US States File Lawsuit Accusing Drugs Firms Of Inflating Costs

More than 40 US states have filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical firms of conspiring to artificially inflate the cost of common medicinal drugs. The lawsuit alleges that as many as 20 companies have been involved in fixing prices for over 100 drugs, including treatments for…

Is It Time To Raise The Smoking Age To 21?

There is a growing clamour to raise the age at which tobacco products can be bought, from 18 to 21. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health put forward the idea earlier this month, and now a leading doctor, Imperial College London respiratory…

Philippines Says 136 People Have Died In Measles Outbreak

The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may…

HPV Vaccine Is Safe, Says Cancer Agency, Slams ‘Unfounded Rumours’

“Unfounded rumors” causing people to spurn the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was preventing the elimination of cervical cancer, which kills more than 300,000 women every year, health authorities said Monday. To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued…