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‘Ground-breaking’ new drug gives hope in Huntington’s disease

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington’s disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope…

FDA OKs Sanofi’s follow-on biologic of Lilly’s diabetes drug Humalog

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved Sanofi SA’s Admelog as the first follow-on biologic version of Eli Lilly and Co’s fast-acting insulin, Humalog.…

Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

(Reuters) – A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said would reduce how…

Austria to drop impending smoking ban, bucking Western trend

VIENNA (Reuters) – While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria’s impending ban is set to be stubbed out. The small, affluent country is famed…

GSK’s new pharma head on lookout for cancer deals to boost pipeline

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline will scout for deal opportunities in cancer medicine, as well as immunology, as the drugmaker seeks to rebuild its presence in oncology, its new head of…

Roche: Tecentriq cocktail slows kidney cancer progression

ZURICH (Reuters) – Combining Roche’s Tecentriq immunotherapy with its older drug Avastin reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (PFS) for the initial treatment of advanced kidney cancer in…

Merck raises stakes in lung cancer as rivals close in

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc, maker of the only immunotherapy approved for patients newly-diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, could solidify its lead by…

Exclusive: Philippines defied experts’ advice in pursuing dengue immunization program

MANILA (Reuters) – As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation’s then health secretary Janette Garin boasted…

Exclusive: Philippines defied experts’ advice in pursuing dengue immunization program

MANILA (Reuters) – As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation’s then health secretary Janette Garin boasted…

Hospital operators in merger talks to form U.S. industry leader: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a merger between the two Catholic non-profits that would create the largest U.S. hospital chain,…

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