Tag: Drugs


Singapore Executed A Woman For The First Time In 19 Years

Singapore recently executed a woman for the first time in 19 years for drug trafficking. The woman, Saridewi Djamani, was a 45-year-old Singaporean national, who was convicted of possessing 31 grams of heroin in 2018. She was hanged at Changi Prison in the early morning, according to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). She was the first woman to be executed […]


Pfizer Gives Low-Income Countries A Pass On Patents

U.S. drugs giant Pfizer says it will no longer make a profit from selling its patented medicines to 45 of the world’s low-income countries. Pfizer said the plan includes 23 patented medicines and vaccines which treat infectious and rare inflammatory diseases and certain cancers. It said new medicines and vaccines will also be sold at cost. The firm has previously […]


New Alzheimer’s Drug Approved By FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the first new medication for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly twenty years. There is controversy surrounding the decision made by the FDA. Some Alzheimer’s experts have argued that there was not enough evidence to indicate that the drug can help patients. The drug aducanumab targets the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, […]


Jamaica A Major Marijuana And Cocaine Transit Point

According to the U.S. Department of State, Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean source country of marijuana and a significant transit point for cocaine trafficked from South America to North America and other international markets. The report noted that traffickers export Jamaican-grown marijuana to other Caribbean countries in return for illicit firearms and other contraband. It also noted that “Jamaica’s geographic […]


Sex And Use Of Drugs Among U.S. High School Students Show Decreasing Trends

According to cdc.gov, the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) paints a promising picture about the drug and sexual behaviors U.S. high school students report. However, the agency noted that the findings also leave cause for concern – especially among groups of young people who report multiple health risks. “The health of our youth reflects the Nation’s wellbeing,” said […]


Jamaica Gets First Certified Pharmaceutical Laboratory

According to a press release from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), the Caribbean Public Health Agency-Drug Testing Laboratory in Jamaica (CARPHA-DTL) has been certified by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), as the first pharmaceutical laboratory in the island. Accreditation of CARPHA for laboratory testing and calibration techniques follows the ISO 17025 standard and marks a significant endorsement of […]


FDA Says Yes To New Treatment For Chronic Hepatitis C Genotype 3 Infections

Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Pharmaceutical Company based in Princeton, New Jersey, has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the new product Daklinza (daclatasvir) with the use of sofosbuvir to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 infections. According to the FDA, Daklinza is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat genotype 3 […]


60 Minutes Shines Light On Price Gouging By Big Pharmaceutical Drugs Company

In a riveting and heartrending interview among medical practitioners, CBS’s 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl pulls the plugs on big drug companies and the astronomical price they imposed on cancer patients through medical doctors. The fact is one would be hard pressed to find families without a member who at one time or another has not suffered or died from […]