BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full Of Drug Dealers. “Dozens of top posts under the #opioidcrisis and #opioidaddiction hashtags contained comments touting Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, and other prescription opioids — along with phone numbers and usernames for encrypted messaging accounts. A typical entry, under a video describing tens of thousands of deaths by drug overdose, offered ‘fast deals’ on ‘Oxys, Roxy, Xans, Addy, codeine, perc…Available 24.7 for delivery.'”
K5 News: Free online tool identifies dangerous drug/supplement combinations . “Sometimes a supplement can interact with another medication. Now scientists and engineers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have developed an online tool to help consumers determine if a supplement will interact with another drug they are taking.”
GMA News: Zuellig wants open source database for all pharma products in the market. “Zuellig Pharma Holdings Pte. Ltd. said it is now working with other pharmaceutical companies to create an open source database for end-users to trace and track products in the market.”
International Business Times Singapore: NTU scientist develops digital tool to study ancient traditional medicines all over the world. “In collaboration with the Research Centre for Digital Humanities at the National Taiwan University and recently NTU’s Office of Information, Knowledge and Library Services, Assistant Professor Michael Stanley-Baker designed the digital tools platform DocuSky. This tool was designed to track medical products derived from animals, plants and minerals across different genres of texts—in particular, the digitised Buddhist and Daoist canons, as well as early medical literature.”
Viet Nam News: Health ministry launches pharmaceutical database. “The databank contains information on more than 10,000 currently operating drugstores, nearly 41,000 production and distribution facilities and pharmacists who have been granted working certificates. It provides users with a comprehensive information lookup platform that can be easily accessed on the website or via the mobile application.” The site is in Vietnamese, of course, and Google Chrome did not offer to translate, so I wasn’t able to do much looking around.
Bangkok Post: Facebook and other social media a boon for drug dealers, study finds. “Online social networks are now popular channels for the sale of illicit drugs, a forum heard last week. The findings of research conducted on the subject were released at a panel discussion titled ‘Narcotics Market and Online Crimes’ attended by representatives of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).”
KRMG: New Online Tool Provides Patients More Info On Their Medical Costs . “The Medicine Assistance Tool, or MAT, was created by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to provide patients with more information about their medicine costs and help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through various biopharmaceutical industry programs.”