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 •  October 4

A male assistant health minister was left lost for words after finding out that a legal abortion in Australia can cost women up to $700. Nationals MP David Gillespie, who is also a doctor, was taken to task by Sky News presenter Samantha Maiden on Wednesday when she asked him about abortion drug RU486. 'Do you think women in Australia, particularly...

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 •  September 22

Up to 1,000 women with one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer could have their survival chances boosted after a breakthrough by British scientists. They discovered an existing drug may prevent cancer cells multiplying. The women have a type of breast cancer called LAR triple negative, which is extremely difficult to treat as tumours grow so...

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 •  July 25

Asda has sparked a price war after becoming the first British supermarket to sell a controversial hair loss drug. The popular retailer has slashed the price charged by high street chemists for finasteride by as much as 75 per cent. It is offering a month's supply of the 1mg tablets, which have been used by US President Donald Trump, for £28 - the...

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 •  May 31

The US state of Ohio on Wednesday sued five major producers of prescription opioid medications, accusing them of lying about the deadly risks the painkillers -- at the center of a nationwide addiction crisis -- posed to public health. The suit seeks to hold the companies accountable for harm to patients by blocking the drugs' allegedly deceptive...

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 •  March 15

By Arathy S Nair March 15 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc posted higher than expected full-year profit thanks to higher margins and said it expects profitability in its growing generics drugs business to improve significantly this year. Shares in Hikma, which makes and markets branded and non-branded generic and injectable drugs and...

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 •  February 14

There is a high chance that the medicines prescribed routinely may not be helping people as they are just duds. Drugs as common as paracetamol and certain antibiotics, readily available at chemist shops, may be fake and not of standard quality, a government report has warned. In January 2014, at least 32 medicines sold in hospitals and chemist...

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 •  February 14

Reforms to the formula used to ration expensive medicines will make it harder for patients to get new life-saving drugs, campaigners say The rationing body, NICE, plans to lower cost threshold for new treatments and end priority given to patients who are dying Reforms to the formula used to ration expensive medicines will make it harder for NHS...

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 •  February 14

Sufferers of the incurable blood cancer multiple myeloma have been given new hope after results from a trial into a new treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to find and kill cancer cells. The study, published in the New England Journal Of Medicine, found that adding the drug elotuzumab to standard therapy can reduce the risk of disease...