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La Jolla's low blood pressure treatment clears key study

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:57:42 -0500

(Reuters) - La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co said on Monday its lead experimental drug to treat low blood pressure met the main goal of a late-stage study on patients with distributive shock who had not adequately responded to existing treatments.(image)

Sanofi and Lonza to build new $285 million Swiss biologics facility

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:22:07 -0500

PARIS (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi and Swiss manufacturer Lonza will invest 270 million euros ($285 million) in a new large-scale biologics facility that will produce monoclonal antibodies by 2020, the two companies said on Monday.(image)

South Korea to extend subsidy on some egg imports as bird flu hits local output

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:05:14 -0500

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is extending a scheme to subsidize up to half the cost of importing eggs by sea for another two months until the end of April, as it grapples with a shortfall in local supply in the wake of its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.(image)

Details emerge of Republicans' plans to replace Obamacare

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:52:54 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Details of potential Obamacare replacements by U.S. House Republicans emerged in news reports on Friday, as Republican lawmakers have vowed to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks.(image)

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:52:34 -0500

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts related to its support for organizations that provide financial help to Medicare patients.(image)

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:51:48 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday.(image)

Most Americans want U.S. to keep funding expanded Medicaid: poll

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:13:48 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans say it is important to keep federal funding for an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor under Obamacare, even as Republicans work on repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to a poll released on Friday.(image)

Deadly U.S. heroin overdoses quadrupled in five years: study

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:02:35 -0500

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased.(image)

What belongs in medical kits for climbers and hikers?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:33:39 -0500

(Reuters Health) - For mountain climbers and hikers, injuries often include broken bones, sprains and skin wounds, but many don’t carry the right supplies for the injuries and illnesses they are most likely to face, a recent study found.(image)

Not all bug repellents are equal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:49:39 -0500

(Reuters Health) - Pay attention to the ingredients of bug sprays and other repellents, because they're not equally effective at warding off mosquitoes that carry diseases like Zika virus, researchers say.(image)