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Sep 14, 2014

Costly eye drug and far cheaper alternative have similar side effects: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Injecting Roche’s cancer drug Avastin as a cheap eye treatment does not appear to increase deaths or serious side effects, according to an independent study that is likely to fuel a row over the medicine’s unapproved use.

An analysis of nine clinical trials – including three unpublished ones – concluded that health policies favoring the much more expensive eye drug Lucentis over Avastin were not supported by current evidence.

Sep 12, 2014

EU under fire for making medicines industrial, not health issue

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – New European Commission
President Jean-Claude Juncker came under fire from health
campaigners on Friday for his plan to shift responsibility for
medicines to the Commission’s industrial division from health.

Juncker announced earlier this week the proposal to move the
supervision of medicines and health technology from the
directorate general (DG) for Health and Consumers to the DG for
Enterprise and Industry as part of a broad reallocation of

Sep 12, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Sep 12, 2014

BAT nicotine inhaler licensed as medicinal product in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – A new nicotine inhaler to be sold by a unit of British American Tobacco has been licensed in the UK as a medicinal product, marking the arrival of a novel alternative in the fast-growing market for electronic cigarettes.

The cigarette-shaped Voke Inhaler marks a further move by one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies to defend its turf in a rapidly changing market. Since it involves no heat, electronics or battery it is not classified as an e-cigarette.

Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014

Ebola highlights slow progress in war on tropical diseases

LONDON (Reuters) – Some of the world’s most gruesome diseases are finally getting a bit of attention.

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has already killed at least 2,296 people in West Africa, has triggered a scramble to develop the first drug or vaccine for a deadly disease that was discovered nearly 40 years ago in the forests of central Africa.

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      "Ben Hirschler is European pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare correspondent, based in London. Previously, he was in charge of British company news and before that was posted to Johannesburg, covering the economic challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa."
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