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‘Seeing others suffer is too stressful’: Why people buy, trade, donate medications on the black market

December 9, 2019

Altruism and a lack of access and affordability are three reasons why people with chronic illnesses turn to…
Study shows some generics can cost Medicare recipients more than brand-name drugs

July 12, 2019

Medicare Part D enrollees may pay more out of pocket for high-priced specialty generic drugs than their brand-name…
Docking calculations can accelerate drug discovery by predicting the bound poses of ligands for a targeted protein. However, it is not clear which docking methods work best. The Continuous Evaluation of Ligand Protein Predictions (CELPP) takes advantage of the continuous stream of data in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) to host a weekly public challenge designed to address this question, and ultimately, accelerate the creation of new and safer medications. Image by Lorenzo Casalino, UC San Diego
UC San Diego Chemists Take Aim at Drug Predictions

June 30, 2019

As many American consumers know, “pharma” means the big business of drug therapy. According to the U.S. National…
Fresh guidance to fill ‘information vacuum’ on new cannabis products for medicinal use

April 12, 2019

A clinical review, published for the BMJ, provides new interim advice for doctors and clinicians in prescribing cannabis-based…
Seeing through food and drug fakes and frauds

April 1, 2019

If we could tell authentic from counterfeit or adulterated drugs and foods just by looking at them, we…
Why is CBD oil everywhere?

January 31, 2019

With a widespread market and popular proselytizers, from high-end “aspirational” lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow to television M.D.-to-the-masses Dr.…
Aging Americans Fall Prey to ‘Brain-Boosting’ Supplements Offering Hope, Hype and Dodgy Data

January 30, 2019

Americans are feeding the multi-billion-dollar “brain health” dietary supplement industry in a desperate bid to stave off or…
Rising Drug Prices Linked to Older Products, Not Innovation

January 9, 2019

It’s no secret that drug prices are increasing, but to what extent are rising costs explained by the…
A new way to manufacture small batches of biopharmaceuticals on demand

October 2, 2018

Biopharmaceuticals, a class of drugs comprising proteins such as antibodies and hormones, represent a fast-growing sector of the…
Research Brief: Canadian clinics are marketing unproven stem cell treatments

September 27, 2018

New research from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics shows 30 Canadian businesses are marketing unproven stem cell treatments…
‘Biosimilar’ Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Actually Cost Patients More

September 12, 2018

To increase competition and potentially improve access and decrease costs for biologic specialty drugs that are highly effective…
Two New Studies on “Medicine’s Wild West” Find the Market Grows by 10 New Genetic Tests Every Day

May 9, 2018

With the price of genetic testing sloping downwards during recent years, countless private companies and labs have begun…
Sales of unapproved antibiotics thrive in India – even multinational corporations are involved

February 7, 2018

The world is trying to address the antibiotic resistance. Scientists seem to agree that it was caused by…
New tool to assess largely ignored risk in pharmaceutical industry

January 9, 2018

In collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University and AstraZeneca, the team have developed a simple approach to trawl…
Is Pharmaceutical Pollution Influencing Superbugs?

June 13, 2017

Superbugs are a hot topic, with more and more of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria and viruses mutating and appearing…
Prescribing patterns change following direct marketing restrictions

May 4, 2017

A study of how policies restricting pharmaceutical promotion to physicians affect medication prescribing found that physicians in academic…
Struggles ahead in China for chemical and pharmaceutical companies

September 3, 2015

China’s economic downturn plus other factors, including overcapacity and tightening regulations, mean the next two to three years…
Tagging drugs to fight counterfeit medicines

March 6, 2015

The U.S. and other countries are enacting rules to clamp down on the sales of fake pharmaceuticals, which…
Common medicines should mimic the timing of the body’s natural systems to prevent side-effects, scientists say

February 19, 2014

Scientists from Exeter and Bristol have studied how conventional steroid treatments – commonly used to treat a range…
Can’t pronounce the name of your medicine? Here’s why

June 28, 2013

Gone are the good old days when medicines had simple, easy to pronounce names such as aspirin, paracetamol…
21% of seniors in U.S. take high-risk medicines

April 12, 2013

A study of more than 6 million seniors in U.S. Medicare Advantage plans in 2009 found that 21…
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