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 •  April 1

Doctors are on the cusp of launching the first new male contraceptive in more than a century. But rather than a Big Pharma lab, the breakthrough is emerging from a university start-up in the heart of rural India. Years of human trials on the injectable, sperm-zapping product are coming to an end, and researchers are preparing to submit it for...

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 •  March 9

Drug safety and regulation in Australia are under threat from US President Donald Trump, says leading Australian doctor John Rasko. Professor Rasko, with two international colleagues from Japan and Canada, has penned a comment article in the journal Nature published on Thursday calling for the US Food and Drug Administration to continue regulation...

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 •  February 14

A rebel group of doctors is lobbying colleagues to ban drug company representatives from their surgeries. Concerned about the level of influence that pharmaceutical companies have over doctors' prescribing habits, the group is challenging doctors to pledge not to entertain "educational" visits by marketing representatives for a full...

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 •  February 14

Scientists have discovered an Achilles heel for the malaria parasite, in a breakthrough that could lead to new ways of killing the parasite which claims the lives of more than half a million people every year. Scientists from the Australian National University, working with research groups across Australia and the globe have uncovered a raft of...

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 •  February 14

Australian researchers have made a discovery that could help in the global battle to develop a vaccine for malaria, one of the world's leading killers. Researchers at the Melbourne-based Burnet Institute identified a response the body uses to protect itself against malaria, which they believe could help in the development of a vaccine for the...

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 •  February 14

Fifty new and amended medicines have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), including cancer drugs. Health Minister Peter Dutton says it means about 230,000 people can receive treatments they might not otherwise have been able to afford. The new listings include a ground-breaking treatment for melanoma skin cancer. Dabrafenib, sold...