New ‘gene silencer’ #cholesterol #drug can ‘switch off’ heart #disease

Washington D.C [USA], Mar. 18: A breakthrough 'gene silencer' drug has the power to 'switch off' heart disease by reducing cholesterol by over 50 percent. The findings come from the largest trial yet to test the safety and effectiveness of this kind of therapy. The technique, known as RNA interference (RNAi) therapy, essentially 'switches off' one of the genes…Read more New ‘gene silencer’ #cholesterol #drug can ‘switch off’ heart #disease

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Domestic #drugmakers face squeeze in #US healthcare market

India's small and medium-sized generic drugmakers say the threat of tougher rules and higher barriers for outsiders in the U.S. healthcare market will force many to find a niche or focus their expansion efforts on other countries. India supplies nearly a third of medicines sold in the United States, the world's largest healthcare market. Cut-price…Read more Domestic #drugmakers face squeeze in #US healthcare market

New method for producing leading #antimalarial drug

Researchers at Cardiff University have devised a new way of creating a drug commonly used as the first line of defence against malaria around the world. Artemisinin is a drug recommended by the World Health Organisation for treatment of all cases of severe malaria and works by attacking all stages of the malaria parasite in…Read more New method for producing leading #antimalarial drug

Indian Govt gets Rs 672 cr fine from pharma cos for overcharging

Drug pricing regulator NPPA has received Rs 672.28 crore fine till date from pharmaceutical companies for overcharging, Parliament was informed today. Since inception, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has issued 1,527 demand notices to companies for overcharging on sales of formulations at prices above the notified ceiling price. "Demand notices have been issued for…Read more Indian Govt gets Rs 672 cr fine from pharma cos for overcharging

Know your supplements & their manufacturers. Supplement pitfalls revealed by experts 

Researchers find significant amounts of pharmaceutical drugs hidden in various herbal supplements. Medical researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that some common, over-the-counter herbal supplements contain significant amounts of pharmaceutical ingredients. The group is led by Duncan Burns, Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Global Food Security, located at the Queen’s University in Belfast.…Read more Know your supplements & their manufacturers. Supplement pitfalls revealed by experts