Derived from a herb used to treat fevers some 1,700 years ago, the anti-malaria drug artemisinin is one of many treatments plucked from the treasure chest of ancient Chinese medicine and repackaged for a modern age.
Tu Youyou, the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel prize for medicine, said Tuesday she was "not really surprised" to be recognized after a remarkable career which saw her team test a breakthrough malaria drug on themselves during the chaos of the Cultural Revolution.
Novartis plans to sell medications for heart disease, diabetes and other non-infectious diseases for just US$1 per month's supply in poor countries.
The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp has been granted fast-track status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which could speed its arrival on the market, the drugmaker said Thursday.
A cancer-killing therapy that engineers a patient's own immune cells to wipe out chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has shown long-term success in a handful of people, a study said Wednesday.
A small drugmaker in the U.S. may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire.
The maker of a prescription fish-oil pill won an early victory Friday against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its right to publicize unapproved uses of its drug.
A new drug compound could lead to a breakthrough in the fight against bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the incurable brain-wasting disease also known as mad cow disease, researchers said Wednesday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has approved the first drug made with a 3D printer -- pills for treating epilepsy.
A dengue vaccine candidate by French drugmaker Sanofi protects more than three quarters of participants, an analysis found Monday.