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The Outsourcing of Drugs

The Indian pharmaceutical sector "was once notorious for making cheap knockoffs of Western medicines" to sell in developing countries, says the New York Times, but now it is a manufacturing center of drugs to sell worldwide. "What I see happening now is manufacturing and even packaging and even formulation are moving to India," says Jim Worrell, the chief executive of Pharma Services Network.

There still are, however, questions about knock-off and counterfeit drugs, and FDA has opened an office in Mumbai and one in Delhi to "verify that important products and the way they are manufactured meet US health and safety requirements," a FDA spokesperson tells the Times.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.