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EMA seeks input on new guidelines to combat antibiotics resistance

Following in the footsteps of the FDA, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched an effort to combat antibiotics resistance in people by targeting food animals. The agency has issued two new draft guidelines for assessing and approving veterinary antibiotics.

Novartis CEO: We can rebuild our good name after 'reputational hit' in Japan

What's going to save Novartis' reputation in Japan? Science, says CEO Joe Jimenez, a week after the government suspended his Japanese unit for failure to report side effects.

FDA requires new labeling on insulin pens to ward off spread of infections

The FDA is taking action to ensure that multidose insulin pens do not spread diseases by requiring the injectable devices to display the warning "For single patient use only."

Medicare urged to crack down on antipsychotic scripts for dementia sufferers

The Obama administration is already working with nursing homes to reduce inappropriate use of antipsychotic meds such as Seroquel, Risperdal and Zyprexa. But federal investigators now say officials need to focus on overuse in dementia patients.

Sidelined after tampering incident, GSK's alli is back on sale

After nearly a year off the shelves, GlaxoSmithKline's diet pill alli--recalled after reports of tampering--is back in most U.S. stores, and it's got some updates that should make any future tampering easier to spot.

As Shire gears up to push Vyvanse for binge eating, critics worry about abuse

Shire is pushing full steam ahead to get the word out on binge eating disorder, the new indication it snagged for blockbuster Vyvanse last month.

J&J loses first court battle over Risperdal's breast-growth side effects

The jury has spoken in Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal trial, and the news wasn't good for the U.S.-based drugmaker. The Philadelphia panel decided J&J had failed to properly warn that the antipsychotic drug could trigger breast development in boys and young men, in the first of more than 1,000 similar cases pending.

WHO adopts new safety needle policy, calling smart syringes an 'urgent priority'

Citing rampant use of the same needle to inject more than one person, the World Health Organization has--some might say finally--launched a new policy to make unsafe injections less prevalent. Part of this policy involves adopting up-to-date measures in syringe engineering, promoting the use of "smart" needles with precautions against unsafe use.

Consumer group petitions FDA to pull generic antifungal med

Currently, there are several generics on the U.S. market of oral antifungal agent ketoconazole. But consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen is trying to change that.

Canadian paper backpedals from Gardasil side effects story

Merck has already had its fair share of struggles with uptake rates for its HPV vaccine, Gardasil. A Toronto Star story from earlier this month, which focused on young women who'd suffered serious problems following vaccination, didn't help matters. The paper has since backed away from its story, but some damage may already be done.