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Saudi seizes drugs worth $267m; 6 held

Saudi Arabian police have arrested six people and seized illegal drugs worth 1 billion riyals ($267 million) that were being smuggled into the country from neighbouring Bahrain, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. Spokesman Majo

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Merck hepatitis C drugs show promise

A two-drug combination being tested by Merck & Co to treat hepatitis C cured 98 percent of previously untreated patients without cirrhosis in a midstage clinical trial, providing the latest evidence that the US drugmaker will be highly compe

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Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $3.2bn deal

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said it will buy Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $3.2 billion all-share deal, creating the world's fifth-largest generic drug maker from two firms struggling with quality issues in the lucrative US market.

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GSK to invest $200m in African factories, R&D

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plans to invest up to 130 million pounds ($216 million) in Africa over the next five years as it bets on the importance of the continent in driving long-term demand for medicine. The decision reflects the

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Ten firms join search for new drugs

Ten big rival drug companies have formed a pact to cooperate on a US government-backed effort to accelerate the discovery of new drugs, the Wall Street Journal reported. The companies and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) wi

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WARNING: Cancer 'growing at alarming pace'

* Cancer deaths to rise to 13 million per year * Annual global cost of cancer $1.16 trillion * Action urged on smoking, drinking and obesity Cancer was growing "at an alarming pace" worldwi

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Bahrain to build special hospital for addicts

A new specialised hospital for drugs and alcohol addiction will be built in Bahrain, a report said. The Cabinet, yesterday approved a parliamentary proposal and directed the Health Ministry to take necessary action, reported the G

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Arab Spring fallout fuels Mediterranean smuggling

The chaotic fallout of the "Arab Spring" is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean, and cash-strapped regional powers are struggling to respond. Last month, European leade

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FBI shuts alleged online drug marketplace

US law enforcement authorities have shut down "Silk Road," an anonymous Internet marketplace for illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and criminal activities such as murder for hire, and arrested its alleged owner.

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'Superbugs' deemed urgent threats

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, a diarrhea-causing superbug and a class of fast-growing killer bacteria dubbed a "nightmare" have been classified as urgent public health threats in the US.

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