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California sues maker of Humira for alleged kickbacks to doctors

California sues maker of Humira for alleged kickbacks to doctors

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California filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world's best-selling drugs, Humira, despite its potentially deadly complications. The lawsuit by the state's insurance commissioner accuses the company of a far-reaching kickback scheme that led doctors to write more prescriptions for the drug,…
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2nd possible carcinogen found in recalled blood pressure drug valsartan, Health Canada says

2nd possible carcinogen found in recalled blood pressure drug valsartan, Health Canada says

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Certain medications containing valsartan, a drug to treat high blood pressure, could contain a second substance that can cause cancer, Health Canada says. All drugs containing valsartan, manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals in China, were recalled in Canada after a first impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was identified earlier this summer. NDMA is classified as a probable human…
Mysterious Good Samaritan leaves handwritten suicide prevention messages on Lions Gate Bridge

Mysterious Good Samaritan leaves handwritten suicide prevention messages on Lions Gate Bridge

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Dozens of handwritten notes have appeared on the railings of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, offering words of encouragement, quotes and pictures intended to help prevent suicides. Their creator is a mysterious Good Samaritan who has not signed the notes or taken credit. "It's really, really, incredibly touching that someone has decided to make…
From corneas to tendons, a new ’tissue bank’ improves transplant process

From corneas to tendons, a new 'tissue bank' improves transplant process

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A new "tissue bank" located in Dartmouth, N.S., is already making a difference in the number of corneas, heart valves, bones and other tissues available for transplant to the people who need them. The Nova Scotia Health Authority opened its Regional Tissue Bank inside the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service building in the Burnside Industrial Park in…
Mental health crisis grips Puerto Rico as rebuilding efforts stumble a year after hurricane

Mental health crisis grips Puerto Rico as rebuilding efforts stumble a year after hurricane

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Hurricane Florence has made the U.S. East Coast the centre of attention, and that could make things even harder for those still struggling to deal with the aftermath of another massive storm, Maria. It's been a year since hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico, killing thousands and robbing its survivors of basic necessities and electricity,…