Three Japanese companies known more for their cameras than medical devices have been called on the U.S. FDA carpet to explain why their medical scopes may be associated with at least two "superbug" deaths.
If the records of distributors of health-care equipment in China were used as an indicator, Germany's Siemens made well in excess of $50 million more in sales in the country than the company's own records showed.
Phase II results of the first clinical trial of a tau aggregation inhibitor for Alzheimer's disease were published last month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, with Singapore-based TauRx Pharmaceuticals saying it was an important milestone as it moves to report top line results from a Phase III study in 2016.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center picked up the FDA's coveted breakthrough-therapy designation for a promising T cell therapy, working with partner Atara Biotherapeutics to get it on the market for patients with complications tied to bone marrow transplants.
Hong Kong health authorities now count at least 306 deaths from seasonal influenza this year, surpassing the 299 deaths attributed to the 2003 outbreak of SARS that echoed around the world, prompting a new vaccination push.
China's government issued new guidelines to centralize hospital procurements of all medicines by requiring them to obtain them only through provincial governments.
A Ranbaxy Laboratories effort to have two of its drugs returned to the U.S. FDA's marketing-approval list was quashed when a U.S. district judge dismissed the suit at the request of the agency.
A decision on whether to recommend approval of an additional indication for Bayer Yakuhin's anticoagulant Xarelto (rivaroxaban) has been put on hold by Japan's Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council.
China's Eddingpharm has been granted rights by Amarin to sell hypertriglyceridemia drug Vascepa icosapent ethyl in Greater China.
Actavis announced FDA approval of its drug delivering intrauterine device, Liletta, as a form of reversible contraception.