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Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

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Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases. The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group for drugmakers, said in its lawsuit that California's law illegally tries to dictate national health policy. Because the law is tied to a national measure of drug prices, PhRMA argues that California's advance notification requirement could restrict drugmakers' ability to raise prices in other states. The group also argued the law is unconstitutionally vague...
Which Non-Dairy Milk Is Right for You?

Which Non-Dairy Milk Is Right for You?

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Nutrition specs: One 8-ounce serving of Ripple unsweetened pea protein milk original contains 70 calories, 130 milligrams of sodium, 4.5 grams of fat, 450 milligrams of potassium, 8 grams of protein, and no carbs.Taste: Mild, with a hint of flour-like flavor; and thick, creamy, and smooth in texture.Pros: "Pea protein milk has a much higher protein content than most plant-based milks," says Health contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD. "In fact its protein content is on par with cow's milk." It's rich in other nutrients too, she adds, and low in calories. The main ingredient, yellow split peas, isn't a common allergen, so pea protein milk is a good option for people with dairy, soy, or nut allergies.Cons: The sweetened version cont...
Anorexic student Averil Hart 'failed by every NHS body'

Anorexic student Averil Hart 'failed by every NHS body'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA teenager who "starved to death" in a matter of weeks was failed by "every NHS organisation that should have cared for her", a review has found.Averil Hart, 19, died in 2012 after her anorexia rapidly worsened at university in Norwich.Her father Nicholas said in just 10 weeks she went from being fit and healthy to "being at death's door".The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) found her death could and should have been prevented.The NHS services involved say changes have been made, with one saying it accepted the report's findings.Miss Hart, the youngest of three sisters, from Newton, near Sudbury, became unwell after her A-levels and spent 10 months as an in-patient at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.She was discharged to stud...
Vaginal mesh ban 'a retrograde step', surgeons say

Vaginal mesh ban 'a retrograde step', surgeons say

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Banning vaginal mesh implants would remove an important treatment for some women suffering from a prolapse, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.Many women benefit from the implants and should have a choice, it said.The health watchdog NICE is expected to recommend that the implants be banned.Around 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS and mesh manufacturers, saying they have suffered from painful complications. When a prolapse occurs, doctors sometimes insert a mesh into the wall of the vagina to act as scaffolding to support organs - such as the uterus, bowel and bladder - which have fallen out of place. Hundreds of women have reported problems with this plastic mesh, which is made of polypropylene.However another smaller device made from the same mater...
Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

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The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($ 69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the government will also seek compensation for treatment of children who may develop severe dengue. No deaths have been confirmed, but at least one immunized child has developed dengue. The Department of Health put on hold its dengue immunization drive, which was launched last year and is the world's first such public program, after France-based Sanofi Pasteur released the study last week. More than 730,000 public school children aged 9 and above in three...