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June, 30, 2016

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday rejected a French request to tighten prescription guidelines on types of birth-control pills linked with a relatively higher risk of blood clots.
ScinoPharm Taiwan (台灣神隆) on Monday announced its new active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for treating epilepsy has been ratified and launched by Supernus Pharmaceuticals in the U.S. market last week.
Taiwan's biotechnology sector yesterday saw a rapid decline, with the industry index losing 2.7 percent on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), and down 3.3 percent on the over-the-counter-GreTai Securities Market. This was coupled with rocking reports concerning the beleaguered Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who may be deposed before he can carry out policy amendments designed to benefit the sector.
Herbal medicine ingredient linked to cancer
Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital yesterday published research showing that aristolochic acid is a carcinogen that can cause gene mutation.
The Department of Health recently approved a new targeted drug to treat patients suffering from late stage ALK-positive or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Bringing a new medicine to market in Africa requires 54 separate applications to each country on the continent, a time-intensive process that could be costing lives. African leaders are now trying to move toward a regional and eventually continent-wide approach to speed the process.
High doses of some commonly used pain drugs like ibuprofen can increase heart attacks, strokes and related deaths by about a third, a study warned on Thursday.
The devastating effect of Alzheimer's disease on bilingual people has been thrown into focus in Canada, where the sudden loss of a second language can leave sufferers feeling like strangers in their own country.
Pfizer Inc., in a first for the drug industry, told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website.
The Hope Foundation for Cancer Care (HOPE) on Friday invited Cary Adams, chief executive officer of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), to Taiwan to help alter people's common misbeliefs about cancer.
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