours on the project. The students made the drug for around $2 a pillMartin Shkreli branded an ‘attention seeker’ as Sydney student hits back Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Medicine, Drugs, World news, Australia news, Sydney, Pharmaceuticals industry, Brandon Lee


GSK tops list of drug firms improving global access to medicine

Company heads list compiled by Access to Medicine, which monitors pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to spread healthcare GlaxoSmithKline has come top of a league table that monitors the availability of medicine in developing countries, with fellow UK drugmaker AstraZeneca making it into the top 10.The non-profit Access to Medicine foundation, which compiles the biennial index of drug companies, warned that while the availability of medicines is improving, the industry needs to do more on afforda...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, Drugs, UK News, World news, Ethical business, Global development, Healthcare Industry, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, Global Health


Biotech firm's shares plummet as cat-allergy trial fails

Circassia Pharmaceuticals loses two-thirds of its value after significant placebo effect halts vaccine for sufferersAn Oxford company hailed as a star of British biotechnology lost almost two-thirds of its stock market value on Monday after it revealed that its experimental cat allergy treatment had failed in a late-stage trial.Circassia Pharmaceuticals floated on the stock exchange in 2014 and was seen as one of the great hopes of the sector for its research into cat allergies, which affect 24 ...
Tags: Business, Science, Cats, Animals, Pets, US, Life and style, Society, UK News, Stock Markets, Pharmaceuticals industry, Allergies, Circassia Pharmaceuticals


The cancer drugs in your bathroom cabinet

Researchers have had promising results treating tumours with everyday medicines. So why aren’t the big pharma companies investing in trials?Helen Hewitt lost her mother, her younger brother and her baby son to cancer. Having successfully overcome breast cancer herself, she is currently battling several tumours in her lungs, and – thanks to an inherited mutation in her DNA – is at high risk of developing other cancers as well. Yet Helen, 41, is pioneering an unfamiliar approach against this all t...
Tags: Health, Science, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Thalidomide, Aspirin, Helen, Hewitt


Most antidepressants not working for children and teenagers – study

Only Prozac found to show measurable benefit, though authors caution their findings are not comprehensive due to a lack of available unbiased dataMost available antidepressants do not help children and teenagers with serious mental health problems and some may be unsafe, experts have warned.A review of clinical trial evidence found that of 14 antidepressant drugs, only one, fluoxetine – marketed as Prozac – was better than a placebo at relieving the symptoms of young people with major depression...
Tags: Science, Society, Depression, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry


Charity calls for new breast cancer drug to be given to UK women

Palbociclib may slow progress of disease by 10 months but Breast Cancer Now fears Nice will deem it not cost-effectiveA breast cancer charity is calling for women in the UK to be given access to a drug that could slow the progress of advanced breast cancer by an extra 10 months compared with current treatment but is not yet licensed in Europe despite being used widely in the US.Pfizer, the company that makes palbociclib, which is sold under the brand name Ibrance, only applied for a European lic...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Breast Cancer, Drugs, Cancer, US, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Pfizer, Nice


Brexit could lead to longer waiting times for new medicines, warn experts

The UK’s influence over regulation could be reduced and waiting times for new drugs and medical devices to become available increased, warn scientistsLeaving the EU could mean it takes several months longer for new drugs and medical devices to become available in the UK, and reduce Britain’s influence in how such products are regulated, experts have warned.At present, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which approves new medicines and medical devices across Europe is based in London. Continue ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, London, Drugs, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Eu Referendum, Pharmaceuticals industry, Brexit, European Medicines Agency


The innovators: Irish lab develops coating to ward off superbug

Coating applied to everyday objects such as smartphones, tablets and door handles reportedly has 99.99% success in preventing spread of MRSA and E coliGeorge Osborne was just one of the latest people to warn about the growing threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs, telling the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington last month that without urgent action the bugs would soon kill more people every year than cancer. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, Small Business, Washington, Entrepreneurs, Society, Chemistry, Ireland, Pharmaceuticals industry, Nanotechnology, Osborne, Antibiotics, MRSA and superbugs, Biochemistry and molecular biology


The cost of drugs is killing us. How can we foster access for all? | Mihir Mankad

Big pharma says high prices fund research and development, but costly drugs hit poor people hard and divert money needed to build clinics and pay nursesOver the past year, high medicine prices have made the headlines. In the UK, two cancer treatments were dropped because they were deemed too expensive. A US Senate subcommittee criticised pharmaceutical company Gilead for charging $84,000 (£57,000) for a full course of its new hepatitis C treatments and found that fostering broad, affordable acce...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, Drugs, America, Society, Global development, US Senate, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Sustainable Development Goals, Martin Shkreli, Gilead



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