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VBI’s shares plunge after hep B vaccine fails secondary goal in late-stage trial

VBI Vaccines Inc said on Monday a late-stage study was unsuccessful in showing two doses of its hepatitis B vaccine were as effective as three doses of an older vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline, sending its shares plunging 66%.

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Eleven U.S. cancer centers get to charge more for care

For several decades, certain cancer centers have been allowed by the U.S. government to charge more for the care they give. A new study finds the care given at these centers isn’t very different from that received at other top-notch facilities.

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Israel’s Zebra Medical gets FDA ok for brain bleeds product

Zebra Medical Vision, an Israel medical imaging analytics company, said on Monday it received its third clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its alert for intracranial hemorrhage, based on head CT scans.

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U.S. records 22 new measles cases, bringing year’s total to 1,044

The United States recorded 22 new measles cases last week, bringing the year’s total number of cases to 1,044 in the worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

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GSK pharma head flags need for speed in high-pressure drug market

Doing things one at a time in drug development is not a luxury that GlaxoSmithKline can afford any longer, the head of pharmaceuticals at Britain’s largest drugmaker told Reuters.

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U.S. measles cases hit 1044 this year

The United States recorded 22 new measles cases last week, a 2.2% increase, taking the total cases for the year to 1,044 in the worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

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Brain fever kills 97 children in east India

Nearly 100 children have died this month from encephalitis, commonly known as brain fever, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, a state health official said on Monday.

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VBI hepatitis B vaccine meets main goals in late-stage trial

VBI Vaccines Inc said on Monday a late-stage study testing its hepatitis B vaccine met its main goals.

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eSwatini bans imports of live pigs from countries affected by African swine fever

The Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, banned imports of live pigs on Monday from countries that test positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) after an outbreak of the disease in neighboring South Africa.

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Ebola’s spread shows how science needs societies to succeed

LONDON – The persistence of Congo’s Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say.

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Brazil asks for WTO investigation of Indonesia on poultry trade

The Brazilian government has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to open a panel to investigate Indonesian policies on Brazil’s poultry exports, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.

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Health Canada to allow some edible cannabis products starting mid-December

Health Canada said on Friday that some edible cannabis products, extracts and topicals would be sold in physical or online stores from mid-December.

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U.S. drugmakers file lawsuit against requiring drug prices in TV ads

U.S. drugmakers filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a new government regulation that would require them to disclose the list price of prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer television advertisements.

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WHO panel decides not to declare international Ebola emergency

A World Health Organization panel decided on Friday not to declare an international emergency over Congo’s Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, concluding such a declaration could cause too much economic harm.

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U.S. drugmakers file lawsuit against rule requiring drug prices in TV ads

U.S. drugmakers on Friday filed a lawsuit to prevent the companies from disclosing the list price of prescription drugs in direct-to-consumer television advertisements as per a newly proposed government regulation.

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U.S. cities propose framework for nationwide opioid settlement talks

Lawyers for counties and municipalities suing drug manufacturers and distributors over their alleged roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Friday pitched a novel plan that would bring all 24,500 communities nationally into their negotiations for billions of dollars in settlements.

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Bluebird prices gene therapy at 1.58 million euros over 5 years

Bluebird bio Inc on Friday set a price for its gene therapy, Zynteglo, at 1.58 million euros ($1.78 million) over five years, after winning conditional approval in Europe this month to treat a rare genetic blood disorder.

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WHO panel decides not to declare Ebola emergency: statement

A World Health Organization (WHO) advisory panel decided on Friday not to declare an international public health emergency over the Ebola outbreak in Congo and Uganda, saying that the criteria had not been met.

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Canada’s health regulator says some cannabis products to launch mid December

Health Canada said on Friday that some edible cannabis products, extracts and topicals will be sold in physical or online stores from mid December.

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Listening to music may ease cancer patients’ pain

(Reuters Health) – Listening to music at home may reduce cancer patients’ pain and fatigue and ease symptoms like loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating, according to research in Taiwan.

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Experimental mobile app helps manage migraines

(Reuters Health) – A smartphone-based relaxation app could help migraine sufferers reduce the number of headaches they get each month, a small study suggests.

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Death toll from UK hospital listeria outbreak rises to five

The number of people to die from a listeria outbreak in British hospitals has risen to five from three, Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday.

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Pharmacies may not stock naloxone, despite statewide orders

(Reuters Health) – More than three years after Pennsylvania issued a statewide order expanding access to the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone, the product was still hard to purchase in Philadelphia pharmacies, researchers found.

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Got an antibiotic prescription from your dentist? Chances are, it might be unnecessary

(Reuters Health) – More than three-quarters of antibiotic prescriptions written by dentists before dental procedures are unnecessary and might do more harm than good, a new U.S. study found.

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Bluebird prices gene therapy at 1.575 million euros over five years

Bluebird bio Inc on Friday set a price for its gene therapy, Zynteglo, at 1.575 million euros ($1.78 million) over five years, after winning conditional approval in Europe this month to treat a rare genetic blood disorder.