AstraZeneca to sell antibiotics business to Pfizer
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said it had agreed to sell its small molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer in a deal that could reach more than $1.5 billion. The portfolio includes approved antibiotics Merrem, Zinforo and Zavicefta, and ATM-AVI and CXL, which are in clinical development, it said. Pfizer will pay $550 million upon completion and a further unconditional $175 million in January 2019, AstraZeneca said, plus up to $250 million in milestones, up to $600 million in sales-related payments and recurring, double-digit royalties on future sales of Zavicefta and ATM-AVI in certain markets.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:21:40 -0400
Quake brings down buildings in central Italy, at least 10 believed killed
By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets, with at least 10 people believed killed. The worst affected towns were believed to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto. Two bodies were removed from the debris in the small town of Amatrice.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:48:41 -0400
Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:31:57 -0400
Double joy as mother of only giant panda twins in U.S. pregnant again
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The mother of the only giant panda twins in the United States may soon deliver a second set of twins, Zoo Atlanta said on Tuesday, capping off an eventful month for lovers of the fluffy black and white bears across the globe. Three years ago, mother bear Lun Lun gave birth to female cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan, who are still at the Georgia zoo but could be returned this fall to China, which owns them, zoo spokeswoman Rachel Davis said. An ultrasound on Monday confirmed that Lun Lun, who turns 19 years old on Thursday, is once again pregnant with twins, the zoo said.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:17:01 -0400
How EpiPen's maker raised prices, and hackles, so much
Sky-high price hikes for EpiPen, the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions to foods and bug bites, have made its maker the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring ...
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:36:12 -0400
California bill to repeal 'tampon tax' heads to governor
California lawmakers on Tuesday sent a bill to end state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest success for a nationwide bipartisan effort to end the so-called tampon tax. The bill, which would add tampons, sanitary napkins and other menstrual products to a list of necessities like food and prescription medicines that are not taxed, won unanimous support in the state Assembly on Tuesday, Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said. "Fundamentally, this is about gender equity and leveling the field," Garcia, who represents parts of suburban Los Angeles, said in a news release.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:29:46 -0400
Stanford University tightens campus alcohol restrictions
Stanford University has tightened campus drinking restrictions, banning large liquor bottles from undergraduate student housing and barring hard alcohol from being served altogether at parties for undergrads. The new policy, issued on Monday in a letter to new and returning students, follows a public furor surrounding the sexual assault of an unconscious, intoxicated woman by Stanford swimmer Brock Turner outside a frat party in 2015.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:19:11 -0400
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