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Codeine revealed as big killer in recent research

The Office for National Statistics has today revealed that the number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales is the highest since records began, with opiate-based prescription painkiller Codeine claiming 20% more lives this year compared to last
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The current and future challenges of personalised cancer therapy

Managing Director of The Cancer Drug Development Forum, Prof. H. Zwierzina reveals his opinions on the current and future challenges of personalised cancer therapy, including the need for biomarkers.
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Billions of criminal money laundered through cryptocurrencies

Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, estimates that about 3-4% of the £100bn in illegal proceeds in Europe are laundered through cryptocurrencies. Europol’s director Rob Wainwright has said that regulators...

The changing face of Heterocyclic Chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry

Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of York and Chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group, Peter O’Brien explores the role of heterocycles in the pharmaceutical industry In 2017, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group celebrated its 50th anniversary. It thus appears...
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Independent review ordered into immigration centre abuse

G4S has ordered an independent review into alleged immigration centre abuse as reports emerge of staff 'mocking and assaulting' detainees

Why does Heterocyclic Chemistry matter?

Professor Colin J Suckling of University of Strathclyde explores the reasons why Heterocyclic Chemistry matters in the world today
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NHS approves new ‘life extending’ lung cancer drug

After extended campaigns from charities and prominent figures, a lung cancer drug said to extend the life of sufferers has been made available on the NHS The nivolumab lung cancer drug is already available in Scotland for those with advanced lung cancer who are already undergoing chemotherapy. The immunotherapy treatment stimulates...

Illicit drugs know no borders, neither should policy making

Simone Korff de Gidts, The Netherlands Organisation for Health, Research and Development highlights the ERANID project for illicit drugs research

What is the European drug situation in 2017?

Jane Mounteney, Alexis Goosdeel and Paul Griffiths from the EMCDDA highlight key findings from the 2017 European Drug Report and new threats emerging.
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Wastewater reveals drug taking habits of European cities

Wastewater analysis from the SCORE group and the EU drugs agency highlights the drug taking habits of European cities’ inhabitants The latest findings from the Europe-wide SCORE group – the largest European project on wastewater analysis – have been published this week, in association with the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA)....

Drug discovery backwards?

There’s been a lot written about the slow-down in the marketing of new drugs in the last 20 years from the point of view of the international pharmaceutical industry establishment. But if you asked an Indian physician what is needed to discover a new drug he or she might...

Predicting drug responses

Luminex xTAG® CYP2D6 Kit v3 and xTAG® CYP2C19 Kit v3 assays may aid in determining therapeutic strategies for drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 gene products Physicians have long been aware of the subtle differences between patients and their responses to medications. The recognition that a part of this variation...
The role of chemistry in drug discovery and development

The role of chemistry in drug discovery and development

Sriram Radhakrishnan, Healthcare Analyst at Frost & Sullivan details the vital role chemistry plays in drug discovery and development Drug discovery and development is one of the most complex and expensive activities within the framework of the pharmaceutical industry. It encompasses a wide array of end-to-end activities with a plethora...

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