Pharmaceutical Industry

It's Time To Address The Future Of Community Pharmacies

Shamir Patel | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK
Shamir Patel

Among all the cost-cutting in the NHS it's vital that we safeguard the futures of community pharmacies and the pharmacists who carry out such important work.

A Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment That Alters Our Genes Has Been Approved In The USA

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Tech

A groundbreaking new treatment that actually alters the immune system of someone with cancer has been given FDA approval in the US. Known as gene ther...

Why Education Is Key When It Comes To Medicine

Shamir Patel | Posted 28.08.2017 | UK
Shamir Patel

It's been a long-fought battle in the pharmaceutical industry. And now, consumer watchdog Which? has uncovered how some drugs firms are selling pain pills for 10 times the price of generic alternatives. It has never been a secret: it's just a matter of education.

Why I'm Fighting The Ultimate 'Sexist Surcharge'

Shamir Patel | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shamir Patel

Imagine the scenario: It's late at night and your partner wakes feeling desperately poorly with a headache. You run downstairs, check the cupboard, and realise that you're out of painkillers. Determined to help ease their suffering, you drive to the nearest shop, reach for the ibuprofen and take it to the till.

The European Medicines Agency Is Moving On, And Theresa May Wants To Turn Her Back On Europe - But Science Can't Afford To Be Left Out

Daniel Zeichner | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Zeichner

The UK science and research eco-system is very successful, but also complicated and fragile, and UK future success cannot be taken for granted - losing the EMA is just the first in a series of major challenges ahead.

Cancer And The Snake Oil Industry

Lawrence Saez | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Saez

Vitamin B17, frankincense, apricot seeds, blue scorpion tail extract, moringa, turmeric, essiac tea. These are among the hundreds of alleged cancer killing cures that will be unfamiliar to most people, but not for those of us who are cancer patients.

Terminal Cancer Patients Go Into Complete Remission After Groundbreaking Gene Therapy

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Tech

A groundbreaking gene therapy treatment that alters a patient’s own blood cells into targeting cancer cells has seen some remarkable results. Of tho...

Brexit Could Put The UK 'Second Rank' For Access To New Medicines

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics

Patients could face a delay of up to a year for new medicines as a result of Brexit, the Heath Secretary told MPs on Tuesday. Jeremy Hunt said Britain...

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Hunt Backs Move To Increase Waiting Times For Routine New Medicines

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics

Cancer sufferers could be among thousands of patients forced to wait longer for new medicines, Huff Post UK has learned. The Heath Secretary Jeremy Hu...

Pharmas Must Play Fair: Government Must Play Fast

Clare Pelham | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Clare Pelham

When it comes to delivering healthcare in a timely and costly manner, we cannot wait a decade to get our act together. We are on the cusp of a new era in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions.

Fix The Problems: Written Medicine's Research Paradox Two

Murtada Alsaif | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Murtada Alsaif

Our solution to this problem was to increase the number of languages and the number of pharmacies enrolled so that each pharmacy can give us fewer surveys and we can still hit data collection targets.

NHS Can't Afford Half of New Cancer Drugs

John Piears | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
John Piears

A cancer diagnosis is one of those moments in life when everything changes in an instant. Your whole world collapses around you. You are no longer the master of your own destiny. Instead your future rests in the hands of a bunch of medical experts, armed with an array of treatments designed to kill your cancer without killing too much of you at the same time.

Cancer Drugs Fund Was Short-Sighted

John Piears | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK
John Piears

The Cancer Drugs Fund was put forward by David Cameron during the 2010 General Election campaign - a tempting olive branch for many cancer patients d...

Cancer Widower Tells World Leaders to 'Get Your Act Together'

John Piears | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
John Piears

This is an open letter from me to World Leaders about cancer. If we truly want to beat cancer sooner, we need to cooperate across the world to use our money, knowledge and skills more wisely - for public benefit, not for profit.

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

Big Pharma Fined £25bn - Profits Soar, Prices Soar!

John Piears | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
John Piears

A shocking new study has revealed that the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have been fined in excess of USD$35.7 (£25bn) over the last 25 y...

The Great Statin Con?

Dr Aseem Malhotra | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Dr Aseem Malhotra

It is these industry sponsored studies that have resulted in the prescription of statins to tens of millions of healthy people worldwide driving a multi-billion dollar industry... It's instructive to note that the drug company, Pfizer's own patient leaflet states "common side-effects that may affect up to one in 10 patients include sore throat, nausea, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain."

£99 Cancer Drug Being Sold For £83,000

John Piears | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
John Piears

When we look back at this time in history, we will not be proud that we made record profits from cancer drugs while one person died of cancer every four seconds, but we can all play a part in changing this for future generations. Public pressure played a huge part in broadening access to AIDS/HIV drugs in the 1990's - the same can happen for cancer if enough of us speak up to let those in power know this is an issue we care about.

Cancer Widower Launches Campaign: Dying for a Cure

John Piears | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
John Piears

The current system for developing cancer drugs depends mostly on private investment from pharmaceutical companies and, as investors demand good returns on their investment, it's no surprise that what we've ended up with is very profitable drugs rather than very effective ones.

Cancer Widower's Letter to MP about Cancer's Tug of War

John Piears | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
John Piears

The 4th February 2016 was World Cancer Day - a day to reflect on how cancer impacts our lives. I'm sure that many of us, including me, will be thinking about loved ones we've lost or who are living with cancer right now, but it's also a time to think about what we could do to bring forward the day when we no longer live in fear of cancer.

Hedge Funder Makes U-Turn On Massive HIV Drug Price Hike

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK

International outrage over a 5,500% price hike for a life-saving drug used by AIDs and cancer sufferers has prompted the chief executive of a pharmace...

That Insane Aids Drug Price Hike Could Have Profound Implications For The TTIP Deal

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A leading NHS doctor has spoken out against the former hedge fund manager at the heart of the scandal around a 4,000% increase in the price of a life ...

Depression Is Embarrassing

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

We've come a long way in recent times in our ability to talk about mental health. Increasingly people are able to admit when they're struggling, to realise that they need help, and we're slowly, albeit too slowly for my liking, chipping away at the stigma that surrounds mental illness. But then something like this pops up.

Britain Begins Ebola Vaccine Tests As West Africa Braces For Even More Deaths

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Britain's largest drug company is to begin trails of an experimental Ebola vaccine, as a top public health official warned the crisis in west Africa i...

Is Our Failure to Invest in an Ebola Cure 'Morally Bankrupt' or Financially Prudent?

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Natalie Nezhati

It could be said that the investment of resources into a cure that could carry a price-tag of £1m plus per person to turn a profit is, in purely financial terms, a ridiculous thing to do. With many pharmaceutical companies linking their moral accountability solely with their shareholders, for those who contract unprofitable, neglected diseases it's often a case of "bad luck" and in many cases "goodbye".