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FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi's Dupixent..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 10:59am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA's drug Dupixent to treat nasal polyps, the companies said on Wednesday. .... <view entire article>

Interactive toys might bring hospitalized kids a little joy..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 9:33am

(Reuters Health) - Hospitalized children who get to play with interactive robotic teddy bears might feel more joyful and agreeable than kids who get plain, old-fashioned stuffed animals, a small experiment suggests. .... <view entire article>

Fate of opioid litigation hinges on government 'police power'..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 8:58am

The fate of thousands of lawsuits seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic hinges in part on a thorny legal question: Can a company use a bankruptcy to stop lawsuits from cities and states? .... <view entire article>

Elderly in U.S. emergency depts often can't afford medicines..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 8:01am

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who come to U.S. emergency rooms often have trouble affording medications, a study shows. .... <view entire article>

Glyphosate use will eventually end, Merkel says..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 5:47am

Use of Bayer's contested weedkiller glyphosate, the subject of more than 10,000 lawsuits in the U.S. over claims it causes cancer, will eventually die out, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the country's lower house on Wednesday. .... <view entire article>

Afghanistan records tenth polio case in 2019 as security worsens: officials..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 5:30am

Afghanistan, one of the last countries in the world where polio is still endemic, has registered its 10th case this year, with most coming in southern regions where Taliban militants have wide control, a senior health official said on Wednesday. .... <view entire article>

Switzerland aims to legalise medical marijuana..

Date: June 26, 2019 | Time: 2:49am

The Swiss government aims to make it easier for patients to get medical marijuana, proposing on Wednesday to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions. .... <view entire article>

Juul loses home turf as San Francisco bans e-cigarette sales..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 10:11pm

San Francisco will become the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes as officials look to control the rapid uptick in teenage use of nicotine devices made by companies such as Juul Labs Inc. .... <view entire article>

U.S. pork lobby says regulatory changes needed after Trump biotech order..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 6:59pm

The U.S. pork lobby said on Tuesday that more must be done to simplify regulations for genetically altered livestock, weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to streamline the review process for agricultural technology. .... <view entire article>

Opioid use booming as tramadol crisis emerges in Africa - U.N. drug report..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 3:02pm

Synthetic opioid use is booming, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a worldwide drug report that showed deaths in the United States from overdoses still rising and a "crisis" of tramadol use emerging in parts of Africa. .... <view entire article>

Tobacco, vape shops sell more to minors than other retailers..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 1:53pm

U.S. regulations require retailers to check ID for everyone under age 27 who tries to buy tobacco products, but half of tobacco and vape shops don't do this, a 2018 study of California retailers suggests. .... <view entire article>

Yes, counting steps might make you healthier..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 12:47pm

People who track their daily steps may not only be more active, they may also be less likely to develop health problems that lead to events like heart attacks or broken bones, a new study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Unproven stem cell therapies often peddled by doctors without training..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 12:44pm

At U.S. clinics advertising unproven stem cell treatments, roughly two-thirds of the clinicians may be physicians, but a new study suggests these doctors are often trained in specialties unrelated to the services they provide. .... <view entire article>

Akorn gets FDA warning letter for another manufacturing plant..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 11:15am

Akorn Inc said on Tuesday it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding its manufacturing facility in New Jersey, the latest in a string of setbacks for the generic drugmaker. .... <view entire article>

Illinois joins 10 other U.S. states in legalizing recreational marijuana..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 11:15am

Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that also provides for the removal of certain previous drug convictions and will generate new revenue for the financially troubled state. .... <view entire article>

Vitamin deficiencies may be the only sign of celiac disease..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 9:46am

(Reuters Health) - Adults with undiagnosed celiac disease often have nutrient deficiencies as the only sign of the condition, researchers say. .... <view entire article>

Migraine in pregnancy linked with complications for mothers and babies..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 9:14am

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women with migraine headaches are more likely to develop complications, and their babies are at higher risk for complications early after birth, too, a large study from Denmark suggests. .... <view entire article>

FDA warns companies selling kratom products on opioid addiction claims..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 8:46am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters on Tuesday to two privately held companies for illegally selling unapproved, misbranded drugs containing kratom claiming to cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms. .... <view entire article>

FDA declines to approve Acer Therapeutics' rare genetic disorder treatment..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 8:05am

Acer Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its treatment for a severe, rare genetic disorder that can cause blood vessels to fatally rupture, sending its shares plunging as much as 78%. .... <view entire article>

Novartis wins Gilenya reprieve as judge blocks generics, for now..

Date: June 25, 2019 | Time: 4:48am

Novartis has won a U.S. federal court order preventing rival generic makers from selling versions of the Swiss drugmaker's top-selling multiple sclerosis medicine Gilenya in the United States, at least until a patent dispute is resolved. .... <view entire article>

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