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GlaxoSmithKline Taps Apple’s ResearchKit for Arthritis Study






GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple Inc.’s (Cupertino CA) ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to… Read more »

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FDA Panel Supports Novartis Version of Amgen Arthritis Drug






By unanimous FDA panel vote, Novartis AG’s (Basel CHE) Enbrel (etanercept) biosimilar was approved across all of its U.S. licenses. The panel, which gives nonbinding advice to the agency, voted… Read more »

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Report Says Alcohol-Related Deaths are Likely to Increase after Cuts by England in Alcohol Taxation; What Can We Learn Here in the States?






Alcohol related deaths are most likely set to increase in England as incomes outstrip rises in taxation, argue experts in The BMJ (British Medical Journal). This prediction is based on the… Read more »

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Congress Leaves Zika Measure Hanging; Then, There’s Really Bad News






Just one day after Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without approving any of the $1.9 billion requested by the Obama administration to fund the effort to fight the Zika… Read more »

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U.S. Health Spending to Climb 5.8% a Year Through 2025






The nation’s healthcare bill this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the… Read more »

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Federal Panel to Hear Obama Administration Appeal of ACA Insurance Ruling






The battle between congressional Republicans and the White House over the Affordable Care Act is again escalating–in court and on Capitol Hill. The administration last week appealed a federal trial judge’s ruling… Read more »

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Congressional Dems, Obama Plead for Bipartisan Zika Funding






Democratic members of Congress and White House officials said the country is beyond a “day late and a dollar short” on allocating funds to combat the Zika virus in a White House conference call… Read more »

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GE Healthcare Barges into Cell-Therapy Arena with Swiss Buy; Where’s the FDA?






GE Healthcare (Little Chalfont GBR) just signaled its intention to build a $1 billion business which offers specialized manufacturing tools for an upcoming tidal wave of cell therapies by acquiring… Read more »

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U.S. House Unanimously Approved Legislation to Combat Opioid Overdoes






Elsewhere, the House on Friday almost unanimously approved legislation to combat opioid overdoses after Democrats dropped their opposition to the bill at the last minute. The 407-5 vote all but assures… Read more »