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UK politician pledge would ban 89% of animal research, say scientists

British MPs have signed an anti-animal cruelty pledge which scientists warn would “cripple” disease research and outlaw 89% of preclinical animal research.

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EMA: TTIP and inspection databases a way of improving global manufacturing standards

Ensuring drugs, APIs and excipients are safe will be a focus for the EMA, which says it will explore supplier inspection databases and using trade deals like TTIP to promote GMP standards globally.

Columbia Labs adds intra-vaginal ring tech and drug delivery pioneers

Columbia Laboratories has licensed a technology for delivering peptides using an intra-vaginal ring developed by MIT scientist Robert Langer.

Lilly says Indy Religious Freedom law is discriminatory and may hamper cancer and AD drug development

Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law is discriminatory and will make it harder to attract the staff needed to develop drugs for cancer and Alzheimer's disease according to Eli Lilly.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Science advisor to David Cameron joins Immunocore board

Plus senior changes at NICE, Teva, and more in this week's People on the Move.

No more waiting for the Sun: FTC approves $4bn Ranbaxy acquisition

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has completed its $4bn (€3.7bn) acquisition of Ranbaxy after receiving the thumbs up from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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Distributing donated drugs a major challenge says UK neglected diseases group

Distributing donated drugs a major challenge says UK neglected diseases group

More drugs for tropical diseases have been donated since the London declaration of 2012, but getting them...

Novasep to make API for Celladon's heart attack gene therapy
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Novasep joins Lonza as Mydicar API producer in deal with Celladon

Novasep and Lonza will both make the API for Celladon's heart attack therapy, Mydicar.

Lethal injection drug shortage brings return of firing squad in Utah

Lethal injection drug shortage brings return of firing squad in Utah

Utah will allow execution by firing squad as European pharmaceutical companies refuse to provide drugs for lethal...

Growing elderly population to drive drug excipients sector, study

Growth with aid of Grey: Elderly folks to drive excipients sector, study

Demand for pensioner friendly pills will be an important growth driver for the drug excipients sector according...

WHO calls for proactive strategies to combat falsified, substandard medicines

WHO calls for proactive strategies to combat falsified, substandard medicines

The WHO’s latest report on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products has the organization divvying up certain responsibilities for...

US diabetics pay most for drugs, but world’s poorest bear the biggest economic burden

US diabetics pay most for drugs, but world’s poorest bear the biggest economic burden

Further evidence US diabetics pay more for drugs than sufferers in comparable countries has emerged this month...