Health News
Stents no better than drugs for many heart patients: U.S. study11/16/2019 8:56:04 PM Many patients with severe but stable heart disease who routinely undergo invasive procedures to clear and prop open clogged arteries would do as well by just taking medications and making lifestyle changes, U.S. researchers reported on Saturday.
Novartis sickle-cell drug gets U.S. FDA approval11/16/2019 5:09:30 PM (The Nov 16 story corrects to clarify in second graph that patients will be infused by a healthcare provider.)
Oklahoma judge reduces Johnson & Johnson opioid payout to $465 million11/15/2019 11:54:24 PM An Oklahoma judge on Friday said Johnson & Johnson must pay that state $465 million for fueling the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers, down from his original award of $572 million.
BeiGene prices lymphoma drug at $12,935 for a 30-day supply11/15/2019 10:36:12 PM China-based drugmaker BeiGene Ltd on Friday priced its drug, Brukinsa, to treat a rare form of lymphoma at $12,935 for a 30-day supply.
Despite safety guidelines, too many kids get hurt by lawnmowers11/15/2019 10:03:29 PM - Many children are injured by lawnmowers despite safety guidelines in place to prevent these accidents, and kids in rural communities are most at risk, a U.S. study suggests.
When insurance covers IVF, more women use it11/15/2019 9:45:37 PM - When insurance covers in vitro fertilization, more women struggling with infertility, especially those with limited financial resources, will use the method to improve their chances of having a baby, a new study suggests.
Trump says U.S. states will be able to buy prescription drugs abroad11/15/2019 9:08:03 PM President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be giving U.S. states the right to buy prescription drugs from other countries, as part of a bid to boost consumer access to cheaper medicines.
FDA clears Pentax's duodenoscope designed to reduce need for disinfection11/15/2019 7:35:09 PM The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had cleared medical equipment maker Pentax of America's duodenoscope, which is designed to be easier to disinfect and clean than traditional devices.
In states with restrictive abortion laws, women seek online options11/15/2019 7:22:46 PM - There's demand among U.S. women for an online service offering abortion medication, and it's driven mainly by restrictive abortion policies, but also by high costs, stigma or simply the appeal of a private, at-home solution, a small study suggests.
Smokers who switch to vaping rapidly boost heart health in trial11/15/2019 7:21:15 PM Chronic smokers who switched from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarette vapes in a large randomized control trial saw a significant improvement in markers of heart health after just a month, researchers said on Friday.
Roche buys U.S. drugmaker Promedior for up to $1.4 billion to get lung drug11/15/2019 5:24:26 PM Swiss drugmaker Roche is paying up to $1.4 billion to buy U.S. biotech company Promedior, whose main drug candidate against the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is set to begin late-stage trials, Promedior said on Friday.
Women in prison have higher rates of HPV, cervical cancer11/15/2019 4:26:47 PM - Across the world, imprisoned women have higher rates of cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that can lead to cancer, according to a research review.
Congo president says Ebola outbreak should be over this year11/15/2019 4:13:03 PM An outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be eradicated by the end of 2019, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Friday.
ResTORbio stops testing lead drug for respiratory illness; shares crash11/15/2019 3:32:27 PM Shares of drug developer ResTORbio Inc plunged more than 80% to a record low on Friday after a late-stage trial failure prompted the company to abandon testing its lead drug as a treatment for respiratory illness.
GSK sees breakthrough in shingles vaccine output in 202411/15/2019 1:01:17 PM GlaxoSmithKline said further growth from its shingles vaccine, which has boosted earnings, would be reined in by limited capacity until 2024, but a new bioreactor facility would then be ready to bring a step change in production.
Jazz Pharma's sleep disorder drug gets European panel backing11/15/2019 12:32:08 PM Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc's treatment for a form of sleep disorder has been recommended for approval in Europe by a panel of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the regulator said on Friday.
Pakistan deploys new vaccine against 'superbug' typhoid outbreak11/15/2019 10:20:07 AM Pakistan began vaccinating millions of children against typhoid on Friday to try to control a drug-resistant superbug outbreak of the fever that has already infected some 11,000 people since 2016 and risks spreading internationally.
Former deputy head of China's drug regulator sentenced to 16 years in prison11/15/2019 9:27:05 AM Wu Zhen, a former deputy head of China's food and drug regulator, was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Chinese court, state television reported on Friday.
FDA panel unanimously backs expanding use of Amarin's heart drug Vascepa11/14/2019 11:03:20 PM A panel of experts to the U.S. FDA recommended allowing Amarin Corp Plc's fish-oil derived drug to be used as an add-on therapy for reducing the chance of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease.
China's BeiGene gets FDA approval for drug to treat rare form of lymphoma11/14/2019 10:15:53 PM The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved BeiGene Ltd's lymphoma treatment, validating the China-based drugmaker's strategy of largely using data from trials held outside the United States to file for approval.