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January 22, 2021


Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes, Maker Claims

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here An unusual experiment to prevent nursing home staff members and residents from infection with the coronavirus has succeeded, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Thursday. A drug containing monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-grown virus-fighters — prevented symptomatic infections......

Merck KGaA stops lung cancer trial testing drug hopeful bintrafusp alfa

FILE PHOTO: A logo of drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA is pictured in Darmstadt, Germany January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Merck KGaA said the most important clinical trial testing its cancer drug hopeful bintrafusp alfa, which it is co-developing with GlaxoSmithKline, would be stopped because......

In Blow to U.S. Alliance, Mexico Clears General Accused of Drug Trafficking

New York Times
By Natalie Kitroeff, Alan Feuer and Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY — When U.S. officials agreed to hand back over to Mexico a former defense minister whom they had accused of being on a drug cartel’s payroll, they did it in hopes of salvaging the badly fraying security cooperation between the......

U.S. executes drug trafficker who recently contracted COVID

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Terre Haute, Indiana — The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for his involvement in a series of slayings in Virginia’s capital city in 1992, despite claims by his lawyers that the lethal injection would cause excruciating pain......

Covid strain found in South Africa ‘could evade’ Eli Lilly’s antibody drug, CEO warns

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Eli Lilly Chairman and CEO Dave Ricks told CNBC on Tuesday he expects the company’s Covid-19 antibody drug to be effective against the coronavirus variant found in the U.K. However, he said the strain found in South Africa likely presents greater......

BeiGene, Novartis partner to develop cancer drug tislelizumab

FILE PHOTO: People enter a building of biotechnology firm BeiGene Ltd at the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China November 22, 2019. Picture taken November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer (Reuters) – China-based biotechnology company BeiGene Ltd said on Monday it will partner with Swiss firm Novartis AG to develop,......

Walgreens shares surge after its earnings top estimates, fueled by higher drug sales

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here People wear protective face masks outside Walgreens pharmacy in Union Square as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 24, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai | Getty......

How Joe Biden can reduce the surge in drug overdoses

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY Starting Jan. 20, the Biden administration will be responsible for addressing three major public health crises: the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 330,000 Americans and infected more than 17 million; the mental health crisis, which the pandemic has......

Signs ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Nick McGlashan’s Death Might Be Drug Related

Exclusive ‘Deadliest Catch’ star Nick McGlashan appears to have died from some sort of drug overdose … according to police investigating his death. Law enforcement sources tell us Nashville PD got a call to a Holiday Inn outside Nashville Sunday afternoon. We’re told Nick had been discovered unresponsive in his......

Who Keeps an Eye on Drug Seizure Accounts in Ohio? Lots of Forfeiture Money Goes to Associations Outside of Public Purview

click to enlarge This article is from Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join their free mailing list, as this helps provide more public service reporting. When the Vinton County Fair was canceled because of the pandemic, outgoing County Prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown wrote $100 checks......

How U.S. can reduce drug overdoses during COVID-19 pandemic

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States still faces another public health crisis: the overdose epidemic. Early data shows that rates of fatal overdoses in 2020 have risen in more than 40 states. Many cities have reported substantial increases in 911 calls and......

21 charged in alleged drug ring involving major North Carolina universities

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Twenty-one people have been charged in an alleged drug ring that involved multiple fraternities and students at major North Carolina universities, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. The alleged drug ring brought over 1,000 pounds of marijuana, several hundred......

Biogen to pay $22 million to resolve U.S. drug charity kickback probe

FILE PHOTO: A sign marks a Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo BOSTON (Reuters) – Biogen Inc has agreed to pay $22 million to resolve U.S. allegations that it illegally used two charities that help cover Medicare patients’ out-of-pocket drug costs as a means......

Mexico poised to curtail cooperation with U.S. in fight against drug cartels

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Mexico City – The lower house of Mexico’s congress overwhelmingly approved a law Tuesday limiting foreign agents operating in the country and lifting their immunity in a decision that could impact its relationship with the U.S. government, a key......

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