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  • Mom, daughter give birth hours apart in same hospital

    November 9, 2018 5:47 PM 202

    Haley Buxton, 24, holds newborn daughter Aubree, while Buxton's mother, Amanda Stephens, holds son Landon. (Fox 5 Atlanta) A Georgia family is celebrating the arrival of their two youngest members after a mother and her daughter welcomed a boy and a girl within hours of each other at the same hospital. Amanda Stephens, 40, gave birth to son Landon Cash at 9:44 a.m. on Wednesday

  • U.S. concerned about Ebola outbreak in Congo conflict zone: official

    November 9, 2018 1:58 AM 129

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is worried about the outbreak of Ebola in conflict-hit eastern Congo where there are 312 confirmed and probable cases and 191 deaths, a USAID official said on Thursday. “We are absolutely concerned about the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the senior USAID official, who is working with response

  • Novartis division Sandoz recalls one lot of blood pressure drug

    November 9, 2018 12:36 AM 118

    (Reuters) - Novartis said on Thursday its Sandoz division was recalling one lot of losartan tablets after finding traces of a probable carcinogen in the blood pressure drug. The drug is made by China’s Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd. Last month, the European Medicines Agency placed the firm under high supervision after a probable carcinogen was found

  • Regulators investigate salmonella infections linked to Conagra's cake mixes

    November 7, 2018 6:46 PM 125

    (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators said here on Wednesday they were investigating Conagra Brands Inc's facility that makes cake mixes after a sample of the product that contained Salmonella agbeni matched the strain that had infected five people. Conagra on Monday had recalled four varieties of the cake mix after officials in Oregon found Salmonella

  • Sanofi and Regeneron's Dupixent gets more positive feedback from U.S. FDA: companies

    November 6, 2018 6:29 AM 129

    PARIS (Reuters) - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulator gave more positive feedback on the Dupixent eczema treatment being developed by drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron, the companies said on Tuesday. The two firms said the FDA had accepted for a priority Review the supplemental Biologics License Application for Dupixent in adolescents aged 12 to 17 with moderate-to-severe

  • Drug resistant superbugs are killing 33,000 in Europe each year

    November 5, 2018 11:31 PM 125

    LONDON (Reuters) - Superbug infections resistant to multiple antibiotics kill around 33,000 people a year in Europe, health experts said on Monday, and the burden of these diseases is comparable to that of flu, tuberculosis and HIV combined. An analysis by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) found the impact of drug-resistant

  • Novartis abandons effort for U.S. approval of biosimilar rituximab

    November 2, 2018 11:31 PM 130

    (Reuters) - Novartis International AG said on Friday that its Sandoz division is abandoning an effort to gain U.S. regulatory approval for a biosimilar of rituximab, a medication used to treat certain cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sought additional information to support the company’s

  • Alkermes' depression treatment fails to get FDA panel backing

    November 2, 2018 12:05 AM 142

    (Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday voted against approving Alkermes Plc’s treatment for depression in patients with an inadequate response to standard antidepressant therapies. The decision comes two days after FDA staff reviewers flagged abuse potential for the opioid-based depression treatment

  • FDA approves Novartis' copy of AbbVie bestseller Humira

    October 31, 2018 3:21 PM 133

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Novartis AG’s copy of Humira, the world’s bestselling prescription medicine developed by U.S.-based AbbVie Inc, the agency’s website showed on Wednesday. Although approved, Novartis’ Sandoz unit can only begin U.S. sales of Humira’s biosimilar in 2023, according to a licensing agreement

  • Bulgaria detects bird flu at two duck farms

    October 29, 2018 3:10 PM 110

    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s food safety agency reported an outbreak of the virulent bird flu virus on Monday on two duck farms in southern Bulgaria. All ducks in the farms in the village of Malevo and the village of Garvanovo will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, which was confirmed by laboratory tests, the agency said in a statement