Events disturbingly similar to the thalidomide tragedy continue to occur.
Tighter regulations of medicines and devices have prevented countless deaths and disabilities. But regulation can't always protect us from harm.
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan at the launch of a new global campaign against antibiotic resistance.
More than 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The World Health Organisation is trying to end the age of ignorance to protect this global common good.
We need new ways to pay drug producers if we are to make treatments available where they're really needed.
Taking off the label to charge more.
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Pharmaceutical companies aim to make a profit, but it took an industry insider to blow the whistle on some exorbitant drug costs the NHS was paying.
The goal is to grow and activate drugs by a process as simple as making tea.
This project offers the tantalising possibility that plants containing drugs, such as agents to treat HIV, could be farmed on a small scale at low cost by communities that need them most.
Bashing drugmakers can be an easy way to score political points.
Clinton, who named drug companies among her enemies in this week's debate, is pushing populist-inspired policies that could hamper the flow of new medicines.
A deadly meeting? The potentially lethal viper, Echis carinatus.
News that a leading manufacturer will cease making a well-known antivenom is not actually new.
Off-label use is when an approved medicine is prescribed for a different reason, at a different dose, or in different patient groups than originally intended.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.
Generic medicine is essential to regions like the Southern African Development Community where HIV is endemic and cheap drugs are needed.
The generic drug industry has become essential to developing countries that need access to cheaper drugs to treat their heavy burdens of communicable diseases.
Insulin, which is used for controlling diabetes and has been in the market for 30 years, was the first biologic.
Biologics are widely accepted as the most effective way of treating certain diseases. They have become the fastest-growing class of therapeutic compounds, with about 300 now available for human use.
Combination drugs are considered an innovation of India's medicines industry but they are not as safe as they should be.
Horse-rider Potso Seoete makes an HIV-drug delivery to the Molika-liko health clinic in a remote district of Lesotho.
Medicine shortages in southern Africa, particularly of anti-retrovirals for HIV patients, require urgent attention. A regional approach to distribution has been tried in South America and could work for the region.
High costs are used to justify high drug prices.
Ever wonder how much it costs to develop a new drug? The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development estimates US$2.6 billion. But how accurate is this figure?
Generic medicines may have a different colour, shape, size and taste than the original brand.
Generic medicine contains the same active ingredient in the same dose as the original brand.
Someone’s pulling the strings.
Whether you cheered the election result or were cast into a depression, it doesn't really matter. The real power lies outside of Westminster, and outside of our control.
Piling up new treatments.
Proposals for a new way to fund antibiotic research and development are just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against drug-resistance.
The politician’s choice.
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Food for drug-resistant bacteria.
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Food can prevent certain medicines being absorbed into the bloodstream.
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