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Allergan, Serenity Pharma enter global pact for the treatment of nocturia

Allergan, Inc. and Serenity Pharmaceuticals, LLC announced a global agreement for the development and commercialization of Ser-120, a phase III investigational drug currently in clinical development for the treatment of nocturia, a common yet often under-diagnosed urological disorder in adults characterized by frequent urination at night time.

Karnataka govt establishes 30 Special Courts to expedite spurious drug cases

Aiming to expedite cases pertaining to spurious and substandard drugs in the state, the Karnataka government with the consent of chief justice of Karnataka High Court has constituted 30 Special Courts in 30 districts. This notification comes in the wake of the powers conferred under Section 36 AB(1)of the Drugs & Cosmetics (Amended) Act, 2008.

Narayana Hrudayalaya Tissue Bank & Stem Cell Research Centre to invest Rs 1.50 cr for expansion

Narayana Hrudayalaya Tissue Bank and Stem Cell Research Centre (NHTB-SCRC) has slated an investment of Rs 1.50 crore for the facility expansion this year. The Centre which commenced operations in October 2009, now intends to further increase its research efforts in chord cell therapies. The facility now requires additional storage and processing units for the same. The expansion will be underway by June this year.

GSKs CAT to help COPD patients better manage their chronic lung disease

Singapore, Mar 30, 2010: A new and simple test to help patients cope better with COPD, a chronic lung disease is being launched to local medical practitioners of Singapore. Experts now hope the COPD Assessment Test (CAT) that was funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and is freely available for use, will be a significant breakthrough in efforts to reduce the burden of one of the world’s most debilitating diseases.

US president Obama signs Indian Health Care Improvement Act

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), the cornerstone legal authority for the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives, was made permanent when President Obama signed the bill on March 23, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The authorization of appropriations for the IHCIA had expired in 2000, and while various versions of the bill were considered by Congress since then, the act now has no expiration date.

Centre approves establishment of Indo-German Science & Technology Centre in India

The central government has approved the establishment of Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) in India with matching contribution as per Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) approval of 2 million Euro (approximately Rs 13 crore at current exchange rates) per year for next five years. The Centre would be registered as a “Society” under the relevant Act.

Antithrombotic Therapy Does Not Improve Outcomes in Recurrent Miscarriage

 In women with 2 or more unexplained miscarriages, aspirin therapy alone or in combination with the low-molecular-weight heparin derivative nadroparin does not increase the live-birth rate, relative to placebo, despite its widespread use for this purpose.

That is according to the randomized placebo-controlled Anticoagulants for Living Fetuses (ALIFE) study, published online March 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine.