US FDA advisers recommend change to COVID vaccine composition for fall

June 28 (Reuters) – Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended a change in the design of COVID-19 booster shots this fall in order to combat more recently circulating variants of the coronavirus. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 19-2 that the next wave of COVID booster … Read more

US Supreme Court sides with doctors challenging opioid convictions

June 27 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday gave two doctors found guilty of misusing their licenses in the midst of the US opioid epidemic to write thousands of prescriptions for addictive pain medications another chance to challenge their convictions. The justices ruled 9-0 in favor of Xiulu Ruan and Shakeel Kahn, who … Read more

US Supreme Court again nixes Bayer challenge to weedkiller suits

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected another Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) bid to dismiss litigation alleging that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer as the German pharmaceutical and chemical giant tries to avoid potentially billions of dollars in damages . The justices turned away a Bayer appeal and left in place … Read more

Legal clashes await US companies covering workers’ abortion costs

June 26 (Reuters) – A growing number of large US companies have said they will cover travel costs for employees who must leave their home states to get abortions, but these new policies could expose businesses to lawsuits and even potential criminal liability, legal experts said . Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Lyft Inc … Read more

US FDA advisers weigh Modern COVID vaccine heart risk for young men

A pharmacist holds a vial of the Modern coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in West Haven, Connecticut, US, February 17, 2021. REUTERS / Mike Segar Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 14 (Reuters) – Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine may have a higher risk of heart inflammation in young men than the Pfizer … Read more

Test makers target monkeypox market as cases surge

Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) – Diagnostic companies are racing to develop tests for monkeypox, hoping to tap into a new … Read more

Health agency confirms community spread of monkeypox in England

Test tube labeled “Monkeypox virus positive” are seen in this illustration taken May 22, 2022. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) – Monkeypox appears to be spreading from person to person in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) … Read more

US doctors reconsider Pfizer’s Paxlovid for lower-risk COVID patients

May 28 (Reuters) – Use of Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid spiked this week, but some doctors are reconsidering the pills for lower-risk patients after a US public health agency warned that symptoms can recur after people complete a course of the drug, and that they should then isolate a second time. More quarantine … Read more

EU in talks for common purchase of vaccine, antiviral against monkeypox

STOCKHOLM, May 27 (Reuters) – The European Union is working on a common purchasing agreement for vaccines and antiviralsagainst monkeypox, as cases of the viral disease usually endemic to Africa gather steam in Europe and beyond. A broad consensus was reached in principle with member states for the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) … Read more

Explainer: What vaccines, treatments do we have to combat monkeypox?

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, was seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC / Handout via REUTERS. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – With … Read more