Month: September 2019

AstraZeneca, Merck ovarian cancer treatment improves progression-free survival

AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc said on Monday their treatment for newly diagnosed advanced ovarian

CVS suspends sales of Zantac brand and generic heartburn drug during safety review

CVS Health Corp said on Saturday it will discontinue sales the popular Zantac heartburn treatment and its own generic ranitidine products from its pharmacies after traces of a known carcinogen were found in some of the products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Low response rate reported for Amgen targeted drug in colon cancer trial

An experimental Amgen Inc drug that targets a specific genetic mutation shrank tumors in just one of 12 patients with advanced colorectal cancer who were given the highest dose in a small, early-stage trial, the company said on Saturday.

India’s Strides Pharma halts U.S. sales of heartburn drug

India’s Strides Pharma Science Ltd said on Friday it has halted sales of its heartburn drug Ranitidine in the U.S. market as it conducts tests to identify possible cancer-causing impurities in the tablets.

Factbox: U.S. lawsuits take aim at vaping

Several deaths and potentially hundreds of illnesses tied to e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor, often flavored, without smoking, have been reported by U.S. health agency. Lawsuits on behalf of young consumers have been filed against e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc and others are expected amid increasing scrutiny.

New Zealand funds manuka honey trademark bid, leaving Australia with sour taste

The New Zealand government is supporting a bid by the country’s honey producers to trademark the name “manuka” in China, angering Australian rivals who fear losing out in their joint biggest market for the lucrative product.

South Korea confirms fourth case of African swine fever

South Korea confirmed on Tuesday its fourth case of African swine fever at a hog farm in a town 40 km (25 miles) north of its capital Seoul, just a week after the deadly disease was first discovered in the country.

Tens of thousands march for ban on abortions in Slovakia

Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia’s capital on Sunday calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.

Congo to deploy second Ebola vaccine

Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday that they plan to introduce a second Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, to counter the second-worst outbreak of the virus in history.

U.S. scientists join effort to solve mysterious vaping-related illnesses

The U.S. investigation into hundreds of cases of life-threatening lung illnesses related to vaping has turned up a curious abnormality: Many of the victims had pockets of oil clogging up cells responsible for removing impurities in the lungs.

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