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FDA staff question utility of Sanofi diabetes drugs

A preliminary FDA review questioned whether Sanofi’s diabetes drug lixisenatide contributed any benefit to a fixed-dose combo product the company hopes to market.

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France faults Bial and Biotrial over fatal drug trial

Portuguese drugmaker Bial and French laboratory Biotrial are at fault “on several counts” for a fatal drug trial that left one person dead and five others hospitalized in January, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said.

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Sanofi Reshuffles Executive Committee

Sanofi has shuffled around some of its top leaders in support of its 2020 strategic roadmap as three executives have announced their intentions leave the company.

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Arbor Pharma Acquiring Restless Leg Drug Company XenoPort

Atlanta-based Arbor Pharmaceuticals announced that it was acquiring Santa Clara, California-based XenoPort for approximately $467 million.

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Australia watchdog appeals $1.2 million Reckitt Benckiser fine as too light

Australia’s competition watchdog has filed an appeal against a fine of A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) imposed on British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser for misleading consumers on painkiller marketing, arguing that it is too light.

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Marketing in a Digital World

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World Bank launches $500 million insurance fund to fight pandemics

The World Bank said it was launching a $500 million, fast-disbursing insurance fund to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries, creating the world’s first insurance market for pandemic risk.

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FDA targets sugar in new labeling rules

The U.S. FDA said it would update guidelines for nutritional labels on packaged food and beverages to include info on added sugar and to prominently display calorie count and servings.

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CDC says 157 pregnant women in U.S. test positive for Zika

Some 157 pregnant women in the United States and another 122 in U.S. territories have tested positive for infection with the Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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New HIV vaccine trial aims to build on earlier modest success

A late-stage trial will begin later this year in South Africa to test the effectiveness of an HIV vaccine that has shown promise in earlier trials, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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