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CDC issues guidance on storm recovery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been using multiple channels to get the word out about post-storm safety to residents of areas still reeling from the effects of recent hurricanes. Reuters: Health News

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Obamacare repeal must move quickly, says Senate’s McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s top Republican on Tuesday urged quick action on a bill to repeal Obamacare but stopped short of promising to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote, as the clock ticks down on the latest attempt to kill the 2010 healthcare law. Reuters: …

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Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America’s finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) – As deaths mount in America’s opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost. Reuters: Health News

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Exclusive: FDA plans new compounding pharmacy policy, agency head says

BOSTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday the agency is working on a new policy that would encourage more compounding pharmacies to register under a law enacted in the wake of a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to one such company. Reuters: …

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U.S. senator slams Allergan patent deal with Native-American tribe

(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said on Friday a deal that drugmaker Allergan Plc made with a Native-American tribe to shield patents “rips off consumers” and cannot “become the new normal.” Reuters: Health News

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GSK’s three-in-one inhaler gets positive opinion from EU agency

(Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline said on Friday that a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel has recommended the company’s three-in-one inhaled lung drug. Reuters: Health News

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Drug industry on tenterhooks as Maryland price-gouging law nears

(Reuters) – As U.S. consumer outrage grows over prescription drug prices, state authorities and patient advocates in Maryland are preparing to enforce the nation’s first law designed to punish drugmaker price-gouging. Reuters: Health News

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Novartis says biosimilar rituximab accepted for review by FDA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis AG said on Tuesday its biosimilar rituximab to treat blood cancers and immunological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis was accepted for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Reuters: Health News

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Roche shares hit by trial flops, fears over biosimilar defense

ZURICH (Reuters) – Roche shares fell in early trading on Monday after trial failures added to the Swiss drugmaker’s challenge of replacing patent-expired medicines with lucrative new drugs. Reuters: Health News

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Novartis posts a win, Roche a flop in skin cancer trials

ZURICH/MADRID (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis notched a trial win for its drug cocktail against skin cancer on Monday, while a rival treatment from Roche with slipping sales failed in a separate study with a similar patient group. Reuters: Health News