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Reuters Health News Summary


Reuters
Updated: 14-02-2019 10:29 IST
Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Teva CEO: 'Content' with 2/3 access of payers for migraine drug Ajovy

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is "content" with having its new migraine drug Ajovy covered by nearly two-thirds of payers in the United States, Chief Executive Kare Schultz told Reuters on Wednesday. Last month, CVS Health Corp, a top U.S. manager of pharmacy benefits, added Ajovy and a competing drug from Eli Lilly and Co to its list of covered drugs, although it has been excluded from preferred coverage by two other large payers. Aggressive sanitizing at home lowers post-hospital MRSA risk

A six-month program of aggressively washing and sanitizing at home after surgery can lower the risk of developing a potentially-deadly infection for people who harbor the antibiotic-resistant bacterium known as MRSA, a new study suggests. MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is responsible for over 80,000 invasive and tough-to-treat infections in the U.S. each year. An estimated 1.8 million people are harboring the infection when they're discharged from the hospital annually. It can kill, especially if gets into a person's bloodstream. Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression

Teenagers who use cannabis have a higher risk of developing depression and suicidal thoughts as young adults and should be made aware of those risks by parents and doctors, scientists said on Wednesday. About 7 percent of cases of adolescent depression could be averted if cannabis use was eliminated, according to an analysis of data on mental illness among young people in the United States, Britain and Canada who used cannabis in their teens. Brazil's BRF recalls chicken export products over salmonella fears

Brazilian food processor BRF SA recalled almost 500 tonnes of fresh chicken products on Wednesday due to salmonella contamination worries, in a move affecting several key export markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The recall deals another blow to the food processor, which is struggling under trade bans in the European Union after accusations that it colluded with health inspectors and accredited laboratories to evade food safety checks. Certain drugs, supplements may improve sperm health

Men with infertility may have better-quality sperm when they take certain nutritional supplements and medicines, but there's little evidence about whether that leads to pregnancies and births, a research review concludes. Approximately one in eight couples fail to conceive after one year of trying and seek medical treatment for infertility, researchers note in European Urology. Although male infertility is the cause roughly half the time, research to date hasn't provided a clear picture of which drugs and supplements may be able to improve sperm quality and quantity. Turkey to increase fixed exchange rate for pharma products by 26.4 percent: NTV

Turkey increased on Wednesday the fixed exchange rate by 26.4 percent for pharmaceutical products that are imported, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca was reported as saying by broadcaster NTV. The exchange rate for pharmaceuticals in 2018 was 2.6934 lira to the euro - barely half the current market rate, which caused a scarcity in essential drugs in the past weeks. Bulgaria reports new case of African swine fever in wild boar

Bulgaria has confirmed a new case of African swine fever in a wild boar near in the northeastern town of Devnya, the national food safety authority said on Wednesday. African swine fever is a highly contagious disease that affects pigs and wild boar. It does not affect humans. Heart attack tied to edible marijuana is a warning to doctors

As medical and recreational marijuana becomes legal in more and more places, experts worry there isn't enough science on the risks and benefits of the drug, especially for patients with heart disease. In a new case report, doctors describe the heart attack of a man who ate a lollipop laced with high levels of TCH, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. This patient's story may serve as a warning that cannabis isn't as benign as some would like to think, doctors write in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Singapore police say American accused of leaking HIV data 'pathological liar'

Singapore police said on Wednesday a U.S. citizen accused of leaking the names of more than 14,000 HIV-positive people was "a pathological liar", in a case that has raised concerns over data privacy in the city-state. Singapore deported Mikhy Farrera Brochez last year after convicting him on numerous drug-related and fraud offences, including lying about his own HIV status. Clinigen agrees to buy U.S. rights to Novartis' cancer drug Proleukin

British pharmaceutical firm Clinigen Group Plc said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire the U.S. rights to Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG's skin and lung cancer drug Proleukin for a total of $210 million, including some future payments. The deal will give Clinigen global rights to the drug and the company expects the deal to add to its profitability this year, and forecast a growth in adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended December.


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