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FDA approves Pulmonx's valve to treat lung disease

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Pulmonx Inc's valve to treat a severe form of obstructive lung disease, most often characterized by shortness of breath.

Ghana reports outbreaks of H5 bird flu on farms

PARIS (Reuters) - Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from Ghana's agriculture ministry.

FDA approves Dermira's wipe for excessive armpit sweating

(Reuters) - Dermira Inc said on Friday its topical cloth for excessive armpit sweating was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, providing patients with an easy-to-use option for an often embarrassing condition.

Puma Biotech gets EU panel nod for breast cancer drug

(Reuters) - Puma Biotechnology Inc  on Friday won a key recommendation from a European Medicines Agency panel on its lead breast cancer drug, five months after the regulator recommended against approving it.

Amazon to buy PillPack in potentially disruptive drug retail push

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would buy small online pharmacy PillPack, a move that will put the world's biggest online retailer in direct competition with drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy benefit managers.

U.S. charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in healthcare frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation's opioid epidemic in some cases.

Congo completes surveillance of Ebola contacts, no new cases

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo moved closer to declaring its Ebola outbreak over when the health ministry said it had completed surveillance of the last people who came into contact with patients and had not found any new cases.

U.S. charges hundreds in major healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in healthcare frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation's opioid epidemic in some cases.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Merck appeal over Fosamax suits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear Merck & Co's appeal of a lower court's ruling that revived hundreds of lawsuits accusing the company of failing to adequately warn patients of the risks of thigh bone fractures associated with its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

WTO to rule on landmark tobacco case later on Thursday

GENEVA (Reuters) - Ultra-plain packaging for tobacco products might become the norm worldwide if a World Trade Organization panel rules in favor of Australia on Thursday in what is seen as a test case for public health legislation globally.

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