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Further six officials fired from China FDA

A further six senior officials from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have been fired in relation to the Changsheng Biotechnology vaccine scandal. In a post on the State Administration for Market Regulation website it was noted that senior official Ding Jinhua who headed two departments at the CFDA […]

Prozac prevents cognitive decline during normal aging process, study shows

Image Credit: ZEISS Microscopy A study conducted by MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory has reinforced the notion that loss in the capacity for plasticity rather than loss of cells may be the root cause fo cognitive decline throughout the normal aging process. However scientists who published their […]

Thyroid medication recalled after Chinese supplier fails inspection

The Mississippi based manufacturer Westminster Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling thyroid medications Levothyroxine and Liothyronine after the Chinese company Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co failed an FDA inspection. Sichuan Pharmaceutical who supplied Westminster with an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) used in the production of certain thyroid medications were found to have deficiencies […]

Genentech to axe 223 staff from San Francisco HQ

Roche subsidiary Genentech has announced plans to axe 223 employees from its headquarters in San Francisco, California, beginning on 31 August and running on into November. The company’s decision was confirmed in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letter posted by the State of California’s Employment Development Department. “We […]

GSK announces closure of Sligo, Ireland facilties

Image Credit: Tony Webster British multinational GlaxoSmithKline has announced the closure of its manufacturing facilities in Sligo, Ireland. The company is set to wind down production at its subsidiary, Stiefel Laboratories’ facilities over the next three years, with the final closure scheduled for 2021. The closure is set to precipitate […]

Ibalisumab effective in in treating multidrug resistant HIV

Image Credit: NIAID The monoclonal antibody Ibalizumab has shown significant antiviral activity against multidrug resistant HIV infections, according to the results of a phase III clinical trial. In a study of 40 patients with multidrug resistant HIV-1 infections in whom multiple antiretroviral therapies had failed, 83% experienced a decrease […]