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House committee seeks testimony from ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli

/  16.01.2016  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional panel has asked pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli to testify at a Jan. 26 hearing about his company’s decision to raise the price of a life-saving prescription drug, according to a Republican committee staffer.

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Canada court grants extension of time for assisted suicide law

/  16.01.2016  /  Health 

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday granted the federal government a qualified extension of time to come up with a law on doctor-assisted suicide in response to the court’s earlier decision overturning a ban on the practice.

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House opens inquiry into deaths of drug-dependent newborns

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of a U.S. House committee that oversees child abuse issues opened an inquiry Friday into whether the federal government is failing to enforce a law meant to protect thousands of babies born dependent on drugs each year.

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Dozens feared exposed as Sierra Leone confirms new Ebola death

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

FREETOWN (Reuters) – A woman who died of Ebola this week in Sierra Leone potentially exposed dozens of other people to the disease, according to an aid agency report on Friday, raising the risk of more cases just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be ending.

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Chipotle to shut outlets next month for food safety meeting

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters) – Popular burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc will close its restaurants for a few hours next month to hold a meeting on food safety with employees, company executives said.

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Probe faults Army lab’s leaders over mistaken anthrax shipments: paper

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Officials at an Army biodefense lab in Utah had multiple warning signs of safety issues but failed to take steps that could have averted the mistaken shipment of live anthrax to other labs, USA Today reported Friday, citing a military investigation.

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FDA clears Olympus duodenoscope with design modifications

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared Japan’s Olympus Corp’s duodenoscope with changes to the device’s design and labeling intended to help reduce the risk of bacterial infections.

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Severe malnutrition confirmed in Syria’s Madaya, 32 deaths reported in month: U.N.

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. children’s fund UNICEF on Friday confirmed cases of severe malnutrition among children in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, where local relief workers reported 32 deaths of starvation in the past month.

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French ‘cannabis’ drug trial leaves one brain dead, five injured

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

PARIS (Reuters) – One person has been left brain dead and five others are in a serious condition after taking part in a clinical trial in western France of an experimental medicine from an unnamed drug company, the French health ministry said on Friday.

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India’s Wockhardt slumps after FDA criticisms of new drug plant

/  15.01.2016  /  Health 

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian drugmaker Wockhardt Ltd said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a notice outlining manufacturing violations at its Shendra plant in western India, delaying the company’s plans to rebuild its battered U.S. business.

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