‘Guided missile’ drug could revolutionise cancer treatment

Seek-and-destroy ‘guided missile’ drug that hunts down and wipes out malignant cells while leaving healthy ones unharmed could revolutionise cancer treatment A drug that works like a guided missile could transform cancer treatment  The drug is injected into the bloodstream and homes in on malignant cells  NHS scientists trialling the…

New research could lead to TB drug breakthrough

Researchers have made a breakthrough that could eventually lead to a more effective treatment for tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. A team of scientists, including Professor Colin Jackson from The Australian National University (ANU), has solved the…

Drug shortages: Limited warnings, followed by rationing and hoarding

Despite ongoing efforts to develop efficient, practical and ethical allocation systems for medication shortages, a national survey found that 81 percent of hospital pharmacy managers had experienced medication hoarding. All of the pharmacy managers reported drug shortages in the previous year. More than two-thirds reported “more than 50 shortages.” In…

Targeted lymphoma drug gets green light for NHS in England

People with a certain type of lymphoma will now have access to a targeted cancer drug on the NHS in England. Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) was approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for some patients with a type of skin lymphoma, called CD30-positive cutaneous T-cell lymphomas…

Pregnant pause: Is that drug safe for baby?

Most first-time mothers have a lot of questions about their pregnancies. When it comes to things like diet and exercise, the answers are straightforward. But when it comes to questions about whether it’s okay to keep taking a medication they’ve been on, that’s when Dr. Sherif Eltonsy says responses can…