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Texas Prison Agency Replenishes Execution Drug Supply

March 25, 2015 2:27 pm | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month can be carried out.

USDA Develops New Poultry Vaccine, Incorporates New Testing Standard

March 25, 2015 8:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. Agriculture Department scientists recently announced a new vaccine to protect chickens...

Uncertainty About Doctors' Pay Has Taken a Toll on Medicare

March 25, 2015 8:41 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may...

Official: Ebola Survivor May Have Infected New Liberia Case

March 25, 2015 8:21 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease,...

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How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 11:22 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Polls generally show that the majority of Americans are on board with the death penalty. In October 2014, Gallup reported that 63 percent of Americans were in favor of capital punishment while 33 percent were opposed.

HHS Seeks to Develop Improved Anthrax Vaccine

March 24, 2015 8:08 am | News | Comments

Advanced development is underway on an improved anthrax vaccine that could provide protection in fewer doses than the currently licensed anthrax vaccine and so may be more cost-effective to stockpile.

Material Airlocks: Welcome to the 21st Century

March 23, 2015 4:21 pm | by Jerrod Shook, Director, Aseptic Processing Technology IPS-Integrated Project Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In recent years, new technology has provided a number of significant improvements to aseptic processing facilities.

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Robert Kennedy Jr. Speaks Out Against Vaccine Requirements

March 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Calling the federal agency that oversees vaccines a "sock puppet" for that industry, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke out Monday in favor of allowing parents to choose whether to vaccinate their children.

Single Use Disposables: Risk Reduction AND Operational Flexibility – Too Good to be True?

March 23, 2015 8:59 am | by Robert Roy, IPS | Blogs | Comments

The past several years have witnessed a significant increase in the rate of adoption for single use disposable systems for aseptic fill/finish applications.  Paralleling recent advances in flexible aseptic filling lines, single-use disposable systems (SUDS) for aseptic fill/finish facilities promise increased flexibility and streamlined operations.

Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 8:50 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial.

Guinea Trial Begins for Suspected Killers of Ebola Workers

March 23, 2015 8:45 am | News | Comments

Trial has begun in a remote region of Guinea of suspects in the killings of five Ebola health workers and three journalists last September.

The Flexible Filling Line: The Crossover Vehicle for Aseptic Manufacturing

March 23, 2015 8:34 am | by Paul Valerio, IPS | Blogs | Comments

People want it all, don’t they?  The type of cars many drive is one indicator.  Crossover vehicles have become a very popular vehicle segment.  They offer: practicality while still maintaining a cool factor; spaciousness with decent fuel efficiency; and car-like handling with the safety of all wheel drive for slippery conditions. 

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Academic Research Added More than $1 Trillion to U.S. Economy

March 23, 2015 8:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Over nearly two decades, inventions and products licensed by academic institutions contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, according to a recent report from the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Texas Ready to Dump High School Steroids Testing Program

March 20, 2015 8:31 am | by JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroids testing program over fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow. But almost no one did.

Officials Urge Meningitis Shots at University of Oregon

March 20, 2015 8:27 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of the undergraduates at the University of Oregon have not been vaccinated against meningitis, despite the fact that one student has died and five others have been sickened since January.

Emails: World Health Organization Resisted Declaring Ebola Emergency

March 20, 2015 8:20 am | by MARIA CHENG, Associated Press; RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until last summer, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy.

Biogen Idec Releases Alzheimer's Drug Data

March 20, 2015 8:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biogen Idec released much anticipated results from a study of a potential Alzheimer's disease treatment on Friday, showing that it slowed cognitive decline in some patients.

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Evotec and Sanofi Sign Agreement for Major Multi-Component Strategic Alliance

March 20, 2015 8:05 am | News | Comments

Evotec AG today announced that a definitive agreement for a major multi-component strategic alliance over the next five years has been signed with Sanofi. The transaction is expected to close on 31 March 2015.

Analyst: Big Pharma Should Increase Investments in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

March 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Improved coordination between researchers and pharmaceutical companies could help bolster development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, according to an industry analyst.

Boehner, Pelosi See Victories in Fixing Medicare Doctors' Fees

March 19, 2015 8:42 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can.

Report: U.S. Market for Asthma Treatment to See Modest Growth

March 19, 2015 8:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The analysis by New York-based GBI Research predicted the recent expiration of patents for several of the top current therapeutics--most notably Singulair, Advair and Symbicort--would allow generic versions to curb market growth.

Poll: Many Unaware Some Health Subsidies Could Be Ruled Out

March 19, 2015 8:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. But when the potential fallout is explained, most say it would hurt the country and they would look to Congress or the states to fix it.

Herbalife Pyramid-Scheme Suit Dismissed

March 18, 2015 4:12 pm | News | Comments

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Herbalife shareholders who claimed that the business structure and marketing practices of the weight loss and nutritional supplements company violated the law and that they lost money in what amounts to a pyramid scheme.

Vertex Gets FDA Approval of KALYDECO® for Children with Cystic Fibrosis

March 18, 2015 3:54 pm | News | Comments

Vertex Pharmaceuticals has announced that the FDA approved KALYDECO® for use in children ages 2 to 5 with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have one of 10 mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator ( CFTR) gene.

New Cholesterol Drug Could Be Biggest Advance Since Statins

March 18, 2015 8:21 am | News | Comments

Studies show the new drug slashes bad cholesterol, or "LDL," by up to 61% and cuts heart attacks and strokes by more than half.

House Leaders Work on $213B Plan on Doctor Medicare Payments

March 18, 2015 8:08 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press; ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that's vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday.

Equatorial Guinea Holds Malaria Vaccine Trial

March 18, 2015 8:03 am | News | Comments

Equatorial Guinea has held the first clinical trial of a new malaria vaccine known as PfSPZ. Three volunteers participated this month in the trial of the vaccine, which was developed by the American biotechnology company Sanaria.

Aspirin Users with Common Genes May Get Less Colon Cancer

March 17, 2015 3:23 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers have identified common genetic traits that may explain how aspirin can help protect against colon cancer. It's too soon to recommend aspirin for colon cancer prevention and the needed genetic tests aren't available outside of research. But they might be someday if future studies confirm the results.

Medical Waste Found in Arkansas River in Eastern Oklahoma

March 17, 2015 8:24 am | News | Comments

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says medical waste including used vials and syringes has been found in the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.

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