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U.S. health secretary says agency has power to eliminate drug rebates
20 Aug 2018 at 4:25am
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency's power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration's plan to lower prescription medicine costs.
Roche's Alecensa latest beneficiary of faster China drug approvals
19 Aug 2018 at 11:25pm
Roche's Alecensa lung cancer medicine became the latest beneficiary of China's efforts to speed up approvals in the world's second-biggest drug market, which is gaining importance for global pharmaceuticals companies' growth plans.
Third African swine fever outbreak hits China's hog herd
18 Aug 2018 at 11:26pm
China's Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly-contagious disease threatened to spread through the world's biggest pig herd.
FDA approves Teva's generic of Mylan's EpiPen
18 Aug 2018 at 2:21pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's generic version of Mylan NV's life-saving allergy injection, EpiPen, at a time when regulators are looking to lower healthcare costs.
China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal
17 Aug 2018 at 7:48pm
China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision.
Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47
17 Aug 2018 at 3:26pm
Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 47 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills
17 Aug 2018 at 2:54pm
(Reuters Health) - People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills' effectiveness, a recent study suggests.
Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain
17 Aug 2018 at 2:53pm
(Reuters Health) - Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests.
Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)
17 Aug 2018 at 2:46pm
(This version of the August 16th story corrects to change drug price in headline, first bullet, paragraphs 1 and 3 after company corrects it to $16,970 from $15,970)
Dementia patients may benefit from music therapy
17 Aug 2018 at 9:48am
(Reuters Health) - Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests.
Transgender veterans don't have worse health
17 Aug 2018 at 9:46am
(Reuters Health) - Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent U.S. study suggests.
Staying fit might cut glaucoma risk
17 Aug 2018 at 7:09am
(Reuters Health) - Meeting physical activity guidelines and being physically fit may reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by 40 percent to 50 percent, recent research suggests.
Scotland's Ayrshire to give free tampons to tackle period poverty
17 Aug 2018 at 7:08am
Scotland's North Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority in Britain to provide free sanitary provision in public buildings, hoping to tackle "period poverty".
FDA approves Bristol-Myers' Opdivo for small cell lung cancer
17 Aug 2018 at 6:44am
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment, Opdivo, for patients whose lung cancer had progressed even after undergoing chemotherapy and at least one other therapy.
World's top pork firm shuts China slaughterhouse in race to contain deadly sw...
17 Aug 2018 at 5:25am
China has ordered the world's top pork producer, WH Group Ltd, to shut a major slaughterhouse as authorities race to stop the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF) after a second outbreak in the planet's biggest hog herd in two weeks.