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EU, UN, legislators strategise ways to tackle drugs related crime

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) appears to be a major beneficiary of a set of reforms identified by a team of legislators as well as officials of international agencies to address drugs related crime in Nigeria. At the close of a three-day session (Tuesday, July 11 to Thursday July 13, 2017) in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, ...

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WHO issues updates on antibiotics use, HIV, cancer drugs

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New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the “WHO Model list of essential medicines” for 2017, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Other additions, it says, include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and ...

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Kenya in landmark unveiling of child-friendly TB drugs

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The Kenya Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday the launch of appropriately dosed, child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines, making the country the first country in the world to roll out these products nationally. The improved medicines are easier for caregivers to give and for children to take, and are expected to help improve treatment and child survival from TB. “Kenya is ...

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Bayer acquires Monsanto for $66 billion

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German drugs and crop chemicals company Bayer has won over U.S. seeds firm Monsanto with an improved takeover offer of around $66 billion, ending months of wrangling after increasing its bid for a third time. The $128 a share deal, up from Bayer’s previous offer of $127.50 a share, is the biggest of the year so far and the largest ...

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UN demands empathetic approach to global drug problem

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Around five per cent of the adult population, or nearly 250 million people between the ages of 15 and 64, used at least one drug in 2014, according to the latest World Drug Report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Although substantial, this figure has not grown over the past four years in proportion to ...

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