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China Fines GSK $492M for Bribery

September 19, 2014 | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A former executive of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and four Chinese co-defendants have been sentenced to prison in a bribery case but may never have to serve that time. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Briton Mark Reilly and his Chinese co-defendants were given a three-year reprieve at their sentencing Friday.

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Sierra Leone Begins Three-Day Ebola Lockdown

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY, Associated Press | Comments

Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.   

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Judge to Hear Objections to Hopkins Settlement

September 19, 2014 8:25 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

A Baltimore judge was set to hear objections Friday to a preliminary $190 million dollar settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital System and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations.

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CDC Tells Healthy Adults Not to Forget Flu Vaccine

September 18, 2014 3:19 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated.      

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Merck KGaA Strengthens Executive Board

September 18, 2014 2:20 pm | Comments

Merck KGaA today announced that the Board of Partners has promoted Stefan Oschmann to the position of Deputy CEO and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. Concurrently, Belén Garijo was appointed to the Executive Board to take over leadership for the Pharma business.

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Elanco Animal Health, Dow AgroSciences Announce Strategic R&D Agreement

September 18, 2014 9:09 am | Comments

Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, are announcing a strategic R&D agreement that will focus on developing integrated solutions to enable livestock producers to increase meat and milk production to meet the demands of the growing global population.

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NIH: Ebola Unlikely to Become Airborne

September 18, 2014 8:55 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | Comments

It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.        

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Ex-VA Doctor: Phoenix Report a 'Whitewash'

September 18, 2014 8:43 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.  

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FDA OKs Faster-Acting Label for Stendra

September 18, 2014 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators have approved a new label for Vivus' impotence drug, stating that it becomes effective in half the time that the previous label had stated.                

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Bayer to Split Off Polymer Division with IPO

September 18, 2014 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG says it plans a separate stock listing for its polymer division. The Leverkusen-based company that invented aspirin said Thursday the move would be part of an effort to focus the group on its health care and crop science businesses.

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A&M to Dedicate Key Element of Vaccine Center

September 18, 2014 1:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The center is a key part of a $91 million vaccine manufacturing plant at Texas A&M University that proponents hope will create create thousands of jobs while protecting the country against future biological threats and influenza pandemics. 

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Experts Want Restrictions on Testosterone Drug Use

September 17, 2014 6:44 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them. The panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers...

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Study: Americans Endure Unwanted Care Near Death

September 17, 2014 3:54 pm | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press | Comments

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

September 17, 2014 3:30 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | Comments

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments.

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Baxter Recalls One Lot of Potassium Chloride Injection

September 17, 2014 3:00 pm | Comments

Baxter International Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling one lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL, product code 2B0826 to the hospital/pharmacy/nurse level. The recall is being initiated due to a labeling error on the shipping cartons in a single lot, which was identified by three customers.

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First UK Volunteer Gets Experimental Ebola Vaccine

September 17, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety. Ruth Atkins, 48, got the injection on Wednesday in Oxford, the first of 60 healthy volunteers in the U.K. who will receive the vaccine.

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