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China police probe vaccine maker after scandal sparks fury

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A vaccine scandal in China, which has prompted angry reactions from citizens fed up with safety scares, is sending ripples across the local drug market and threatening Chinese ambitions to play a larger role in the global pharmaceutical arena. Learn More


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FDA staff raises efficacy doubts on GSK's lung disease treatment

(Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers have raised doubts over the effectiveness of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's drug Nucala in treating a disease that limits airflow to the lungs. More »


Swiss, German drugmakers join U.S. price freeze

ZURICH (Reuters) - European drugmakers Roche, Bayer and Merck KGaA became the latest companies to freeze prices in the United States for the rest of 2018 following criticism by President Donald Trump over the cost of medicine. More »


Bayer to phase out Essure birth control device in U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Life sciences company Bayer AG said on Friday it would discontinue the sale of its birth control product Essure in the United States, citing a decline in sales of the implantable device that made the business no longer sustainable. More »


CPR training should change, and maybe there should be an app for that

(Reuters Health) - To help more patients survive cardiac arrest, traditional CPR training needs an overhaul with more chances for practice - and instructions on social and digital platforms might help lessons stick, some doctors argue. More »


U.S. court rejects Allergan bid to shield patents through tribe deal

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a novel strategy adopted by drug company Allergan PLC to shield patents from review by an administrative court by transferring them to a Native American tribe. More »


Ground water in Vedanta's Indian smelter contains heavy metals: minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ground water in Vedanta Resources' south Indian copper smelter contains heavy metals exceeding limits for drinking water, India's junior minister for water resources, Arjun Ram Meghwal, told lawmakers on Monday. More »


Roche gets breakthrough status for Alzheimer's test Elecsys

ZURICH (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Roche an accelerated review for its Elecsys product used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday. More »


EU drug regulators step up work to prepare for 'no deal' Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Drug regulators across Europe are hiring extra staff and increasing their workload as the role of British experts in the EU-wide system of medicines supervision winds down ahead of Brexit. More »


Cigarette use declines among U.S. young women, but marijuana blunt use rises

(Reuters Health) - Cigarette use decreased among young women - including pregnant women - during the past decade in the U.S., according to a new study. But, researchers found, use of marijuana blunts rose. More »


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