Archive for December, 2003

Drug companies make patent concessions

Drug companies make patent concessions AIDS activists hailed a breakthrough agreement with two of the largest drug companies in South Africa Wednesday, saying it will help more poor people get vital medicines. They cited the Canadian government’s decision to override patent law for essential drugs for Africa as one key factor in persuading the pharmaceutical […]


Dutch Official Calls on Europe to Open Markets to Biotech Foods

Dutch Official Calls on Europe to Open Markets to Biotech Foods Europe should no longer exclude genetically modified agricultural products from the U.S., in the view of Economic Affairs Minister Laurens-Jan Brinkhorst. ‘The U.S. rightly complains about trade barriers,’ he said yesterday in The Hague during a University of Leiden meeting.


FDA, Industry Collaborate On Genomics Guide

FDA, Industry Collaborate On Genomics Guide Last month, the FDA issued its long-awaited draft guidelines for pharmacogenomic data submission. Companies large and small have been anxious to get their hands on these guidelines, for they are a critical starting point in the agency’s efforts to come up with the most appropriate requirements for pharmacogenomic data […]


Food Biotech Is Risky Business

Food Biotech Is Risky Business The genetically modified food industry has battled opposition from consumer and environmental groups to get its food on the table. Its lobbyists have cajoled skeptical politicians; its scientists have produced studies contradicting other studies suggesting the food is somehow tainted. Now the industry faces another hurdle with long-range, dire consequences: […]