Lipitor

Statistics showing the number of prescriptions filled in 2011 are astronomically high. See what prescriptions are topping the list.

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A battle over availability of cheap drugs is being played out in courts. [Image Credit: wikipedia drugs]

Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla wins the right to manufacture a cheaper variant of the lung cancer drug ‘Tarceva’ which Swiss firm Roche had contested violated patent laws.

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NuShape

A new weight management supplement has been developed based on research done at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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pluristem

Pluristem Therapeutics’ patented PLX stem cells have saved yet another life of a person with bone marrow failure.

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fda

The FDA announced it has given its approval for Zaltrap (ziv-aflibercept) for use in combination with a FOLFIRI (folinic acid, fluorouracil and irinotecan) chemotherapy regimen to treat adults with colorectal cancer.

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capsules

A UK study has shown that the use of a “polypill”, filled with 4 different medicines, has the potential to save thousands of lives

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fda

The FDA announced its approval for a new anti-obesity drug.

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Credit: Armbrust Lab (http://armbrustlab.ocean.washington.edu/)

Researchers have sequenced a child’s DNA from a sample of mother’s blood. This instance of non-invasive DNA testing is a major breakthrough because it doesn’t need either fetal samples or the father’s DNA.

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Mayo Clinic

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have linked severe gastrointestinal issues to a commonly prescribed blood pressure drug called Olmesartan, brand name Benicar.

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