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Wellness 19 Jun 2019 | 6:00 AM

Should drug prices be regulated or decided by competition?

There is a huge debate over whether drug prices in Malaysia should be regulated by the government in order to improve accessibility and affordability for patients.

Business 07 Jun 2019 | 12:00 AM

Insys agrees to pay US$225mil to settle US opioid-sales probes

NEW YORK: Insys Therapeutics Inc, grappling with the prospect of bankruptcy after its founder was convicted on racketeering charges, agreed to pay US$225mil to settle US claims that the drug maker illegally sold opioid-based painkillers.

Nation 19 May 2019 | 12:00 AM

Pricey problems with medicine

A global ‘war’ on exorbitant drug prices looks set to be sparked at a meeting in Geneva tomorrow.

Nation 15 Apr 2019 | 12:00 AM

Drastic cancer drug price drop to benefit patients

KUALA LUMPUR: The price of the costly trastuzumab, a breast cancer drug for HER2-positive patients has dropped by more than half in the tender to the Health Ministry, resulting in more patients expected to be treated in the ministry hospitals.

World 09 Mar 2019 | 5:19 AM

Prison authorities say they are investigating 'pharma bro' Shkreli

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said on Friday it was investigating former drug company executive Martin Shkreli's conduct in prison after the Wall Street Journal reported he was still helping run his old company using a contraband cellphone.

World 08 Mar 2019 | 3:41 PM

Dutch join backlash at expensive drugs by making their own

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - In a radiation-proof room at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Emar Thomasa sits behind shielded glass as he carefully measures and mixes lutetium octreotate, an intravenous treatment for certain types of cancer.

Nation 27 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ban also meant to check teenage smoking activities

IPOH: There is a worrying trend of smoking among teenagers, and the smoking ban at all eateries starting from next month is one way to control the scourge, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Nation 26 Dec 2018 | 4:30 AM

Legalise medical marijuana? Only if proven safe and effective

IPOH: The Health Ministry will only consider registering marijuana for medical use when there is evidence to show that it's effective and safe to use, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Nation 16 Nov 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ministry to help local drug firms

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has promised to look into the obstacles that are stacked against local generic drug and biosimilar producers.

Nation 11 Nov 2018 | 12:00 AM

A strong IP regime is critical for Malaysia

PHARMACEUTICAL companies have been accused of making slight modifications to their drugs to extend a patent life span.