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California jury awards $29 million to woman with cancer who used J&J talc

A California jury awarded $29 million to a woman who said abestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer.

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Companies lose bid to delay opioid epidemic trial

OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and two other drugmakers lost a bid to delay a landmark trial set for May 2019 in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by Oklahoma’s attorney general accusing them of helping fuel an opioid abuse and overdose epidemic in the state.

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Beer first or wine, either way might not be fine

The old adage that drinking beer before wine prevents hangovers turns out to be a myth, German researchers say.

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Spain’s Grifols, China’s Shanghai RAAS form strategic alliance

The Spanish blood products company Grifols signed a strategic alliance with Shanghai RAAS in an effort to increase sales of plasma-derived products in China.

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London HIV patient becomes world’s second AIDS cure hope

An HIV-positive man in Britain became the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, his doctors said.

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Philippines to charge officials of Sanofi, government over deaths linked to vaccine

The Philippine Department of Justice has found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over 10 deaths the department said were linked to use of a dengue vaccine.

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Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe

The spread of superbugs resistant to antimicrobial drugs shows no sign of slowing in Europe, health officials said, making food poisoning and other infections more difficult to treat.

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Court ruling could help J&J defeat St. Louis talc lawsuits

A Missouri Supreme Court ruling on talc lawsuits could reduce the liability and number of large trials Johnson & Johnson faces over allegations the company’s talc products, including baby powder, cause cancer.

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Japan scientists win backing for work on potential Nipah vaccine

A global coalition set up to fight emerging epidemics struck a $31 million deal with scientists at Japan’s University of Tokyo to speed up work on a vaccine against a brain-damaging disease caused by the Nipah virus.

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U.S. top court rejects Maryland bid to revive drug price-gouging law

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Maryland’s bid to revive a law aimed at preventing price gouging by pharmaceutical companies, dealing a setback to the power of states to rein in prescription drug costs.

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