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A combination photograph shows signage displayed outside Gilead Sciences Inc. headquarters in Foster City, California and the AstraZeneca Plc logo on an building at the company's facilities in Sodertalje, Sweden

Covid pandemic gives businesses plenty of reasons to get back to dealmaking

It was the pharma industry that kicked off the global megamerger wave last time around, in early 2014.
A representational image of a technician handling a sample at laboratory | Anthony Kwan | Bloomberg

Big pharma is looking beyond coronavirus with AstraZeneca eyeing merger with Gilead

The suggestion of a blockbuster merger between the two drugmakers is a sign that the industry is getting back to something resembling business as usual.
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Big Pharma has failed. It’s been 35 years since a new class of antibiotics entered the market

Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of it.
A pharmacy in Jammu

Lucrative drugs like Viagra, Humira to lose patents but Indian pharma unlikely to gain

Indian pharma companies, which have dominated the world’s generic medicines market, are now hampered by Trump’s policies & lack of expertise in biologics.
China is working towards reinventing its pharmaceutical industry | Pxhere

How Ranbaxy faked manufacturing data for all drugs not only in India, but in US, Europe too

Ranbaxy was treating data as an entirely fungible marketing tool, apparently without consideration of impact on patients. It was an outright fraud.
Medicine

Fourth carcinogen discovered in blood-pressure pills used by millions

Some valsartan found positive for carcinogen DMF by US online pharmacy Valisure include those made by Indian pharma firms Alembic and Macleods.
Medicines (Representational image) | ThePrint

Superbugs win another round after pharma giant quits antibiotics battle

The fight against life-threatening infections suffered another blow when one of the world’s biggest drugmakers waved the white flag.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.