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Obama Stresses Treatment in New US Drug Policy

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration says its new policy to curb illicit drug use will focus more on prevention and treatment, and less on mass arrests and incarceration of drug offenders. The new strategy was announced Tuesday by Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Kerlikowske says the policy will […]

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Mexico Extradites Alleged Drug Kingpin to US

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico has extradited an alleged drug kingpin to the United States, where he is wanted for trafficking billions of dollars of cocaine. Mexican authorities said Wednesday that they turned over Jesus Zambada to U.S. authorities, who put him on a plane to New York. American officials allege Zambada and his powerful Sinaloa drug cartel are […]

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Fake Anti-Cancer Drug Avastin Found Again in US

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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For the second time in two months, a fake version of the widely used anti-cancer drug Avastin has been found in the United States. The U.S. government’s Food and Drug Administration warned doctors late Tuesday that the counterfeit Avastin does not contain the active ingredient used to treat colon, lung, kidney and brain cancers. British […]

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Pakistan Heart Drug Death Toll Reaches 100

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Pakistan say the the number of people who have died after taking tainted heart medication has reached 100. Health officials in Punjab province said Thursday that another 300 patients remain hospitalized in the city of Lahore. The state-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology provided the heart medication to people free of charge. Police have […]

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US Discovers Suspected Drug Smuggling Tunnel

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. authorities say they have discovered a drug tunnel between Mexico and California, the second such tunnel found in less than two weeks. A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday the tunnel opened into a California warehouse located in the same San Diego neighborhood as the previous find. The spokeswoman did not […]

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US Revokes Use of Breast Cancer Drug

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. has revoked use of one of the world’s best-selling cancer drugs as a treatment for advanced breast cancer. Government health officials said Friday there is no proof that the use of Avastin extends the lives of patients and that its use may produce dangerous side effects. The commissioner of the U.S. Food and […]

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Major Drug Tunnel Discovered Under US-Mexico Border

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. authorities have uncovered a major drug smuggling tunnel under the border with Mexico and seized 14 tons of marijuana during searches related to an investigation. Officials say the cross-border tunnel was about 400 meters long and connected warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico and in an industrial park in the San Diego, California area. The investigators […]

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Major Drug Tunnel Under US-Mexico Border Discovered

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. authorities have uncovered a major drug smuggling tunnel under the border with Mexico and seized 14 tons of marijuana in the passageway. Officials say the cross-border tunnel connected warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico and in an industrial park in the San Diego, California area. The investigators also say the tunnel, which was discovered Tuesday, contained […]

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Doctors Hail New Cystic Fibrosis Drug

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Doctors are hailing a new treatment for the lung disease cystic fibrosis as a hugely significant advancement. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine says the drug called “ivacaftor” targets a faulty protein that causes the disease by correcting the balance of salt and water in the patient’s airways. Those who took the […]

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Mexico Arrests Eight Blamed in Veracruz Killings

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities have arrested eight members of a drug gang blamed for the recent deaths of at least 67 people in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara told reporters Friday that the suspects have been in custody since Thursday and belong to a group known as “Jalisco New Generation.” He […]

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