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China drug approval backlog jumps by a third

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13-Mar-15 China had more than 18,500 drugs waiting for approval at the end of 2014, up by a third from 2013, the official Center for Drug Evaluation has said, data that seems to support industry concern that it is becoming more difficult to get medicines approved in the China market. [image: AFP_Anthony Wallace]

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Singapore to be GSK’s base for growth in Asia

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12-Mar-15 Pharmaceutical giant GSK has announced that it will use Singapore as a base to steer its growth in Asia, with the set-up of a new regional headquarters there. The new HQ will be “one of three co-global ‘control towers’ alongside the UK and US, with the full suite of capabilities and autonomy to make decisions in Asia, for Asia". [image: Reuters]

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India's Medyog web start-up bridges doctor-patient gap

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12-Mar-15 Medyog, a web start-up in India, allows users to book, cancel or reschedule doctor appointments and tests. Users can also view test reports on a secure server. “We’re particular about confidentiality, and are trying to find a way to get the diagnostic centres to release [data] directly to the clients,” said CEO Pranat Bhadani. [image: The New Indian Express]

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Health Zones to facilitate health service reform in Thailand

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11-Mar-15 Thailand's Ministry of Public Health is setting up “Health Zones” in a reform of the country's health mechanisms aimed to reduce disparity and provide greater access. Each zone has a committee to manage finance, workforce and other resources, and to link together local health services, from primary care to highly specialized care in various local facilities. [image: The Nation]

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Telus remote monitoring system installed in Australia

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10-Mar-15 Hills Health Solutions has signed an agreement with Canadian telehealth and home care monitoring vendor Telus Health Solutions to bring its remote patient monitoring system to Australia and New Zealand. The solution allows hospitals to monitor patients with chronic conditions remotely, and to help prevent readmissions and discharge patients earlier. [images: Izabela Habur / gettyimages]

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