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 •  May 10

Pharmaceutical companies are under fire around the world as a wave of new treatments for cancer and other serious conditions reach the market at ever rising prices, and the pressure looks set to increase. This week the debate on drug pricing - a particularly heated topic in the United States - will move to Amsterdam as the Dutch government hosts a...

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 •  May 2

Rusty Young, who lived in Colombia for eight years and is about to release a book Colombiano about the country’s child soldiers, said it was unlikely the South Australian woman didn’t know about the 5.8kg of cocaine in her luggage. “Her version of events is not consistent with the way drug rings operate,” Mr Young told news.com.au. “If you were...

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 •  May 1

COLOMBIAN police believe Australian woman Cassie Sainsbury, arrested for allegedly having an estimated US$1 million (AU$1.3 million) worth of cocaine in her luggage, could have been working as a drug mule. Jorge Mendoza, the ports and airports director for Colombia’s anti-narcotic police, says he doubted the 22-year-old’s story that she didn’t know...

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 •  February 14

THE price of antibiotics, blood pressure pills and hundreds of other medications will rise by over 40 per cent from July 1 as a result of an Abbott Government agreement with chemists. The price rise for consumers and taxpayers results from a government decision to replaced the 15 per cent mark up component of a chemist’s fee with a flat $3.49...

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 •  February 14

PATIENTS are missing out on government price cuts to 100 prescription medicines because of a secret "additional charge'' imposed by pharmacists. The charge, worth up to $4.11, is being imposed after the Federal Government earlier this month cut the price of around 500 medicines. Pharmacists and consumer advocate Rollo Manning said the move was...