Pharma News

Novocure's Optune: A big hope for patients with recurrent glioblastoma

  • Posted on: 3 April 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Glioblastomas (GBM) are tumors that arise from astrocytes—the star-shaped cells that make up the “glue-like,” or supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant (cancerous) because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels  Approximately 10,000 patients diagnosed each year in the US and approximately 1,600 patients diagnosed each year in Japan.

Barcodes on mono-cartons: a boon or bane?

  • Posted on: 2 April 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

To ensure medicines sold in the country are genuine products, the health ministry has developed a 'Track and Trace' mechanism which will enable consumers to check safety and authenticity of a drug through the internet. Barcode helps in tracking and tracing origin of drugs, which minimises the chances of genuine medicines being considered spurious, sub-standard or counterfeit. The Pharmaceutical  exporters keep demand in front of Union commerce ministry to exempt barcodes on mono cartons as a secondary level packaging on pharmaceuticals and drugs  export consignment  which is to be implemented from April 1, 2015 for tracing and tracking purposes.

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to acquire select portfolio of UCB in India

  • Posted on: 2 April 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a select portfolio of the established products business of UCB, in the territories of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. The acquired business is being sold on a slump sale basis. The transaction includes approximately 350 employees engaged in operations of the India Business. The revenues of the acquired business is approximately INR 150 Crores for calendar year 2014.

Global homoeopathy foundation developed new homoeopathic drug for TB

  • Posted on: 1 April 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

The reappearance of tuberculosis and the rush of multidrug-resistant clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis have reaffirmed tuberculosis as a key public health concern. Researchers from Global Homoeopathy Foundation (GHF) in collaboration with along with the Mumbai-based Haffkine Institute have developed a new homoeopathic drug for TB patients.

No evidence of accelerated Ebola Virus Evolution in West Africa: NIH

  • Posted on: 27 March 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

The Ebola virus circulating in humans in West Africa is undergoing relatively few mutations, none of which suggest that it is becoming more severe or transmissible, according to a National Institutes of Health study in Science. The study compares virus sequencing data from samples taken from patients in Guinea (March 2014), Sierra Leone (June 2014) and Mali (November 2014).

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