Antidepressants bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry, and yet science shows their benefit to be small. Natural therapies such as diet, exercise, light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are just as effective.
These four “natural” therapies for depression have rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific studies to support their use.
It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing.
Researchers who've created a kidney-on-a-chip explain why these kinds of devices are an improvement over traditional ways to test new drugs.
High-tech ways to scan nature’s own creations.
Pharmaceutical companies focus on small molecules they've devised – and can easily patent. But nature's already come up with many antibacterial compounds that drug designers could use to make medicines.
Health Canada’s intention to increase the fees drug makers pay for the drug approval process threatens to compromise drug safety and the health of the Canadian public.
Health Canada proposes to increase fees to the pharmaceutical industry for prescription drug approval. This will compromise drug safety and is a risk to the health of the Canadian public.
The cells inside this bioreactor are the real pharmaceutical factories.
Rather than being designed by chemists, this class of pharmaceuticals is produced by living cells. Here's where they come from and how they work.
Are research nonprofits holding up their end of the tax-exempt bargain?
Holding patents can be a lucrative and powerful position to be in. Here's a proposal for how nonprofit patent holders can do more for the common good – and live up to their end of the tax break bargain.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea, once easily dispatched with penicillin, are spreading across the globe resulting in chronic pain and sterility.
Without leading edge innovations and coordination, Canadians will die from the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.
Now you can find out who’s wining and dining our doctors, nurses and pharmacists with publicly available data of drug company funded events.
Drug companies funded more than 116,000 educational events for doctors over four years. Now you can find out exactly which companies footed the bills and how much they paid.
Globalised drug manufacturing is adding to the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
The government is paying too much for pharmaceuticals that are no better than their cheaper counterparts. Let’s fix that.
Australia is spending more than A$500 million a year too much for pharmaceuticals because of a little known loophole that allows drug companies to overcharge the government.
Firms with a focus on the domestic and regional market have an incentive to distribute their medicines effectively. Local production can create a win-win situation for health and employment.
Available online: Georgetown’s high-throughput equipment for biomarker staining.
Science and technology research has become so complicated and expensive that a gap has grown between the experiments scientists would like to do and what they have the means to do.
Lynette Rowe’s lawyers successfully negotiated a multimillion dollar settlement, but not every compensation case is that successful.
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Decades have passed and yet the issue of financial compensation for the remaining "survivors" of the thalidomide tragedy has, in many instances, remained unresolved.
Thalidomide was used by the pregnant women – the population that turned out to be most vulnerable to its risks.
Thalidomide's manufacturer, Chemie Grünenthal, marketed the drug as safe for pregnant women despite reports it was causing malformations in newborns. Why such blatant denial?
Kim Kardashian neglected to mention a morning sickness drug’s side effects when she promoted it, which violated US regulations.
Pharmaceutical companies can use prescription medication ads to mislead an unwitting public for the sake of profits. While Australia prohibits such ads, the laws don't go far enough.
In most African countries, there is no oversight body for the pharmaceutical marketplace.
Africa's pharmaceutical industry has mushroomed in the last ten years. But its ability to keep pace with demand is being held back by a number of factors, including a shortage of specialists.
We need new ways to pay drug producers if we are to make treatments available where they're really needed.
Indonesian schoolchildren show off the mark indicating they’ve just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world’s ‘neglected’ diseases.
The 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine went to research on remedies derived from natural compounds. Academia is continuing the fight against 'neglected' diseases by similarly hunting for new drugs in nature.
The Western Cape’s fynbos is one of South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots. Local traditional healers use its leaf material for medicines.
African traditional medicine is widely relied on in South Africa but better understanding of its effects are needed for it to be accepted..