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Drugs manufacturing: Good practice check list

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has decided to issue new Good Manufacturing Practice check list to ensure quality of manufactured drugs. The decision was taken during the 254th meeting of Central Licensing Board of the Authority in Islamabad. The board also approved New Drug Manufacturing Licenses to three new companies, additional Manufacturing Sections…

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UK survey finds 28,000 plant species for medical use

LONDON: More than 28,000 species of plants around the world have a medical use but poor documentation means people are not making the most of the health benefits, according to a survey released on Thursday. Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London recorded 28,187 species in its latest annual survey and said it was…

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Currency drop hits Egypt’s medicine supplies, angering public

CAIRO: Pharmacies across Egypt are running short of medicines, some of them life-savers, as a plunge in the value of the Egyptian pound coupled with strict government price caps has made scores of products unprofitable to produce or import.

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Excessive Use of Antibiotics — Causes and Consequences

  With every passing day, fever, flu and sore throat was spreading in the city. It was the impact of the climate and to some degree viral as well. Aftab likewise encountered the same indications. Instead of visiting doctor, he went to nearby pharmacy and purchased a set of medicine which he considered very effective…

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Paracetamol ‘not effective’ against arthritis: study

PARIS: Paracetamol, a common over-the-counter pain-reliever, does not work in the treatment of osteoarthritis, a joint disorder afflicting tens of millions of elderly people, according to a study released Friday. When taken on its own to alleviate pain or enhance mobility, the drug was found to be only marginally — and insignificantly — better than…

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Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

PARIS: A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine. Tu Youyou, who helped discover its therapeutic treasures in lab work at the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, was honoured on Monday with the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine….

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‘Gifts’ from Chinese herbal medicine

PARIS: Derived from a herb used to treat fevers some 1,700 years ago, the anti-malaria drug artemisinin is one of many treatments plucked from the treasure chest of ancient Chinese medicine and repackaged for a modern age. The compound revolutionised cures for a killer disease for which drug resistance is a major problem, and is…

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Recent winners of Nobel Medicine Prize

STOCKHOLM: Here is a list of the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize over the past 10 years, following the latest award on Monday: 2015: William Campbell (US citizen born in Ireland) and Satoshi Omura (Japan), Tu Youyou (China) for their discoveries of treatments against parasites. 2014: John O’Keefe (Britain, US), Edvard Moser and May-Britt…

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Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

STOCKHOLM: A trio of scientists earned the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives. Tu Youyou of China won half of the award for her work on artemisinin, an anti-malarial drug based on ancient Chinese herbal medicine,…

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Lifespans of 150 years or more…not far from the rich

NEW YORK: Could the one percent soon get to live twice as long as the rest of us – maybe even forever? Immortality may not be in the cards just yet, but exponential breakthroughs in technology and medicine will make possible lifespans of 150 years or more, according to Ken Dychtwald. Dychtwald, a pioneering expert…

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Sakrand cops get the taste of own medicine

Police in Sakrand town of Sindh discovered a unique and somewhat weird way to train new cops. Watch this video.

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Nature's 'medicine cabinet' fights bee disease: study

PARIS: Floral nectar contains a bouquet of natural chemicals that may help fight parasite infection in bumble bees, a study said Wednesday. The findings throw up clues for helping honey bee colonies battling mysterious but catastrophic decline. Biologists in New England tested eight nectar compounds on North American bumble bees — Latin name Bombus impatiens…

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Inhalable insulin launched

PARIS: Sanofi launched an inhalable insulin in the United States on Tuesday in a potential boost for its flagging diabetes drug sales and for patient quality of life. Developed by Mannkind Corp, Afrezza will be the only inhalable insulin on the U.S. market, where Sanofi competes with Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk for sales of…

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How precision medicine may save your life

NEW YORK: The term “precision medicine’’ is one that most people had likely never heard before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but it is an area of exciting promise in biomedical research that will eventually improve health outcomes and potentially reduce healthcare costs. The concept revolves around understanding the specific genetic changes…

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PM orders withdrawal of hike in medicine prices

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday took the notice of up to 15 percent increase in prices of medicines, and ordered authorities to revive the old rates, SAMAA reported.On Thursday, the federal ministry of health issued a notification according to which prices of around 30,000 medicines of varied nature were raised by 2…

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US, German scientists win 2013 Nobel prize for medicine

STOCKHOLM: Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and Germany's Thomas Suedhof won the 2013 Nobel medicine prize for their work on how hormones are transported within and outside cells, giving insight into diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's.The Nobel Committee said the work of the three scientists had great implications for neurological conditions as well…

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Japanese, UK scientists win Nobel medicine prize

STOCKHOLM: A British and a Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for work on creating stem cells, opening the door to new methods to diagnose and treat diseases.Briton John Gurdon and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka equally share the prize of 8 million crowns ($1.2 million), the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute…

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Medicine prices go up

Fariyal Arif from Karachi highlights recent hike in medicine prices.

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Shah blames Shahbaz for medicine-related deaths

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah on Monday blamed Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for the deaths of more than 100 people in Lahore. Speaking to newsmen in Lahore, Shah said Shahbaz Sharif is responsible for deaths of so many people due to contaminated drugs. He said Shahbaz Sharif’s decision…

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Medicine menace

Medicines’ reaction caused huge losses in Punjab, creating troubles for the Punjab government.

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Medicine reaction: 26 dead in Lahore

Staff ReportLAHORE: Another 12 people Saturday succumbed to their mysterious disease spawned by the reaction of medicines, raising the overall death toll to 26.Meantime, the probe committee formed to identify the mysterious disease could not reach any consequence even after two days.The probe committee head Dr. Azhar said the Secretary Health has been requested to…

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