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Novartis abandons effort for U.S. approval of biosimilar rituximab

FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ logo is seen at the company’s plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein, Switzerland October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo (Reuters) – Novartis International AG said on Friday that its Sandoz division is abandoning an effort to gain U.S. regulatory approval for a biosimilar ...

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FDA panel recommends Sage’s postpartum depression treatment

(Reuters) – An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended Sage Therapeutics Inc’s experimental treatment for postpartum depression, saying the benefits of the drug outweighed risks. The panel voted 17-1 in favor of the injectable treatment, Zulresso, which aims to treat major episodes of depression ...

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FDA approves AcelRx Pharma’s opioid pain drug

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc’s opioid-based treatment for pain to be used under strict medical supervision, with the agency’s chief highlighting reasons for the approval in a rare move. FILE PHOTO – A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

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Tall people may be more prone to varicose veins

(Reuters Health) – Standing above the crowd puts people at greater risk of developing varicose veins, a large genetic study suggests. Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that can be seen just under the surface of the skin, usually in the legs. More than 30 million people in the U.S. ...

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