Honduran president says US drug probe threatens cooperation

US prosecutors say Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez accepted a bribe from Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez warned that allegations by United States prosecutors of his involvement with organised crime could affect cooperation with Washington in fighting drug trafficking. US prosecutors, in a federal court filing in New York on […]

US detains wife of Mexican drug cartel chief El Chapo

The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the imprisoned former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, has been arrested over her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the US Department of Justice said. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, who regularly attended her husband’s trial two years ago, was arrested on Monday at Dulles International Airport in […]

Eswatini king recovers from COVID, thanks Taiwan for sending drug

King Mswati III says Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen sent antiviral medication, which he did not name, to help him recover. The king of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has said he recovered from COVID-19 and thanked Taiwan’s president for sending antiviral medication to help him. The small southern African country, an absolute monarchy, is Taiwan’s […]

Eli Lilly’s COVID antibody drug combination gets US nod

Eli Lilly & Co.’s combination antibody drug for Covid-19 was cleared for emergency use by U.S. regulators, providing doctors with a treatment option that is expected to be better able to combat new coronavirus mutations. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the treatment for use in Covid-positive adults and children 12 and older who are […]

Oxford University to test potential COVID-19 ‘wonder drug’ Ivermectin

LONDON: The UK’s medicine regulator has discussed with vaccine manufacturers the need for “potential modifications” to vaccines to ensure they protect against the new coronavirus variants emerging around the world. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that “there was no evidence that vaccines failed to work against new variants,” but that it […]

Philippine Drug Raid Leaves 13 Dead

MANILA — Security forces killed 12 people during a drug raid in the southern Philippines on Saturday, officials said. It was the bloodiest episode in years in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on narcotics. A police officer was also killed in the gun battle, which took place in Sultan Kudarat, a small town in the province […]

Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes, Maker Claims

An unusual experiment to prevent nursing home staff members and residents from infection with the coronavirus has succeeded, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Thursday. A drug containing monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-grown virus-fighters — prevented symptomatic infections in residents who were exposed to the virus, even the frail older people who are most vulnerable, […]

Mexico says US ‘fabricated’ drug charges on former defense minister, releases evidence

article author:  AP Author:  AP ID:  1610761698641233100 Sat, 2021-01-16 04:32 MEXICO CITY: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the US Drug Enforcement Administration had “fabricated” drug trafficking accusations against his country’s former defense minister and then his government published what he said was the entire case file provided by US authorities when […]

Arthritis drug reduces risk of COVID-19 death: UK study

Drug, which will be added to UK treatment guidelines, offers hope at a time of growing concern country’s health system could be overwhelmed. An arthritis drug has been found to reduce the risk of death for people with the most severe cases of COVID-19 by a quarter, if they are given the treatment within 24 […]

The E.U. drug regulator approves the Moderna vaccine.

The European Union drug regulator approved the Moderna coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday after moving up a decision that had been scheduled for later in January. The regulator, the European Medicines Agency, approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in late December after coming under criticism for being too slow, as Britain and the United States began rolling out […]

UK scientists trialing drug to prevent infection that leads to COVID-19

ROME: A source in the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian finance police, in Salerno has told Arab News that 15 tons of Captagon amphetamine seized in July in Naples “came from Syria and could be linked to Lebanese group Hezbollah, even though we are still investigating the case.” On July 1, the Guardia di Finanza […]

ICC prosecutor sees ‘reasonable basis’ for crimes against humanity in Philippine drug war

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1608021941707106100 Tue, 2020-12-15 08:40 MANILA: The office of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor said there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity were committed during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Since taking office in 2016, Duterte launched a bloody anti-narcotics crackdown in which […]

Covid Study Shows an Arthritis Drug May Help Patients Recover

Adding an arthritis drug called baricitinib to Covid treatment regimens that include the antiviral drug remdesivir might shave a day or more off recovery times, especially for those who are seriously sick, according to a study published on Friday. The findings of a government-sponsored clinical trial were made public more than three weeks after the […]

Doctors Are Skeptical of Pricey Drug Given Emergency Approval for Covid

In mid-November, an arthritis drug with a tricky name hit a pandemic milestone — then slipped back into relative obscurity. The drug, baricitinib, was granted an emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a subset of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in combination with another medication, the antiviral remdesivir. It is one of only […]

Canada enacts new regulations before US drug import rule

New Trump administration rule allowing US pharmacists and wholesalers to import prescription drugs in bulk from Canada comes into effect Monday. The Canadian government has announced new measures it said are designed to prevent drug shortages, only days before a new Trump administration rule would allow pharmacists and wholesalers in the United States to import […]