Optimata to Present Virtual Patient That Predicts Response to

Professor Agur founded Optimata Ltd. whose mission is to rationalize
drug development and medicine by tailoring the most suitable drug
treatments to specific patient-populations and to individuals. The
company has developed, validated and commercialized a predictive
biosimulations technology – Optimata Virtual Patient(R) (OVP) – comprising
computer-implemented mathematical models of physiological, pathological Read the rest of this entry »

Australia says global drugs kingpin arrested

SYDNEY (AFP) — Australian police Monday said they had arrested a man who allegedly headed a cocaine trafficking syndicate which spanned three continents.
Police said the man, accused of operating a trafficking network out of Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, was Friday charged with conspiring to import the drug following his extradition from Holland.
The network’s couriers allegedly swallowed and then transported the drugs around the Read the rest of this entry »

Hospital settles lawsuit over billing

The state attorney general’s office says Boston Medical Center has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle allegations it overcharged the state for emergency services provided to low-income patients.
According to the agreement, the hospital and its East Boston Neighborhood Health Center will also begin talks with the state about improving emergency services.
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s suit alleged Boston Medical overcharged the Massachusetts Read the rest of this entry »

Targanta shares plummet on negative FDA panel vote

NEW YORK (Associated Press) – Shares of Targanta Therapeutics Corp. plunged Thursday, a day after a panel of government experts voted against the benefits of the company’s antibiotic.
On Wednesday the Food and Drug Administration’s panel of infection experts voted 10 to 8 against the overall safety and effectiveness of the company’s injectable drug, called oritavancin.
Shares of the Cambridge, Mass.-based company plummeted $6.48, or 84 percent, Read the rest of this entry »

Caraco gets FDA warning letter on quality control

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Ltd. said Monday it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration over quality-control issues.
The letter was issued as a follow-up to an FDA inspection of the company’s Detroit manufacturing plant in May. Caraco said it had responded to observations made by the agency and took corrective actions. Additional letters to the agency also noted improvements.
The FDA has the authority Read the rest of this entry »

John Dingell under care at hospital

U.S. Rep. John Dingell was admitted to a Washington-area hospital Tuesday afternoon after experiencing some “discomfort” while working in his Capitol Hill office.
It marked the latest turn in what has been a difficult autumn for the 82-year-old Dearborn Democrat who will become the longest serving congressional member ever next year. Dingell has suffered health problems and lost a powerful committee post earlier this month.
He was to stay overnight Read the rest of this entry »

Effort needed to ensure drug quality

October 06, 2008:
The US Food and Drug Administration has just banned 30 drugs from India’s giant Ranbaxy Laboratories because of quality fears but the move is long overdue and Ranbaxy continues to supply the developing world with other drugs that are not checked for quality.
The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) later suspended purchases of Ranbaxy drugs after buying $9 million worth of medicines last year, mainly Read the rest of this entry »

National Institutes of Health Awards SAIC $61 Million Contract to

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MediaCorp DJ joins Operation Smile mission to Cambodia

By Lynette Koh,
SINGAPORE: FOR the first nine years of his life, the people in Thanh’s village called him “Sut” — which means “split lip” in Vietnamese — as a result of his cleft lip. On his first day of school, he was teased so badly by the other children that he refused to go back.
All this changed, however, after he received cleft lip surgery from medical specialists during an Operation Smile mission trip to the southern Vietnamese city of Read the rest of this entry »

Hjorth, Redman lead Longs Drugs Challenge

Hjorth, Redman lead Longs Drugs Challenge
DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly five months pregnant, Sweden’s Maria Hjorth shot a 6-under 66s on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Michele Redman in the LPGA Tour’s Longs Drugs Challenge.
“It affects me a little bit,” said Hjorth, ranked 12th in the world.
“Sometimes my body gets a little bit slow and my hands get quicker than my body. Today, a few shots I pulled them a little Read the rest of this entry »