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The Taliban Vows To End Illegal Drug Production In Afghanistan

According to press reports, poppy growth in Afghanistan has declined by 95% since the Taliban banned the crop in April 2022. The ban has caused a drastic reduction in opium production, which is the main ingredient for heroin and other illicit drugs. The UN report published on Sunday, November 5, 2023, stated that poppy cultivation has collapsed from 233,000 hectares […]


Jamaica Makes List As Major Drug Transit Point

Jamaica is listed among many countries by the United States as a major drug transit or major illicit drug-producing nation. The designation was made by U.S. President Joe Biden in the required report for Fiscal Year 2024. Some of the other countries include Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican […]


10 Drugs Set For Price Negotiations

The Biden administration has announced the first 10 drugs that will be subject to Medicare price negotiations, a new policy that aims to lower the costs of prescription drugs for millions of Americans. The 10 drugs are: •  Eliquis: A blood thinner that prevents blood clots and strokes. It is one of the most expensive drugs in Medicare, costing about $10 […]


Taliban Chief Says ‘Reforms’ End Afghan Poppy Cultivation

ISLAMABAD — The supreme leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban declared Sunday that their campaign against illicit drug production in the country had eradicated the cultivation of opium poppies, which are used to make morphine or heroin. Hibatullah Akhundzada’s declaration follows recent media reports and satellite images backed by the United Nations and the United States, concluding that annual poppy cultivation has “significantly” […]


Diabetes Drug Gets Recall For Contaminant

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a widely used diabetes drug metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets have been recalled from the market. This move follows the manufacturer’s discovery of unacceptably elevated levels of a cancer-causing contaminant. Consequently, Indian pharmaceutical company Marksans Pharma has recalled the selling of the product. Metformin tablets are used to treat type 2 diabetes and […]


Jamaica Says No To Antimalarial Drug To Treat COVID-19

Jamaica will not be using the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat persons who have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19), says Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie. She said that the decision was taken by the Ministry, following a recommendation from a committee of experts from across the island who are responsible for reviewing the […]

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Pfizer Set To Raise Drug Prices

Pfizer is set to raise prices on 41 drugs in January, a few months after the company agreed to delay the increase under the influence of President Donald Trump. The manufacturer in a recent announcement declared that it would raise the list price of all but four of the drugs by 5%, effective January 15. Three drugs will increase by […]


Multistate Outbreak Of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections

According to cdc.gov, public health and regulatory officials in several states as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections. The agency reported that as of June 14, 2018, 73 people have been infected with the strain of Salmonella Mbandaka from across 31 states. It noted that the illnesses started from March 3, 2018, to May 28, 2018, […]


FDA: Approves New Drug To Treat Schizophrenia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the Tokoyo-based manufacturer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. the go ahead to market its product Rexulti (brexpiprazole). The Rexulti tablets produced by the company are used to treat adults with schizophrenia and as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant medication to treat adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). Schizophrenia is said by the […]


FDA Approves New Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

According to a press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved the drug Orkambi for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF). Orkambi is made by the Boston based manufacturing company, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. The drug is directed at treating the cause of the CF in people who have two copies of a specific mutation (one inherited […]