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China's Gastric Cancer Drug Market To Nearly Triple By 2012

Decision Resources forecasts that the Chinese gastric cancer drug market will nearly triple between 2007 and 2012. According to the new Emerging Markets report entitled Gastric Cancer in China, this growth will be fueled by increased access to health insurance and greater patient spending power, leading to increased usage of targeted therapies.

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TV Drug Ads Should Include Information On Side Effects

One in six Americans who have ever taken a prescription drug experienced a side effect serious enough to send them to the doctor or hospital, but the majority of consumers don't know they can report these side effects to the FDA, which is responsible for tracking drug safety problems.

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Independent Pharmacies Protecting You, Your Medications

With a renewed national spotlight on prescription drug abuse, especially among teenagers, it is important to note as well the often over-looked issue of crimes against pharmacies. Despite the fact that robbing a pharmacy to obtain powerful pain killers and other controlled substances is a federal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison, there are indications that all types of crimes in our nation's community pharmacies -- robberies, burglaries, fraud and other types of diversion -- are on the rise.

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PBM Tools Slowing Cost Of Prescription Drug Benefits

A new survey of employers that finds the utilization of pharmacy benefit management tools has helped to slow the cost of prescription drug benefits highlights the value of proven pharmacy benefit manager tools in increasing savings and access for payors and consumers.

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Stem Cell Technology Offers Promise Of Huge Savings For Drug Developers

More than 90% of drugs entering clinical development fail to get to market, due to the lack of effectiveness or adverse side effects not detected in animal tests. These false positives could be avoided with pre-clinical tests using stem cell technologies, potentially saving drug developers millions, according to Kalorama Information's new report Stem Cells: Worldwide Markets for Transplantation, Cord Blood Banking and Drug Development

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Sagent Launches Ciprofloxacin Injection, USP, Dextrose Premix Bag

Sagent Pharmaceuticals has launched ciprofloxacin injection, USP, 5% dextrose premix bag, a synthetic broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for intravenous administration used to treat bacterial infections.

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Data Suggests Efficacy Of Advair, Serevent Is Not Impacted By Genetic Profile

Genetic differences at the site of the beta-2 adrenergic receptor gene in asthma patients did not lead to different responses to Advair Diskus or Serevent Diskus.

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Bayer's Trasylol Killed 22,000 People and FDA could Have Prevented It

Approximately 22,000 lives could have been saved had the drug Trasylol been removed from the market. Trasylol was finally taken off the market in November of 2007. The drug, which is used to decrease bleeding during open heart surgery but caused kidney failure which lead to the need for dialysis and an increased change of death for the patients.

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