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Exclusive: Greece owes drugmakers $1.2 billion - and counting


LONDON - Cash-strapped Greece has racked up mounting debts with international drugmakers and now owes the industry more than 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), a leading industry official said on Wednesday.

Post Holdings says 35 percent of egg supply now affected by bird flu

- Post Holdings Inc said a third company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska had tested positive for avian flu, bringing total affected egg supply to about 35 percent of commitments.

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FBI probing what J&J knew about uterine surgery device: WSJ

- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a surgical tool found to spread uterine cancer and what Johnson & Johnson knew about its risks before withdrawing its version of the device last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Researchers oppose unvalidated gene panel tests for cancer links

CHICAGO - A group of international researchers is making the case that genetic tests that look for multiple hereditary genes suspected of being linked to breast cancer should not be offered until they are proven to be valid and useful in clinical practice.

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Five espressos a day? EU food agency says stop there

LONDON - Drinking up to five espressos a day, or the equivalent, poses no risk to the general population, according to a European review into the safety of caffeine.

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Newer contraceptive pills may further raise risk of blood clots

(Reuters Health) - Newer versions of the Pill may raise a woman’s risk of dangerous blood clots even more than older versions, a large U.K. study suggests.

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Romania's Antibiotice to boost exports to the U.S.

BUCHAREST - The United States will become Romanian state-owned drugmaker Antibiotice Iasi's biggest foreign market by the middle of next year as it increases exports, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

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Florida college ends use of students for vaginal probe training

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida community college under fire for allowing female sonography students to perform vaginal probes on one another as part of their class instruction said it will cease the practice for good.

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Novartis digs into health tech with bet on 'robotic pill'

LONDON - Swiss drugmaker Novartis is raising its bet on smart technology by collaborating with U.S. start-up Rani Therapeutics on a “robotic pill” for complex biotech drugs that would normally have to be given by injection.

Tech 4:03am EDT

GlobeImmune Hep B drug fails mid-stage study, shares plunge

- Drug developer GlobeImmune Inc said its experimental hepatitis B drug did not reduce infection in patients after 24 weeks of treatment in a mid-stage study, sending the company's shares down as much as 60 percent to a record low.

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