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14/06/2013
Wall Street Journal
By: Presswatch
Glaxo Investigates Allegations of Bribery in China
Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline is investigating allegations from an anonymous tipster that its sales staff in China was involved in widespread bribery of doctors to prescribe drugs, in some cases for unauthorised uses, between 2004 and 2010. The company, alongside other pharmaceutical makers, is also being investigated by U.S. authorities over whether it paid bribes to foreign government officials. Chief Executive Andrew Witty, who took the helm in 2008, has said making the company more transparent is a priority.
 
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14/06/2013
By: Presswatch
Scientists hail judgment ruling out patenting of natural human DNA
A US Supreme Court decision has issued a unanimous decision that patents cannot be awarded for natural human genes, invalidating patents owned by Myriad Genetics on two genes linked to a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. However, the court also ruled that synthetic genetic material could be subject to patent. Gareth Williams, partner at Marks & Clerk, in the UK, said yesterday that the decision would deter many firms from research, although Penny Gilbert, a partner at Powell-Gilbert, doubted that it would have "a major impact".
 
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14/06/2013
Financial Times
By: Presswatch
Royalty facing Elan bid setback
Royalty Pharma's hostile $6.7bn takeover for Dublin-based Elan received a sharp setback yesterday as polling of investors suggested a majority had voted in a way that undermined its bid.
 
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14/06/2013
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Test can detect cancer risk far earlier than the smear
A new check for cervical cancer is far more effective than the traditional smear test, say doctors. Unlike the current smear test, women would be able to carry out the procedure in their own homes, saving themselves the embarrassment of having it done at a surgery or hospital.
 
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14/06/2013
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
Wonder jab 'can cure blindness'
David Schaffer, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Berkeley, has led trials of a new treatment that he claims could cure blindness by injecting a virus to deliver sigh-trestoring genes to previously unreachable diseased cells.
 
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14/06/2013
Financial Times
By: Presswatch
War on antibiotic resistance
Science ministers of the G8 countries, meeting in London ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, have agreed to the development of new antibiotics, whilst sharing surveillance data on drug resistance.
 
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14/06/2013
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Britain ignored my warnings, says Indian whistleblower at heart of drugs scandal
The UK Medicines and Heath Products Regulatory Authority spurned offers of help from a whistleblower whose claims of malpractice at India's biggest supplier of cheap medicines led to one of the biggest fines in US medical history.
 
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14/06/2013
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Guardian reports that the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death has accused hospital staff of taking a dismissive attitude towards patients with alcohol-related liver disease. A quarter of patients were not seen by a gastroenterologist or hepatologist during their admission, whilst consultant hepatologists were only present in 28% of hospitals. The report concludes that this could end up costing people their lives.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warned last night that doctors who refuse to agree to publish data showing how their patients fared after treatment will be "named and shamed". His comments led to objections the Royal College of Surgeons who said that this risked "harming patient confidence" and "wrongly stigmatising individuals".

The Daily Telegraph reports that the neglect of the elderly in their own homes by care workers could become the next big health scandal, according to care minister Norman Lamb. The warning came after film from secret cameras showed carers treating an incontinent 83-year-old grandmother disrespectfully. Muriel Price received help in her own home after the death of her husband, Les, who had been her primary carer.

The Daily Mirror reports that heart specialist John Mulholland, 40, appeared in court yesterday accused of billing Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust more than £500,000 while he was doing private work instead.

The Daily Telegraph reports that an unnamed former NHS employee has been arrested in Derbyshire by police investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials under Operation Elveden.

The Daily Mirror reports that research by the General Medical Council has led to the conclusion that more than 2,700 junior doctors develop concerns about patient safety during their training.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Prof Nigel Sparrow, the CQC's national professional adviser for primary care, has stated that the new Ofsted-style ratings for doctors will include conclusions on the "care, compassion and values" being offered.

The Times reports that Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has called for ex-offenders to be employed in the National Health Service and other public sector organisations. The Justice Secretary said that he would consider employing an ex-offender in his office after being challenged by Break the Chain, a not-for-profit organisation that helps prisoners to find work.
 
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