Health

GSK Plans Graduated Approach to Drug Patents to Help Poor

LONDON, March 31 – GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it would adopt a graduated approach to patenting its medicines, depending on the wealth of different countries, in order to make drugs more affordable in the developing world. Britain’s biggest drugmaker will not file patents for its drugs in the world’s poorest states, leaving the way clear

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Chile Reports its First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case

BUENOS AIRES, March 26 – Chile has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus having been sexually transmitted, the health ministry said in a statement on its website on Saturday. The virus is linked to thousands of suspected cases of birth defects in Brazil. The new case in Chile is that of a 46-year-old

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France Confirms Case of Mad Cow Disease

PARIS, March 24 – France’s agriculture ministry confirmed on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had been discovered in the northeastern region of Ardennes. The suspected case, found in a five-year-old cow, was identified last week during a test carried out on cattle older than 48 months after

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Fourth Person Dies of Ebola in Latest Flare Up in Guinea

CONAKRY, March 20 – A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims. “The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzerekore

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Tobacco Off Saudi Shelves Amid Price Rise Speculation

RIYADH, March 13 – Cigarettes had disappeared from the shelves in some Saudi cities on Sunday amid speculation on social media that the government was about to raise prices on tobacco and other products that are harmful to health. Three Riyadh shops visited by Reuters said they had no cigarettes for sale and social media

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Pharma Crusader Takes India’s Drug Regulators to Court

By Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI, March 7 – One of India’s best-known whistleblowers, who exposed dangerous practices in the generic drug industry in 2013, is taking the country’s drugs regulators to court, accusing them of failing to enforce rules on drug safety in the $15 billion industry. Three years ago, Dinesh Thakur exposed how India’s

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Google Says its Engineers Working with UNICEF to Map Zika

SAO PAULO, March 3 – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyse data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil. Google said in a statement it was providing a $1

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