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Partial Government Shutdown Means New Drugs May Be Delayed

As the partial government shutdown of 2018 extends into 2019, the speed at which new drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may decrease. Starting on Wednesday, January 2, the FDA began to furlough 40 percent of its staff, according to a report by National Public Radio. The agency will continue to… Read More »

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Why so Many Cancer Drugs Are Made From Periwinkle

Many modern drugs are derived from purified and concentrated plant compounds (although compared to 20 years ago, few drug companies expend time and money looking at medicinal plant chemistry these days). Rosy periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), for example, a perennial plant native to Madagascar, is the basis for a number of commonly used cancer drugs that… Read More »

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Bluetooth-Powered Smart Electronic Pill Releases Drugs on Demand

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Researchers at MIT, Draper, an engineering firm, and Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed an electronic wireless device that can stay inside the gut for long periods of time while releasing drugs into the body and measuring various parameters. The device has Bluetooth connectivity built in, and it can share its… Read More »

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