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AstraZeneca inhaler lags GSK drug in lung disease trial

A new AstraZeneca inhaler for chronic lung disease proved worse than a rival GlaxoSmithKline product in a clinical trial.

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Toxin at heart of drug recall shows holes in medical safety net

A toxin inadvertently produced in the manufacture of a widely prescribed medicine but not spotted for years raises questions about regulators’ ability to detect risks in a sprawling global drug supply chain increasingly reliant on factories in China.

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Tainted heart drug from second Chinese firm pulled off EU market

Heart drugs containing an active ingredient from a second Chinese company are being recalled from the European market after detection of a toxic impurity that may cause cancer.

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U.S. health secretary says agency has power to eliminate drug rebates

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs.

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Japan’s Eisai sets price tag of about $16,000 on liver cancer drug

Japan’s Eisai Co. Ltd. will price the company’s cancer drug Lenvima at about $16,000 for a month’s supply before discounts, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the product’s use in patients with a common form of liver cancer.

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Trump administration seeks cuts in production of abused opioids

The Trump administration said it was proposing that U.S. pharmaceutical companies cut production of the six most abused opioids by 10 percent next year.

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Biogen’s muscle drug Spinraza too costly for Britain

Biogen’s muscle disease treatment Spinraza has been deemed too expensive for use on Britain’s state-run health service, even after a price discount offered by the U.S. drugmaker.

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Amicus sets $315,000 price for new Fabry disease treatment

Amicus Therapeutics set an average price of $315,000 per year for the company’s newly approved Fabry disease treatment.

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India’s Hetero pulls heart drug from U.S.

A unit of India’s Hetero Drugs is recalling some batches of the blood pressure and heart medicine valsartan in the United States amid a wider probe into cancer risks associated with the drug.

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GW Pharmaceuticals Slaps Price Tag on Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug

GW Pharmaceuticals revealed a $32,500 price for the company’s cannabis-based epilepsy drug Epidiolex.

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