12 Nov 10
Epratuzumab, a new humanised IgG1 monoclonal antibody that acts on CD22 (a molecule preventing over-activation of the immune system and emergence of auto-immune diseases) has shown promise as a potential treatment of moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) according to results of a new study EMBLEM.
Olwen Glynn Owen
11 Nov 10
Large pharma has been seeking new biomarkers for years – all part of their drug discovery process, but often only as an afterthought in the development process. That’s changed over recent years, but by-and-large the bulk of biomarker work remains in the hands of small -to -medium-sized companies whose focused approach is more attuned to biomarkers being a major element of a final product.
04 Nov 10
Most pharmacologists will acknowledge that nutrition is important for good health and well-being, however, at the same time it is also considered to be a chemical nightmare with unknown effects. This has not always been the case, in the past connections between pharmacology and nutrition has been more intimate, as Hippocrates once stated, ‘‘Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.
Johan Garssen, PhD, Conference Chairman
03 Nov 10
Reshaping the pharmaceutical industry's quality standards is currently the top priority for the Chinese government. Earlier announcements by its Ministry of Health to issue new tougher Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) standards for medical products comes at the right time as current regulations do not meet international standards which result in poor performance by Chinese companies in the international market.
27 Oct 10
Now more than ever, alternative science and holistic remedies are playing a role in our lifestyles. But is that right? Over the past year, we've reported on everything from homeopathy to hypnotherapy. Importantly, we've differentiated between those approaches with at least a modicum of evidence to support them, and those without almost any at all. Yet in contrast to homeopathy, perhaps it can be said that our next target has at least a little science to support it.
20 Oct 10
Last week Pharmaceutical heads met as a result of a drugs recall after a pill mix up of breast cancer pills. The drug, Fresenius Kabi’s Anastrozole, was made by the German company’s subsidiary in India. The ingredient mix up led to the voluntary recall of 7,192 bottles, each containing 30 tablets.
Emma Naylor- NG Online
18 Oct 10
Out there on the branding battlefields its simply do or die as brand images are either hyper visible or mortally lost in oblivion. Commanding success for any idea on the global scene demands universal access on e-commerce that is only deliverable by a cyber name identity, as it's the only key to open the site.
08 Oct 10
With access, cost and quality concerns plaguing pharmaceutical delivery systems both in the US as well as globally, the Next Generation Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery committee has been formed to confront, assess and deliver new strategies to secure the future of the industry.
29 Sep 10
If you have been looking around for a CV writing service you will have noticed that prices vary considerably and may be wondering why. The CV & Interview Advisors (that’s us) were one of the early entrants into the world of CV writing and have been around for many years.
29 Sep 10
Over the last few years, many companies have started to offer CV appraisals to the extent that the market is now flooded with offers of free advice. I remember the days when we and one or two other CV writing companies offered such a service and it became a very effective way of building relationships with customers and strutting our expertise on all things CV related.
29 Sep 10
There has been some conjecture amongst professionals regarding the merits of a personal profile on a CV. This conjecture stems from the fact that many job seekers fill there personal profiles with irrelevant and mostly clichéd information.
29 Sep 10
In my capacity as a Career Consultant, I have worked closely with freelancers & contractors for many years and two challenges keep rearing their ugly head: Firstly, how does a freelancer write a CV that isn’t six pages long; and secondly, what happens if you want to apply for a role that draws upon skills gained in a contract that isn’t the most recent piece of work that you have done.
24 Sep 10
In a climate of fiscal hardship, everybody has a special case to plead. Indeed, when the funding scalpel is out, every department and almost every recipient of public sector funds has a special tale to tell. The truth is, science funding really is that important.
20 Sep 10
If you have written material for a journal like this one, or a book, we may be holding monies due to you.
16 Sep 10
As healthcare innovation produces new treatments, and new information delivers increased awareness, a substantial rise in prescription drug use is only to be expected. For the most part, this can largely be seen as a positive development.
06 Sep 10
Last week, leaders from companies like AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Roche met in Vienna in a closed meeting to discuss the future of the pharma industry. Fears of layoffs at pharmaceutical companies are once again dominating the news, but could there be a less painful way to save money?
02 Sep 10
Even in the good years, mental health budgets were seldom in line with what experts expected or deemed necessary. Thus, in times of budget deficits and scathing public expenditure cuts, the worry becomes even greater. For those that care most about the health service then, the Coalition government's decision to ring fence healthcare spending has been largely applauded.
25 Aug 10
Originally born under the Conservatives, but fully evolved under Labour, Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) essentially offered the NHS an alternative way of paying for new hospitals and renovations at a time when public capital was said to be limited.
23 Aug 10
While long prohibited under UK ABPI regulations, if you’ve worked in the world of big pharma in the U.S., you’ll have seen it all a hundred times. A drugs company sponsors a medical conference, they pay for the meals and flights of the delegates and they hand them all a goodie bag as they leave.
23 Jul 10
If the nation’s recruiters received a pound for every time they’d interviewed a candidate that looked good on paper but disappointed in practice, there’d currently be an awful lot of recruiters in the process of relocating to the Caribbean.
Max Golby / Mike Wood
20 Jul 10
Skin cancers come in various forms but the type which causes most fear is the malignant melanoma, derived from the pigment-forming cells of the skin or melanocytes.
Dr Laurence Lever
19 Jul 10
During a time of major economic downturn, there are few industries that can be said to be truly ‘recession proof’. Yet for years now, big pharma has largely been seen as precisely that. After all, no matter dire the markets, and no matter how low consumer confidence plummets, there is always a demand for healthcare.
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