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LATEST NEWS:   G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S. - ISE-SHIMA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic.
LATEST NEWS:   AstraZeneca potassium drug delayed by manufacturing snag - LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca said on Friday U.S. regulators would not approve its new drug for high potassium levels at present due to a manufacturing issue, dealing a blow to a product acquired when it bought ZS Pharma for $2.7 billion last year.
LATEST NEWS:   Roche boosted by trial success with blood cancer drug - ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche got a big boost on Friday when a clinical trial testing its new blood cancer drug Gazyva proved successful, lifting prospects for a new medicine that will be pivotal as the Swiss company fights the threat of biosimilar competition.
LATEST NEWS:   China regulator to launch drug pricing probe in June - SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will carry out wide-ranging pricing inspections on drug firms, hospitals and procurement bodies from June 1, the country's top watchdog said on Friday, extending a tough cost-cutting campaign to reduce the price of healthcare.
LATEST NEWS:   U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics - (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads.
LATEST NEWS:   At G7, Britain presses for global reward system for new antibiotics - ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Britain is pushing for a global plan to reward drugs companies for developing new antibiotics, while also pledging to cut antibiotic use in England.
LATEST NEWS:   U.S. FDA approves first-ever implant to treat opioid addiction - (Reuters) - The first-ever implant to fight addiction to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and heroin, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.
LATEST NEWS:   U.S. health official says Zika not a reason to cancel Olympics - (Reuters) - The widespread Zika virus outbreak in Brazil does not pose enough of a threat to warrant canceling or putting off the Olympic Games set to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, a leading U.S. health official said on Thursday .
LATEST NEWS:   U.S. researchers estimate range of microcephaly risk from Zika infection - (Reuters) - U.S. researchers are estimating a wide range of potential risk for the birth defect microcephaly following Zika infection in the mother, putting the figure at anywhere between 1 percent and 13 percent, according to newly-released findings.
LATEST NEWS:   South Carolina governor to sign ban on abortion past 19 weeks - CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday.