Pharma & Life Sciences

From Addiction to Wonder Drug, Will Opioids Win this Battle?

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Pain treatment is a subject that has garnered ample attention from the medical fraternity since the days of recorded medical history. From the times of Sushruta till the era of IoT, treating pain in its various formats has kept researchers’ interest alive. Opium in its natural and synthetic forms has been used in the past to treat pain. Opiate, an […]

Is it a must-win for Biogen over Forward Pharma?

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Biogen has had a news-breaking start to the year, first with Michael Vounatsos taking over as the CEO of the company; and second, with Vounatsos announcing a payout of $1.25 billion to Forward Pharma to settle a patent licensing agreement. Vounatos has been quoted in the media as saying this will help strengthen Biogen’s intellectual property and protect its drug […]

Decoding India’s Section 3(d) Pharma Controversy

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India owns the third largest pharmaceutical industry in the world in terms of volume and is the 14th largest in terms of value. It has joined hands with those of China, Brazil, Russia and 13 other countries to create a pool of pharmerging countries. This pool is expected to contribute nearly 50% of the world’s annual pharmaceutical market growth. While India […]

Deuterated Drugs set to Explode in Patent Battles

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Circa 2015 created a flutter of excitement in the pharmaceutical world when scientists unearthed patents filed in the 1970s and found it supporting the claims of a modified drug manufactured in the USA. The SD-809 drug is a deuterated drug that is awaiting the FDA’s approval to get on shelves and help cure palsy in patients affected by Huntington’s chorea. […]

Zika: Another Epidemic That Could Have Been Avoided

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The Zika virus outbreak in South America has created a medical emergency around the continent and beyond. Genetically modified mosquitoes designed and developed in the laboratories to fight dengue are being held responsible for this epidemic. The pharmaceutical industry appears weapon-less to tackle this disease. Lack of vaccines and mechanisms to combat it appears to be the major concern. Drug […]