A study done by the Coalition for Healthy India (CHI), an initiative of the US India Business Council (USIBC), brings the subject of pharmaceutical innovation and drug patents into public discourse.

Malaria may have jumped to humans from chimpanzees much as AIDS did, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a study they hope could help in developing a vaccine against the infection.

Federal regulators on Friday approved a potential blockbuster diabetes drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca.

The Food and Drug Administration said it approved the drug Onglyza to reduce blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, which affects 24 million people in the United States.

As the nation girds for a possible swine flu pandemic, one of the big weapons may come from an unexpected source

A private pharmaceutical firm in Bangladesh was ordered to be sealed after 24 children died on consuming paracetamol suspension, an official said.

The drug administration ordered the firm to suspend manufacturing and marketing of their products including vitamin and paracetamol suspension, New Age said Thursday.

The government ordered a seven-member committee to probe the cause of deaths.

The United States will donate 420,000 packets of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to the Pan-American Health Organization to help fight the swine flu pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, federal health officials said Thursday. Argentina, Brazil, Chile and other countries are experiencing rapid increases in serious cases and deaths as the winter flu season sets in.

A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.

With 12 out of about 130 drug samples in 2007-08 failing laboratory tests, the quality of drugs for humans and livestock animals supplied in Bhutan is under a cloud of questions.


Companies are starting preliminary work on a vaccine for the H1N1 flu, or swine flu, and should begin clinical trials soon, but the new vaccine will not be ready for widespread use until October, United States health officials said. Dr.

Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need to promote respiratory hygiene among the people in the country in order to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Although no cases of swine flu have been found in the country, increased international travel and high density of population pose potential risk of swine flu, they said.