While no one disputes the need for timelier access to medicines in humanitarian emergencies, pharmaceutical company donations stir debate. In Syria, for example, several major drug companies have donated medicines to NGOs like the International Committee of the Red Cross,…

In Africa, many countries lack regulatory systems able to detect poor-quality or counterfeit medicines and yank them from the shelves. For example, an estimated 90% of the oxytocin on the market in Ghana was found to be substandard, according to Patrick Lukulay, a VP at…

As an opioid epidemic sweeps the US, pharmacists are in an especially tough position, pulled between patients in dire need of relief and addicts who will stop at nothing to get drugs. The expectation that they act as watchdogs has sent ripples of controversy among the…

For those with diabetes, over-the-counter insulin can be a lifesaver. It can also be harmful, and even fatal, if used improperly.

Pharma bad boy Martin Shkreli is out on $5 million bond after being arrested yesterday morning on securities fraud charges. The 32-year-old vaulted into public consciousness (and disdain) in September for a price gouging drug strategy that jacked up the cost of Daraprim, a…

Just when you thought it was safe to buy essential medicines, “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli is back. This time he’s CEO of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, which has announced plans to apply next year for FDA approval for benznidazole, used to treat Chagas disease. Shkreli and his…

As the global leader in the manufacture and export of generic drugs, could India help Africa improve access to lifesaving meds? India's prime minister Narendra Modi met recently with leaders of more than 50 African countries to explore the possibility. But some factories…

The recent news that antivenom manufacturer Sanofi-Pasteur is leaving the sub-Saharan African market sparked new and welcome attention on snake bites.

At last night's debate, the 5 US Democratic party presidential candidates named their top enemies, the BBC reported; their answers reinforce the importance of 2 key public health issues in the race:

The world's 20 top-selling medicines cost, on average, 3 times more in the US than in Britain, 6 times more in the US than Brazil and 16 times more in the US than in the lowest priced country (usually India), according to a new Reuters analysis. The 20 medicines together…