Health News

GSK, facing bribery claims, battles to build new sales model


LONDON - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline - hit by bribery claims in five countries - is to employ hundreds more doctors as members of staff as it seeks to build a new sales model designed to eliminate sharp marketing practices.

Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity, U.S. data show

WASHINGTON - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show.

2:40am EDT

Teva, Pfizer settle patent lawsuit over blockbuster painkiller

- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said it settled a patent lawsuit with Pfizer Inc, allowing the Israeli drugmaker to launch a generic version of Pfizer's blockbuster painkiller Celebrex in December.

10:48am EDT

China backs away from price controls on basic drugs

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - China has backtracked on its policy of capping retail prices on medicines and will allow pharmaceutical companies to set prices for some drugs, after criticism that controls had caused a drug drought that derailed treatment for millions of patients.

China 9:38am EDT

Death toll from Guinea Ebola outbreak rises to 122

CONAKRY - The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Guinea has risen to 122, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure of 108.

World, Africa 8:48am EDT

Founder of scandal-hit drugmaker Servier dies at 92

PARIS - Jacques Servier, founder and president of France's second-largest drugmaker, has died before his trial over Mediator, a weight-loss pill at the center of the country's biggest public health scandal in years.

France 4:22am EDT

Galapagos, GSK successfully conclude phase 2a study of skin disease drug

BRUSSELS - Belgian biotech group Galapagos NV on Thursday said it has successfully concluded the phase 2a study of a skin disease drug it is developing with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC.

1:57am EDT

California makes it harder for insurers to deny autism treatment

SACRAMENTO, California - California on Wednesday made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism, the latest in an ongoing series of actions by U.S. states to help families obtain the expensive therapies.

16 Apr 2014

British consumer watchdog to test for lamb meat substitution

- Britain's Foods Standards Agency (FSA) said it will begin a new round of tests on lamb takeaway meals from restaurants across the UK after the consumer watchdog found evidence of cheaper substitutes such as beef and chicken.

16 Apr 2014

New kind of trial aims to speed cancer drug development

LONDON - Scientists and drugmakers are pioneering a new kind of clinical trial that changes the way cancer drugs are studied, potentially cutting both the time and cost of bringing them to market.

16 Apr 2014