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GlaxoSmithKline adult shingles vaccine wins U.S. approval

/  21.10.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline’s Shingrix shingles vaccine for use in adults aged 50 and over, a move widely expected after an advisory panel to the agency last month voted unanimously to recommend its approval, the company announced on Friday.

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Pharmacist’s ‘deadly’ choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

BOSTON (Reuters) – A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients’ lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer.

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FDA teams with medical companies in Puerto Rico to tackle shortages

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the agency was working with several pharmaceutical and medical device companies in Puerto Rico to prevent shortages of medical products in the United States as it joins a massive effort to help rebuild the island that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

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Prosecutors seek pharmacist’s conviction over U.S. meningitis outbreak

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

BOSTON (Reuters) – A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a “depraved heart” while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs.

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Peru Congress passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late on Thursday with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.

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Toxic firecracker haze darkens Indian capital after festival of lights

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Air pollution in New Delhi hit 18 times the healthy limit on Friday under a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali – despite a court-ordered ban on their sales.

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Australia’s second largest state edges towards permitting euthanasia

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The parliament of Australia’s second largest state passed legislation on Friday to allow terminally ill patients to seek medical help to end their lives, a bill that is expected to act as a catalyst for the rest of the country to adopt similar laws.

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Imprimis Pharma to take on Allergan’s Restasis with cheaper product

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – Shares of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc sky-rocketed as much as 91 percent on Thursday, after the company said it would launch a cheaper alternative to Allergan Plc’s controversial dry eye drug, Restasis, by next month.

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Beauty standards may be broadening

/  20.10.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters Health) – Americans have grown to appreciate beauty across more skin types and ages during the past three decades, if People magazine is any indication, a new study suggests.

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In glyphosate review, WHO cancer agency edited out ‘non-carcinogenic’ findings

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization’s cancer agency dismissed and edited findings from a draft of its review of the weedkiller glyphosate that were at odds with its final conclusion that the chemical probably causes cancer.

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