Entries by Andrew Humphreys

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Drugmakers, pharmacies next targets for U.S. opioid settlements

With a $26 billion nationwide settlement in sight over claims that the three largest U.S. drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson helped fuel a nationwide opioid epidemic, state and local governments will soon turn their attention to pharmacies and a handful of drugmakers.

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Drug distributors settle New York opioid claims for up to $1.18 billion

The three largest U.S. drug distributors agreed mid-trial to pay up to $1.18 billion to settle claims by New York state and two of its biggest counties over their role in the nationwide opioid epidemic, the state’s attorney general said on July 20.

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Rising coronavirus cases fuel resurgence fears as Biden ramps up vaccination push

Swiftly rising coronavirus cases across the United States and abroad fueled fears of a pandemic resurgence on July 19 and sent shockwaves through stock markets as the highly contagious Delta variant appeared to be taking hold.

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No trace of mRNA vaccine found in breast milk; gene found that helps identify COVID-19 early

In a roundup of scientific studies on the novel coronavirus, a small study suggests no traces of mRNA vaccines end up in mothers’ breast milk and a gene called IFI27 that becomes activated early in Covid-19 might help identify people most likely to have contracted the virus after coming in contact with an infected person.