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Roche's Alecensa latest beneficiary of faster China drug approvals..

Date: August 19, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

Third African swine fever outbreak hits China's hog herd..

Date: August 18, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

FDA approves Teva's generic of Mylan's EpiPen..

Date: August 18, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 2:53pm

(Reuters Health) - Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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) .... <view entire article>

Dementia patients may benefit from music therapy..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 9:48am

(Reuters Health) - Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests. .... <view entire article>

Transgender veterans don't have worse health..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 9:46am

(Reuters Health) - Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent U.S. study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Staying fit might cut glaucoma risk..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

Scotland's Ayrshire to give free tampons to tackle period poverty..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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". .... <view entire article>

FDA approves Bristol-Myers' Opdivo for small cell lung cancer..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

World's top pork firm shuts China slaughterhouse in race to contain deadly swine fever..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 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. .... <view entire article>

China think tank slammed for 'procreation fund' idea..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 5:05am

A proposal by two Chinese researchers to force couples with fewer than two children to pay into a "procreation fund" backfired on Friday, with critics calling it a "thoughtless" and "absurd" way to battle the problem of an ageing population. .... <view entire article>

Russia reports severe bird flu outbreak: OIE..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 2:30am

Russia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the Kostromskaya region in the west of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from Russia's Agriculture Ministry. .... <view entire article>

Trump administration proposes production quota cuts for six opioids..

Date: August 17, 2018 | Time: 12:37am

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed that U.S. drugmakers cut production quotas of the six most abused opioids by 10 percent next year to fight a nationwide addiction crisis. .... <view entire article>

China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-list..

Date: August 16, 2018 | Time: 7:51pm

China has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal. .... <view entire article>

Exclusive: OxyContin maker Purdue taps financial restructuring adviser - sources..

Date: August 16, 2018 | Time: 4:57pm

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP has tapped law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for financial restructuring advice, as its potential liabilities swell with a wave of lawsuits over the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the United States, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. .... <view entire article>

Lawmakers want British vaping rules relaxed to help smokers quit..

Date: August 16, 2018 | Time: 4:04pm

Vaping rules should be relaxed to allow the promotion of e-cigarettes as tools to help tobacco smokers quit, British lawmakers said on Friday. .... <view entire article>

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