22 Nov 10
With the global economy remaining stagnant, big pharma companies are keen to develop blockbuster drugs that have a high financial ceiling. Rodger McMillan, VP of R&D at Astra Zeneca has said that “big pharma is a cash-rich industry – it has to be,” namely because of the huge costs in developing new drugs – sometimes as much as $200 million.
18 Nov 10
In the USA alone, when your neighbor is out of work it is a slowdown, when your
family member is added it becomes recession and when you too join the same line
than it surely becomes a depression. The unofficial employment in USA being claimed at 15-25 percent while the economical turnaround seems a mirage; the closer you get the clearer becomes the reality, nothing but refractions.
16 Nov 10
In many ways, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) embodies many of the characteristics that define the NHS. In a system of universal access — and in a world where resources are finite — tough decisions inevitably have to be made. And by taking difficult decisions, particularly in reference to end of life care, NICE attempts to make the most of the drugs budget we do have.
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.
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