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Pricing is key for new heart drugs challenging cheap generics
By Reuters | September 02, 2014
Doctors looking at highly encouraging clinical trial results for new heart drugs at the world's largest cardiology meeting this week are missing one piece of data that will be critical to their success—the price. While new treatments on show in Barcelona are certainly moving cardiovascular...
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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp proves promising in primate study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa—once more of it can be made.
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New Novartis heart disease drug shows big promise in study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade—a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20%.
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Data Points for Sept. 1, 2014
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Sept. 1, 2014, covered the following topics: the uninsured, nursing home quality, home health aide pay, GOP Obamacare legal fees, opioid overuse, dental practice profitability
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IBM to sell Watson's brainpower to speed clinical and academic research
By Darius Tahir | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
IBM on Thursday rolled out yet another healthcare use of its Watson computing technology, namely to help academic and clinical researchers sort through mountains of research data.
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U.S. to begin safety-testing Ebola vaccine next week
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus
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Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies
By Associated Press | August 25, 2014
A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday, as a top U.N. delegation promised more help for countries battling the virulent disease during a visit to Sierra Leone.
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Roche to buy U.S. biotech firm InterMune for $8.3B
By Associated Press | August 24, 2014
Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune, a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.
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Hydrocodone limits may affect long-term-care patients: critics
By Sabriya Rice | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocates of tighter painkiller control are praising the recent Drug Enforcement Administration decision to impose tighter restrictions on the prescription painkiller hydrocodone, but others say that as a result, it now may be more difficult for long-term-care patients to access pain treatment in a...
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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect
By Associated Press | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.
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