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Turing Pharmaceuticals decreasing Daraprim drug price after outrage

Skrelli to reduce drug priceMartin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, announced he will reduce the price for Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, after an earlier 5,000 percent price increase that generated mass criticism and accusations of drug-price gouging.

Shkreli, 32, told NBC News the new price would be determined in the coming weeks. He said lowering the price was a decision taken in reaction to the outrage over Daraprim's price surge.


US pharmaceutical company defends 5,000% price increase

Martin ShkrelliThe head of a US pharmaceutical company has defended his company's decision to raise the price of a 62-year-old medication used by Aids patients by over 5,000%.

Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the rights to Daraprim in August.  CEO Martin Shkreli has said that the company will use the money it makes from sales to research new treatments.


The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough Of The Vegetables We're Supposed To Eat

Not enough vegetables for AmericansIf you are looking for proof that Americans' vegetable habits lean towards french fries and ketchup, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has it: Nearly 50 percent of vegetables and legumes available in the U.S. in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third as the most available vegetable, according to new data out this week.

And while the USDA's own dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, the agency's researchers found that only 1.7 cups per person are available.


Company hikes price 5,000% for drug that fights complication of AIDS, cancer

5000 percent raise in cancer side effects drugA drug treating a common parasite that attacks people with weakened immune systems increased in cost 5,000% to $750 per pill.

At a time of heightened attention to the rising cost of prescription drugs, doctors who treat patients with AIDS and cancer are denouncing the new cost to treat a condition that can be life-threatening.

Turing Pharmaceuticals of New York raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill last month, shortly after purchasing the rights to the drug from Impax Laboratories. Turing has exclusive rights to market Daraprim (pyrimethamine), on the market since 1953.


New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

NFL concussionsA total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury.

Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96 percent of NFL players that they’ve examined and in 79 percent of all football players. The disease is widely believed to stem from repetitive trauma to the head, and can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression and dementia.


FDA warns about infections from another type of medical scope

FDAFederal officials issued a new warning about medical scopes Thursday, alerting health care providers about reports of bronchoscopes spreading infections to patients even after the reusable devices were cleaned.

The Food and Drug Administration said it's investigating reports that bronchoscopes used in the throat and lungs weren't adequately disinfected and sickened patients. The agency said no deaths have been reported so far.


FDA halts sales of four R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands

FDA bans some cigarettesThe Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned sales of four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds because they did not meet the agency’s safety review requirements.

Under FDA rules, companies that launch new cigarettes must show that the products are essentially the same as older products in terms of health risks. The FDA said four brands from R.J. Reynolds failed to show that they don’t raise new safety concerns.


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