(Reuters) – Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (4502.T) said on Thursday Japan’s Fair Trade Commission had approved its $62 billion acquisition of Shire Plc (SHP.L), bringing the Japanese firm closer to sealing a deal that will make it a global top 10 drugmaker. FILE PHOTO: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co’s logo is seen at its new headquarters in […]

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – A growing number of U.S. seniors are choosing Medicare Advantage, the popular private insurance alternative to traditional coverage. But a new report by federal investigators finds that Advantage plans have a pattern of inappropriately denying patient claims. FILE PHOTO: Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules are arranged in the shape of a U.S. dollar […]

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(Reuters) – AbbVie Inc (ABBV.N) said on Friday that Chief Financial Officer William Chase is retiring in mid-2019 and named its controller, Robert Michael, his immediate successor as CFO. FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the share price for Pharmaceutical maker AbbVie on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File […]

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5-year-old boy dies after 17 days with rare cancer Luke Morin from Denver was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a form of brain tumor found in children. There is no cure for DIPG and no form of treatment available. Luke’s family is now hoping to raise awareness and funds for better research. At […]

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ZURICH/MUNICH (Reuters) – An immunotherapy cocktail from Roche helped slow an aggressive type of breast cancer where new treatments have proven elusive, offering positive news for the Swiss drugmaker as it chases medicines produced by its rivals. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss Pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in Basel January 30, […]

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ZURICH (Reuters) – An experimental cancer drug that Novartis hopes will raise the profile of its oncology portfolio cut the risk of death or disease progression by more than a third in breast cancer patients with a hard-to-target gene mutation. FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ logo is seen at the company’s plant in the northern […]

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<!–[CDATA[MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) – A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. A staff member works in a diaper recycling facility in Spresiano near Treviso, northern Italy, August 31, […]

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(Reuters) – France’s Sanofi SA said on Friday eczema drug Dupixent was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an additional maintenance therapy in patients with two types of asthma. Dupixent, co-developed with U.S.-based Regeneron, received approval to treat patients with eosinophilic asthma and those dependent on anti-inflammatory steroids. The drug acts by […]

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(Reuters health) – While symptoms like chest or belly pain might reasonably drive you to the emergency room with worries about a heart attack or appendicitis, your insurance company might decide not to pay if it turns out your fears were unfounded, a new study suggests. With the price of emergency room care going up, […]

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(Reuters health) – Playing golf is associated with better strength and balance, a sharper mind, a lower risk of heart disease and a longer life, according to public health experts who say more people should take up the sport. While an estimated 60 million people play golf at least twice a year, golfers are primarily […]

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