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Drug shortages prompt question: are some medicines too cheap?

Philip Aubrey buys medicines for British government-funded hospitals across London, capital of the world's fifth-largest economy, but last year he struggled to secure supplies of a basic AIDS drug.   He is no

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GSK promises reduced drug patents to help world's poor

GlaxoSmithKline is to adopt a graduated approach to patenting its medicines, depending on the wealth of different countries, in order to make drugs more affordable in the developing world.   Britain's biggest

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Drug trafficker is arrested in Bahrain

A Bahraini drug trafficker who allegedly recruited foreign women as drug mules has been arrested. The 30-year-old, who previously served time in prison for drug dealing, has been identified as a major smuggler, sources told the Gulf Daily

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Germany to spot drug test pilots

Germany plans legislation requiring random drug and alcohol testing of pilots, hoping to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Germanwings crash in March, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt was quoted as saying on Sunday. The plan

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New drug hope for sickle cell patients

Sickle cell sufferers have been urged to make the switch to a life-changing drug that could drastically reduce complications. More than 40 per cent of sufferers being cared for at the Genetic Blood Disease Centre in Salmaniya Medical Complex (

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India drug industry says US-led trade deal will raise prices

Leaders of India's $15 billion pharmaceuticals industry, a major supplier of affordable generics to the world, have joined public health activists in criticising a new US-led trade deal they say will delay the arrival of new cheap drugs.

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Leukemia drug gets conditional European approval

European health regulators on Friday conditionally approved Amgen's rare blood cancer drug, Blincyto, which is one of the world's most expensive cancer treatments.   The US Food and Drug Administration in

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Bahrain police foil major drug smuggling bid

Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle three kilos of marijuana and 505 prescription pills into Bahrain hidden inside motorcycle spare parts. They were concealed inside a package that was shipped to Bahrain from Bangladesh using internationa

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Diabetes drug slashes deaths in patients with heart risk

Eli Lilly and Co's new Jardiance pill slashed deaths by 32 per cent in patients with type 2 diabetes at risk of heart attack and stroke, a finding that could make it a mainstay diabetes treatment and triple its use, according to researcher

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Bahrain slashes price of cancer drugs

Prices of cancer medication in Bahrain have been slashed by up to 80 per cent, as part of the final phase of the GCC drug price unification programme. Effective from September 1, 638 types of medicines including 71 used for anaesthesia, 94 vac

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