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Health strategy aims for a doctor, two nurses for every 500 citizens
July 29, 2015

Recent statistics announced by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, which coincided with consensus surveys in the Kingdom for the year 2014, revealed that there is only one doctor for each 800 people, and one nurse for every 285 people.

According to the commission, there are around 25,000 Saudi doctors in the health market, representing 20.1 percent of the total number of doctors in the Kingdom, and 72,000 Saudi nurses, representing 29.4 percent from 245,000 nurses working in the Kingdom.

In comparison with the...

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Boehringer Ingelheim enters into an exclusive license agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to develop 3rd generation EGFR targeted therapy in lung cancer
July 28, 2015

  • Boehringer Ingelheim expands its strong position in lung cancer obtaining exclusive rights to HM61713, a 3rd generation EGFR targeting agent
  • This new partnership will aim to achieve first market authorisation for HM61713 for patients with EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC by 2017 in the U.S.
  • Expands Boehringer Ingelheim’s broad commitment to cancer and specifically the development of innovative targeted therapies in lung cancer

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cippe 2015 Shanghai: Focus on Innovation and Upgrade of Global Petrochemical Industry and Market Trends
July 28, 2015

In the coming five years, China's economy will see significant changes in many aspects, with the economic growth rate from high to moderate, the growth pattern from extensive growth in scale and speed to intensive growth in quality and efficiency, its driving force from investment to innovation, and the structure from capacity expansion-oriented to expansion-and-optimization-oriented. Focusing on the upgrade of the traditional petrochemical industry, the challenges"...

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Vertical Progress Trading Company to be Exclusive Distributor of Obagi Medical Products in the United Arab Emirates
July 27, 2015

Cellogique Corporation is pleased to announce their newly established partnership with Vertical Progress Trading Company. Cellogique Corporation has granted Vertical Progress Trading Company exclusive distribution of Obagi Medical Products, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals.


The Vertical Progress team notes,"...

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Cancer Experts to Gather In Dubai in October
July 27, 2015

More than 1,200 Oncologists and Allied healthcare professionals will gather in Dubai this year from 29 to 31 October for the UAE Cancer Congress to learn and network with Cancer Specialists from around the globe. The participants will discuss the latest cancer research, guidelines, developments and showcase best practices from regional and international institutions viz, MD Anderson USA, Tata Memorial Hospital and other leading institutions from India, Korea, Singapore,"...

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European Medicines Agency Grants Accelerated Assessment of Ixazomib for Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma
July 27, 2015

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted an accelerated assessment to ixazomib, an investigational oral proteasome inhibitor for the treatment of patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. The EMA awards an accelerated assessment to those medicines deemed to be of major public health interest and, in particular,"...

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Six New Cases of MERS Confirmed in Saudi Arabia
July 26, 2015

The World Health Organization announced Friday that in the first two weeks of this month, six new cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, also known as MERS, were identified in Saudi Arabia.

The new cases involve patients between the ages of 35 and 77, according to the WHO. Four of the patients were identified as being in stable condition, with the other two listed as "critical."

Four of the patients reportedly had a history of contact"...

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Makkah health facilities to get massive boost
July 26, 2015

Millions of Muslims from all over the world visit the Makkah region every year for Umrah and Haj. To cover all the emergencies and health requirements, the government plans to offer 10,454 beds with 20,000 health facilities in the next five years in different areas of the region.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal emphasized the importance of delivering the full range of health services at all provincial centers to the public.

He stressed the need to complete health projects in the region in accordance with the scheduled...

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New WHO study claims the number of smokers in the Kingdom on the rise
July 25, 2015

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) study revealed that there are 6 million smokers in the Kingdom. The study estimated this number to jump to 10 million by 2020, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

Around 12 billion cigarettes are smoked every year in the Kingdom, making it the fourth largest country in the world in terms of the number of smokers.

According to the study, 40 percent of men and 10 percent of the women in the Kingdom smoke. Some 15 percent of them are teenagers.

Al-Riyadh daily met several young men...

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MERS kills one, infects 2
July 25, 2015

A woman died and two more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were reported in Riyadh Thursday.

The new incidence has brought the total of MERS cases in the Kingdom to 1,053 which included 465 deaths. Five hundred and eighty-one patients recovered from the illness and seven patients are currently being treated in hospitals across the Kingdom.

The deceased was a Saudi woman, who was treated in Riyadh. The fresh cases included a 52-year-old Saudi woman and a male expatriate, 54.

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