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New drug approved for late-stage breast cancer, Singapore News

A drug that has been used to treat ovarian cancer since 2014 was approved last month by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for treating late-stage breast cancer in patients with a rare genetic mutation. Called Olaparib, the drug is more effective and less toxic than chemotherapy drugs. It kills cancer cells containing mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes – which normally function as tumour suppressors – by inhibiting their ability to repair their DNA. However, Olaparib does not come cheap. A month’s supply can cost up to $8,000 before subsidies. Associate…

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Metro family scion Ong Jenn, in jail on drug offence, gets 26 months for similar crime, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Metro family scion Ong Jenn has been slapped with another jail sentence for drug-related offences, after pleading guilty to cannabis possession and consumption. The 43-year-old, who is the grandson of Metro founder Ong Tjoe Kim and the son of its former group managing director Jopie Ong, was sentenced to two years and two months’ jail on Wednesday (April 24). Ong pleaded guilty to a cannabis consumption charge and two counts of being in possession of the drug. In his first conviction, Ong pleaded guilty on May 12, 2017,…

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A wave of lawsuits awaits 40 producers of valsartan, the popular heart drug tainted with the carcinogen NDMA

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against drug makers and sellers over widely prescribed generic heart medications tainted with potential carcinogens, the first claims in what some lawyers expect to be a wave of litigation.Millions of Americans have taken the drugs, which are at the centre of a widening recall being overseen by the US Food and Drug Administration, and have been for decades used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and other common conditions.A lawyer involved in an… Source link

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Chinese drug maker scrambles after shares plunge on reports ex-chairman arrested for murder

A large pharmaceutical company in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province scrambled to do damage control after news its former chairman and controlling shareholder had been arrested on murder changes sent its share price into a tailspin.Sunflower Pharmaceutical Group issued a response to an inquiry by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange saying operations are not affected by the arrest. Its stock plummeted 10 per cent – that daily limit in China – in just 12 minutes the day before.The story caught fire… Source link

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Two men arrested for drug offences after brief car chase in Queenstown, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Two men were arrested after brief car chase in Queenstown on Wednesday (April 10). The driver, a 21-year-old man, was arrested for traffic-related offences, possession of offensive weapons, and suspected drug-related offences, said the police. The passenger, a 19-year-old man, was arrested for suspected drug-related offences. The police said that at 11.15am, traffic police officers were conducting a check on a car along Mei Ling Street when the driver suddenly sped off and subsequently hit a motorcycle. Traffic police officers were conducting a check on a car along…

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HSA recalls three brands of high blood pressure drug losartan over cancer risk, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Three brands of a medicine prescribed for high blood pressure are being recalled because they contain higher than acceptable amounts of nitrosamine impurity, which can potentially cause cancer. However, patients currently taking these three brands of losartan are advised not to stop taking the medicine, as the immediate health risk is low, the Health Sciences Authority said in a statement on Thursday (March 28). The drugs affected are the 50mg and 100mg tablets from these brands: Hypergen, Losagen and Losartas. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that about…

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China’s stocks rebound as investors seek safety in consumer, drug shares

Chinese stocks rebounded after two days of losses on Wednesday, as investors took refuge in consumer and pharmaceutical companies after official data showed a slump in profits at industrial companies.The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.9 per cent, or 25.62 points, to 3,022.71 at the close, with sub-gauges tracking consumer staples and health care stocks rising at least 2.7 per cent. Makers of lithium battery-related products for electric cars slumped after China said it will slash subsidies… Source link

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Model-DJ Tenashar jailed 18 months for drug offences, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Local model and club DJ Tenashar, who fled the country while out on bail for drug offences, was jailed for 18 months on Tuesday (March 26). The former FHM Singapore cover girl, whose full name is Debbie Valerie Tenashar Long, was found to have traces of drugs, including cocaine, in her urine sample in 2015. She absconded in November that year, before returning in May 2018 after her passport expired. She was arrested upon arrival. The 33-year-old mother of a 12-year-old girl had pleaded guilty to consuming benzoylecgonine,…

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China needs 30 times its outsourcing capacity to meet demand created by drug pricing reform, says Wuxi Biologics boss

China will need 30 times its current outsourced manufacturing capacity for biological drugs, according to Chris Chen Zhisheng, chief executive of Wuxi Biologics, its largest drugs development and manufacture outsourcing company.“Under the Chinese government’s recent drug pricing reform policies, aimed at driving generic drug makers to put more resources in innovative drugs development, outsourcing demand will rise,” Chen said on Tuesday. “China’s contract outsourcing market is only tiny partly… Source link

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Daughter of Hour Glass founders loses appeal, to start jail term for drug abuse next month, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Audrey Tay May Li, 45, the daughter of the founders of luxury watch retailer Hour Glass, will start her jail sentence for drug abuse next month after her appeal was dismissed by the High Court on Friday (March 15). In October last year, Tay was sentenced to 22 months’ jail for repeatedly abusing drugs for two years. On one occasion, she had turned up intoxicated for a psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health. The former public relations consultant, who is divorced, was arrested in August 2015…

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