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Mylan to launch first generic to EpiPen allergy injection
29 Aug 2016 at 3:43am
(Reuters) - Mylan NV said on Monday it would launch the first generic to its allergy auto-injector EpiPen at a discount of more than 50 percent to the branded product's list price. The company reduced the out-of-pocket costs of EpiPen for some patients last week amid a wave of criticism from lawmakers and the public over the rapid escalation in the product's price in the past few years. Mylan said it expected to launch the generic product "in several weeks" at a list price of $300.
U.S. FDA issues emergency use authorization for Zika test: Roche
29 Aug 2016 at 3:18am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued emergency authorization for a Zika diagnostics test from Swiss drugmaker Roche, skirting normal approval channels as the regulator moves to fight the disease's spread. Zika virus, detected in Brazil and elsewhere last year before spreading to the Americas, is associated with microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an unusually small head and potential developmental problems. Through last week, the United States reported 2,517 Zika cases, 29 of which were likely acquired locally in Florida through mosquito bites and the rest brought in by travelers, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Suicide bomber kills 54 in Yemen attack: health ministry
29 Aug 2016 at 2:53am
A suicide bomber killed at least 54 people when he drove a car bomb into a militia compound in Aden on Monday, the health ministry said, in one of the deadliest attacks claimed by Islamic State in the southern Yemeni port city. The director general of Yemen's health ministry in Aden, al-Khader Laswar, told Reuters that at least 67 other people were wounded in the attack in the city's Mansoura district. The militant Islamic State group said in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency one of its suicide bombers carried out the bombing.
Medicare Advantage audits reveal pervasive overcharges
29 Aug 2016 at 2:00am
Audits find that 35 of 37 health plans billed too much for treatment of some diseases
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
29 Aug 2016 at 1:49am
Singapore on Monday sent teams armed with protective suits, fogging machines and insecticide to wage war on mosquitoes after the discovery of dozens of Zika infections sparked alarm in the city-state. Inspectors from the National Environment Agency checking for mosquito breeding sites visited homes in the suburban district where 41 cases -- mostly foreign workers at a condominium construction project -- were reported at the weekend. Nearly all have recovered but five more suspected cases of Zika virus infection were reported Monday by a clinic, local media said.
Singapore mass sprays residences as Zika expected to spread
29 Aug 2016 at 12:51am
By Christophe Van Der Perre and Edgar Su SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Officials sprayed insecticide and cleared drains of stagnant water in residential areas of Singapore at high risk of further Zika infections on Monday after 41 locally transmitted cases were confirmed in the city state. The health ministry on Saturday confirmed Singapore's first locally-transmitted case of Zika, with the tally rising to 41 just a day later. Singapore, a major regional financial center and busy transit hub, which maintains a constant vigil against the mosquito-borne dengue virus, reported its first case of the Zika virus in May, brought in by a middle-aged man who had been to Brazil.
Clinton could face mounting problem with health overhaul
29 Aug 2016 at 12:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether "Obamacare" will go down as a failed experiment.
Afghanistan launches polio drive in former IS areas
28 Aug 2016 at 11:52pm
Afghanistan launched a polio vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at reaching children in areas previously controlled by Islamic State group militants, officials said. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world where polio remains endemic -- a fact blamed on opposition to immunisation by Islamist groups, who claim the vaccines are a conspiracy to sterilise Muslims or a cover for spying. The latest five-day drive will look to reach about 9.5 million children nationwide, the health ministry's Sardar Parwiz told AFP, with officials hoping to take advantage of reduced fighting in the east following successes from US-backed military operations.
Japan promises Kenya aid to fund development, power generation
28 Aug 2016 at 11:49pm
Japan will give Kenya 1 billion yen ($9.78 million) in aid to spur economic and social development, and will extend an as yet unspecified amount for a geothermal power project, the leaders of the two countries said. Resource-poor Japan has long been keen on tapping Africa's vast natural resources, even more so since dependence on oil and natural gas imports jumped after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster shut almost all its nuclear reactors. "Japan will extend grant aid for economic and social development amounting to one billion yen," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a joint statement late on Sunday.
Playing with sports concussion doubles recovery time: Study
28 Aug 2016 at 9:09pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action, a study found.
More U.S. counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly: analysis
28 Aug 2016 at 7:53pm
By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 31 percent of U.S. counties that will have just a single option of insurers within the ACA's exchanges would represent an increase from 7 percent this year, the nonpartisan group found. UnitedHealth Group Inc and Aetna Inc have decided to largely exit government-run online marketplaces in 2017 that sell subsidized plans created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law, citing low enrollment and high service costs.
Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus
28 Aug 2016 at 4:55pm
By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and said it expected more cases to be identified. All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the Health Ministry and the National Environment Agency said in a statement on Sunday. On Saturday, authorities confirmed a 47-year-old Malaysian woman living in southeastern Singapore as the city-state's first case of a local transmission of the virus.
Egypt seeks tougher penalties for female circumcision
28 Aug 2016 at 10:10am
Egypt's government said on Sunday it will ask parliament to approve a draft law that would increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcision. Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), was banned in Egypt in 2008. In Egypt, the procedure is practised by both Muslims and Christians.
Singapore reports 41 locally transmitted Zika cases
28 Aug 2016 at 6:48am
Singapore on Sunday confirmed 41 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and said more infections are likely. A day after announcing its first locally transmitted case, that of a 47-year-old Malaysian woman resident, the government reported 40 more -- mostly foreign workers at a construction site. All 41 are residents or workers in a particular suburban residential and industrial district, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said in a joint statement.