AJ Impact

US states seek $2.2 trillion from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

States accuse Purdue of pushing prescription painkillers on doctors and patients while playing down the risks.

US states seek $2.2 trillion from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Drugs

China sentences Canadian to death over drug charge

Xu Weihong gets death penalty for manufacturing ketamine as ties between Beijing and Ottawa continue to deteriorate.

China court sentences Canadian national to death for making drugs

AJ Impact

US sanctions four China-based individuals, firm over fentanyl

Fentanyl has played a major role in the US opioid crisis.

US sanctions four China-based individuals, firm over fentanyl

Doctor's Note

Doctor's Note: How COVID-19 is increasing antibiotic resistance

Why has the WHO said a 'worrying number' of bacterial infections are becoming resistant to medicines?

Doctor's Note: How COVID-19 is increasing antibiotic resistance

Drugs

Italy seizes alleged ISIL pills in 'largest' drug bust

A 14-tonne haul of amphetamines found hidden inside industrial goods in three container ships docked in southern Italy.

Italy seizes 'ISIL-made drugs from Syria' worth $1bn

Coronavirus pandemic

Hydroxychloroquine tied to increased risk of death: Study

Coronavirus patients taking the anti-malarial drug, touted and taken by Trump, had higher risk of death, new study says.

Hydroxychloroquine tied to increased risk of death: Study

AJ Impact

Trump admin awards contract to make COVID-19 drugs in US

The pandemic has laid bare US dependence on China and India for drugs and raw materials for making medicines.

Trump admin awards contract to make COVID-19 drugs in US

Donald Trump

Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine despite FDA warnings

FDA said in April it's 'aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems' in COVID-19 patients treated with the drug.

Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine despite FDA warnings

AJ Impact

Regeneron coronavirus drug may be ready by late 2020

The pharmaceutical company says it will start human trials of the antibody cocktail in June.

Regeneron coronavirus drug may be ready by late 2020

Start Here

Where are we with a coronavirus vaccine? | Start Here

Scientists are working on vaccines and drugs for the coronavirus but when will we get some answers?

Opinion

Coronavirus and narcotics: Can drug cartels survive COVID-19?

Latin America's established drug cartels are likely to turn this crisis into an opportunity.

Nicola Morfini

by Nicola Morfini

Nicola Morfini

Coronavirus pandemic

Duterte presses on with 'drug war' despite coronavirus lockdown

Rights groups call for immediate stop to police operations and warn against more abuses during national health crisis.

Duterte presses on with 'drug war' despite coronavirus lockdown

AJ Impact

Lebanon set to legalise medical, industrial cannabis cultivation

Critics say draft law fails to address criminalisation of drug use.

Lebanon set to legalise medical, industrial cannabis cultivation

AJ Impact

India curbs drug exports as fears of coronavirus shortages mount

It is unclear how restrictions could affect the availability of common exported medicines including some antibiotics.

India curbs drug exports as fears of coronavirus shortages mount

Europe

British gang abandons workers in underground cigarette factory

Spanish police arrest fugitive Briton ringleader and rescue six Ukrainian workers trapped in clandestine workshop.

British gang abandons workers in underground cigarette factory