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  • Sanofi drug Dupixent wins FDA approval to treat asthma

    October 20, 2018 1:20 AM 120

    (Reuters) - France’s Sanofi SA said on Friday eczema drug Dupixent was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an additional maintenance therapy in patients with two types of asthma. Dupixent, co-developed with U.S.-based Regeneron, received approval to treat patients with eosinophilic asthma and those dependent on anti-inflammatory steroids

  • Court dismisses Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling

    October 19, 2018 2:11 AM 118

    (Reuters) - Australia’s competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court’s decision on whether Pfizer Inc’s local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sought leave to appeal against

  • Bulgaria reports bird flu outbreak on two farms in south

    October 18, 2018 3:50 PM 106

    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bird flu has broken out on a duck farm and a poultry farm in southern Bulgaria, the country’s food safety agency said on Thursday. All ducks and chickens at the farms in the village of Voivodovo will be culled, the agency said, without identifying the strain of the virus. It also banned the trade and movement of domestic, wild and other

  • Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell

    October 18, 2018 2:10 PM 99

    Cazenovia High School sophomore Jake Tobin, left, helps Fairport High School senior Luke Fortner, center, during a cross country race in Auburn, N.Y. Fortner, who is legally blind, fell towards the end of the race but was assisted by Tobin, and Jerry Thompson, right, his running aide. (AP) AUBURN, N.Y. – A New York high school cross-country athlete is being

  • China bans pigs and pork products imports from Moldova

    October 17, 2018 8:59 AM 114

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned imports of pigs and pork products from Moldova to prevent spread of African swine fever, Chinese customs said on Wednesday. The ban followed five African swine fever outbreaks reported in Moldova, the customs said in a statement on its website. China also ordered the return or destruction of products shipped from the European

  • Wegmans recalls store brand hummus that 'may contain pieces of black plastic'

    October 16, 2018 9:35 PM 116

    Attention, Wegmans customers: the company is recalling its own hummus products. The hummus involved in the recall includes the 8-ounce and 32-ounce sizes of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Original Hummus. The 8-ounce version has the Universal Product Code (UPC) 77890-26213, while the 32-ounce version has the UPC 77890-26221. Wegmans noted the recall

  • FDA approves Pfizer's drug for advanced breast cancer

    October 16, 2018 4:29 PM 112

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it approved Pfizer Inc’s drug for an advanced form of breast cancer tied to an inherited gene mutation. The drug, talazoparib, belongs to a closely watched class of new medicines called PARP inhibitors, which block enzymes involved in repairing damaged DNA, thereby helping to kill cancer

  • Chinese drug regulator fines Changsheng Bio-Tech unit over vaccine scandal

    October 16, 2018 11:36 AM 131

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s drug regulator imposed penalties on a unit of Changsheng Bio-Technology worth 9.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) over a vaccine scandal, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The penalties involved a fine and the confiscation of illegal earnings. The drug authority also banned 14 executives of Changsheng Bio-Technology from working

  • China's Dabeinong reports suspected African swine fever case on farm: media

    October 16, 2018 3:16 AM 120

    BEIJING (Reuters) - One of China’s top animal feed producers said on Tuesday an affiliated firm has culled nearly 20,000 pigs due to a suspected case of African swine fever, according to a report by the China Securities Journal. Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co Ltd reported the information to investors in an online interactive platform on Tuesday

  • WHO emergency committee to meet on Congo's Ebola outbreak

    October 15, 2018 2:39 PM 112

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene an emergency committee on Wednesday to decide whether Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, the global health body said on Monday. The committee of independent experts may make recommendations to manage the outbreak