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 •  January 27

A patient has described suffering "horrendous" symptoms for three days after a Boots pharmacy gave him the wrong medication. The 51-year-old was prescribed a drug to help with his insomnia, but was given one for high blood pressure with a similar name. He believes Boots pharmacy staff are overworked and this led to the mistake. Boots said the...

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 •  September 7, 2017

US drugmaker Eli Lilly plans to lay off more than 8% of its global staff and close several facilities in an attempt to reduce costs. Most of the 3,500 job cuts are expected to come via an early retirement programme for US workers, it said. The firm, known for making erectile dysfunction medicine Cialis, said the reductions were expected to save...

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 •  August 1, 2017

Scientists working in tandem with artificial intelligence (AI) could slash the time it takes to develop new drugs - and, crucially, the cost - say tech companies. Developing pharmaceutical drugs is a very expensive and time-consuming business. And as AstraZeneca found out last week, disappointing drug trials can knock millions off your stock market...

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 •  June 8, 2017

All music festivals should provide drug testing facilities, where people can go and find out if substances are safe, says the Royal Society for Public Health. This will reduce the risk of serious harm from recreational drug use, after a sharp increase in drug deaths in England and Wales, it says. A rise in drug strength means users may be taking...

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 •  May 5, 2017

Translink has said it has made changes at Belfast's Yorkgate train station after a rise in anti-social behaviour. Local residents have complained about heroin being sold, leading Translink to cut back shrubs and bushes to make the station safer for travellers and staff. The police said they have "increased patrols at key times" near the...

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 •  February 21, 2017

Developing a drug from a promising molecule to a potential life-saver can take more than a decade and cost billions of dollars. Speeding this process up - without compromising on safety or efficacy - would seem to be in everyone's interests. And cloud computing is helping to do just that. "Cloud platforms are globally accessible and easily...

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 •  February 14, 2017

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a programme to increase production of experimental Ebola treatments in Guinea and other affected countries. The programme will focus on treatments derived from the blood of survivors. The foundation also said the grant would be used to evaluate new experimental drugs. More than 5,000...

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 •  February 14, 2017

Friendly bacteria in the human gut can trigger a natural immune response against malaria, say researchers. They found that sugary proteins on the surface of some healthy gut bacteria train the immune system to fend off the malaria parasite. Tests, in the journal Cell, showed the same sugary protein could be used in a vaccine to immunise mice...

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 •  February 14, 2017

The genetics underpinning resistance to a frontline malaria drug, artemisinin, have been revealed, scientists say. In South East Asia, malaria parasites have developed tolerance to the treatment, and there are fears that this will spread. Now, in the largest genetic study to date, scientists have identified mutations in the parasite genome that are...

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 •  February 14, 2017

The US has banned India's largest drugmaker Ranbaxy from producing and distributing drugs for the US market from its Toansa facility in Punjab. The US drug regulator said there had been "significant" manufacturing violations at the facility. It alleged that staff had retested materials after those items had failed initial tests "in order to produce...