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Barcoding raw materials used in drugs to become mandatory

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 3:32 PM

The Union health ministry will make it mandatory for all active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) packages to be barcoded to detect spurious drugs and monitor imported and indigenously produced raw materials used to manufacture medicines. APIs are critical components that make drug formulations potent against disease. There are about 2,500 APIs that are used to create hundreds of thousands of drug formulations.
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In "Breaking Bad-Style", Japanese Professor Made Students Produce Drug

Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:45 PM

A Japanese university professor could face up to 10 years in jail after allegedly getting his students to produce ecstasy, officials said Wednesday, in an echo of TV hit series "Breaking Bad". Authorities suspect the 61-year-old pharmacology professor from Matsuyama University in western Japan got his pupils to make MDMA commonly known as ecstasy in 2013 and another so-called "designer drug" 5F-QUPIC last year.
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Drug companies greet 2019 with US price hikes

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 7:36 AM

Drugmakers kicked-off 2019 with price increases in US on more than 250 prescription drugs, including world's top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than last-year. The industry has been under pressure by President Trump to hold their prices level as his administration works on plans aimed at lowering the costs of medications for consumers in world's most expensive pharmaceutical market.

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