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U.S. agency told Mylan that EpiPen was misclassified

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal health agency said on Wednesday it had "expressly advised" Mylan NV that the drugmaker had improperly classified its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment in a way that allowed it to pay lower rebates to state health programs. Learn More


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FDA approves Medtronic's 'artificial pancreas' for diabetes

(Reuters) - Medtronic Plc won U.S. approval on Wednesday for an "artificial pancreas" that is the first device to automatically deliver the right dose of insulin to patients with type 1 diabetes, freeing them from continually monitoring insulin levels throughout each day. More »


The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot'

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Centuries ago, Indian princes would bathe in the cool Kazhipally lake in Medak. Now, even the poorest villagers here in India's baking south point to the barren banks and frothy water and say they avoid going anywhere near it. More »


NBTY to genetically test herbal supplements under NY accord

NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBTY Inc, one of the largest U.S. herbal supplement producers, has agreed to conduct an advanced form of genetic testing to ensure that its herbal products contain what their labels say they contain, New York's attorney general said on Wednesday. More »


Twitter may open door to people's thoughts on heart health

(Reuters Health) - Twitter may be a rich vein researchers can mine for data on what people think and say about cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. More »


Old heart device wires tied to complications, death risk

(Reuters Health) - Patients with pacemakers and defibrillators are about twice as likely to have minor and life-threatening complications when having them removed if old wiring was left behind in earlier procedures to replace or upgrade devices, a U.S. study suggests. More »


Back to school season may mean surge in concussion risk

(Reuters Health) - When children return to school each fall they face at least twice the concussion risk they had during summer vacation, a U.S. study suggests. More »


Treatment could lower crash risk for truckers with sleep apnea

(Reuters Health) - Commercial truck drivers who get treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for two years may reduce their crash risk to the level of drivers without apnea, a study from Italy suggests. More »


Egypt approves tougher jail terms for FGM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has approved a law that will increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcisions, raising the maximum sentence to seven years from two, according to the state's official gazette on Wednesday. More »


Thailand rules out Zika link in two microcephaly cases; investigating two

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand ruled out on Wednesday Zika as the cause of two cases of microcephaly but is investigating two other cases that could be the first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia of the condition that results in babies being born with small heads. More »


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