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EU medicines agency recommends approval of Novartis leukemia drug Rydapt

ZURICH (Reuters) – A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel recommended on Friday approval of a new Novartis drug to be used against a tough-to-cure form of blood cancer as the Swiss drugmaker makes headway on refreshing its oncology portfolio. The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) backed Rydapt against acute myeloid leukemia […]

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UK will pay for Roche breast cancer drug

A breast cancer drug at the center of a prolonged pricing row in Britain will now be paid for routinely following a discount deal between Roche and the NHS.

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Hundreds of Patient Deaths Linked to Roche’s RA Drug Actemra

Roche’s seven-year-old rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra is being linked to hundreds of deaths due to undisclosed side effects.

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The Best Defense is a Good Quality Offense

While data help manufacturers fix plant-floor problems and trace quality issues to their source, it also can prevent recalls. Why not proactively use data to attain an end-to-end view of operations so that product quality can be ensured while reducing recalls?

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New MS Drug Linked to Deadly Brain Infection

Roche is investigating a case of a German patient diagnosed with a deadly brain infection called PML after taking one dose of the company’s new MS drug Ocrevus.

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WHO wants transparency, market revamp for fairer drug pricing therape

The world needs greater transparency on the pricing of medicines – and an overhaul of some approaches – in order to increase access to life-saving drugs, global health experts said.

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In Europe, U.S., modern AIDS drugs add extra 10 years of life expectancy

Life expectancy for young HIV-positive adults has risen by 10 years in the United States and Europe.

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U.S. prescription drug spending as high as $610 billion by 2021: report

Spending on prescription medicines in the United States will increase 4-7 percent through 2021, reaching $580 billion to $610 billion, according to a report released by QuintilesIMS Holdings.

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GSK’s Advair faces first direct competition

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. launched an asthma inhaler that will be the first direct competition to GlaxoSmithKline’s best-selling Advair.

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Trump Taps Congressman as Next ‘Drug Czar’

President Trump, hoping to take on the opioid epidemic sweeping parts of America, tapped U.S. Rep. Tom Marino to head up the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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