Tag Archives: Prescription Drugs

House passes FDA bill increasing overseas inspections (CBS News)

May 30, 2012

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON – In a move of bipartisanship, the House has passed a bill that would increase inspections of drug manufacturing facilities overseas, while also accelerating approval of new drugs at home. Under the House bill, passed 387-5 late Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration would have more flexibility to inspect manufacturing sites in China, […]

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Relief as US Senate passes drug user fee bill (PharmaTimes)

May 28, 2012

By Lynne Taylor Industry and consumer groups have welcomed the US Senate’s near-unanimous approval of legislation to reauthorise Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements, and the House is expected to vote on a similar bill as early as this week. The FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill (S 3187) is the “backbone” of  the […]

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A breakthrough opportunity for global health (Business Day)

May 21, 2012

By Joseph E. Stiglitz Every year, millions of people die from preventable and treatable diseases, especially in poor countries. In many cases, lifesaving medicines can be cheaply mass-produced, but are sold at prices that block access to those who need them. And many die simply because there are no cures or vaccines, because so little […]

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US Senate call to scrap drug patents (PharmaTimes)

By Lynne Taylor A leading US Senator has called for drug patent “monopolies” to be abolished and replaced by an annual prize fund to reward the discovery of new treatments which would then, because of the power of competitive markets, become available at the lowest possible price. “The US has – by far – the […]

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A Breakthrough Opportunity for Global Health (Project Syndicate)

May 18, 2012

By Joseph E. Stiglitz NEW YORK – Every year, millions of people die from preventable and treatable diseases, especially in poor countries. In many cases, lifesaving medicines can be cheaply mass-produced, but are sold at prices that block access to those who need them. And many die simply because there are no cures or vaccines, […]

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