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Pharma's Puerto Rico problems could mean drug shortages: FDA chief

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday the country may start to see a small number of drug shortages within two or three weeks due to delays in restoring manufacturing operations in Puerto Rico, where 10 percent of drugs prescribed in the United States are made.

Trump says he's likely to sign healthcare order this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he likely will sign an order this week that is expected to allow Americans to buy stripped-down health insurance policies, a step some experts say would further undermine the Obamacare law that Trump opposes.

Lilly's breast cancer drug fails to help lung patients

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said its recently approved breast cancer drug failed to meet a late-stage trial's main goal of improving overall survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Pfizer weighs $15 billion sale of consumer healthcare business

(Reuters) - Pfizer said on Tuesday it was considering the sale or spin-off of its consumer healthcare business, shaking up the industry and potentially putting a headache pill to lip balm operation worth some $15 billion up for grabs.

Spark gene therapy improves vision, at least in short term: FDA

(Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc's experimental gene therapy for a rare inherited form of blindness improves vision, though it is unclear whether the benefit lasts over time, according to a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Lilly's lung cancer drug fails main goal of key study

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said its drug to treat non-small cell lung cancer failed to meet the main goal of improving overall survival in patients in a late-stage trial, sending its shares down about 3 percent.

California governor signs drug pricing transparency law

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed state legislation requiring drug companies to report certain price hikes for prescription medicines in a move that could set a model for other states to follow.

Concussion leads to post-career mental issues: FIFPro study

LONDON (Reuters) - Athletes who suffer concussions during their careers are more prone to anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance after retirement, according to new research by soccer's world players' union FIFPro.

Aggressive breast cancer treatment tied to more missed work

(Reuters Health) - Many women with early-stage breast cancer have full-time jobs when they’re diagnosed, and they are more likely to miss at least a month of work when they receive aggressive treatment that includes surgery, a U.S. study suggests.