FDA moves to speed nicotine replacement product development

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it is considering measures to speed development of products that help people quit smoking, including easing requirements for approval of over...

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France stops large shipment of radioactive Belarus mushrooms

France has stopped a large shipment of Belarus mushrooms contaminated with low-level radioactivity probably from Chernobyl and not linked to a radioactive cloud that appeared in southern Russia las...

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Europe's top biotech expects delays from drugs watchdog's HQ move

Europe's biggest biotechnology company, Denmark's Genmab, expects some delays to regional drug approvals as the European Medicines Agency is uprooted from London to Amsterdam.

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Vaccine alliance backs typhoid shots for poor with $85 million

The GAVI global vaccine alliance has earmarked $85 million to help support the introduction of typhoid vaccines in poor countries where millions of children are at risk of the often deadly disease.

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FDA aims to approve more drugs based on early clinical data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aiming to approve drugs based on very early data if the drug shows a possible benefit in terms of survival, the head of the agency told lawmakers at a heari...

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UK doctors test less invasive prenatal screening for Down syndrome

By Lisa Rapaport(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women may get accurate screening results for Down syndrome – also known as trisomy 21 - and two rarer chr

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Farmers harder hit by opioid crisis than rest of rural U.S.: survey

The opioid crisis in the United States is impacting farm and ranch families more acutely than their rural neighbors, according to a survey published by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) an...

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New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus th...

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Genmab and J&J 'love' partnership as some ponder takeover

Genmab (GEN.CO) was Europe's second biggest biotech company, until its partner Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) bought Switzerland's Actelion for $30 billion this year and propelled the Danish antibody&he...

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GSK starts big African study of injectable drug to prevent HIV

ViiV Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline Plc's HIV unit, said on Thursday it started an African study to evaluate long-acting injectable drug for the prevention of HIV infection in sexually active women.

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Britain says Canada's Concordia overcharging health service for thyroid drug

Drug company Concordia overcharged Britain's health service millions of pounds for an essential thyroid drug by abusing its position as the only supplier, the country's Competition and Markets…

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Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan.

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