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New budget test puts UK on front line in global drug price fight Mar 27 2017

LONDON Can society afford modern medicines? It's a question facing governments worldwide and nowhere more so than in Britain, where a new budget test due to take effect on April 1 threatens to throw up another hurdle to patients getting the drugs.

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Sweden to offer compensation for transgender sterilizations

STOCKHOLM Sweden's center-left government proposed legislation on Monday that would grant compensation to transgender men and women who had to undergo mandatory sterilization in order to have their sex legally reassigned.

World, United Nations Mar 27 2017

Would legalizing medical marijuana help curb the opioid epidemic?

(Reuters Health) - In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.

Mar 27 2017

Land of the short white feather: New Zealand's unlikely bird flu success

BEIJING/WELLINGTON The deadly bird flu that's forced mass bird culls and roiled the global egg and poultry trade has spawned one unlikely success – New Zealand, a rare source of disease-free birds and supplier for China's voracious chicken consumption.

Mar 27 2017

Gilead hepatitis C drug patent faces European challenge

LONDON International groups representing doctors and patients have launched a fresh challenge to the patent on Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir at the European Patent Office in order to increase access to the treatment.

Mar 27 2017

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