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The cost of diabetes

Feb 22, 2006
The American Diabetes Association today plans to quantify how much the disease costs employers, and offer recommendations on how businesses can help fight the malady. Alex Cohen reports.
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Pharmaceutical goodwill ambassadors

Feb 22, 2006
Many sales reps for GlaxoSmithKline will now take on the added duty of goodwill ambassador for the drug industry. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
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The FDA and generic drugmakers

Feb 17, 2006
The FDA announced today that it wants to charge user fees to companies who make generic drugs. Helen Palmer looks at the reasons behind the FDA push, and what it means for generic drug makers.
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Canadian drug shortage?

Feb 17, 2006
A free-market think tank north of the border warns that the land of the maple leaf could face a prescription drug shortage, given the amount of Canadian medicines sold to Americans over the Internet. Helen Palmer reports.
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Investing in disaster

Feb 16, 2006
One of Silicon Valley's biggest venture capital firms will invest $200 million into a pandemic and bio-defense fund. The VC fund also invested in Google and Amazon. Helen Palmer looks into whether its latest idea has legs.
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Killer prices?

Feb 16, 2006
Genentech's drug Avastin is a highly effective treatment for colon, breast, and lung cancer. It's also incredibly expensive. Genentech says society has to be willing to pay more for the benefits of life-sustaining drugs, but Commentator Jamie Court says drug companies have a moral obligation not to price them out of reach.
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Bird flu in Germany

Feb 15, 2006
Germany has become the latest European country to confirm that bird flu has reached its territory. Two dead swans were found to have the H5N1 virus. Veterinary experts have begun a 2-day meeting in Brussels to discuss further measures to combat the disease. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Medicaid to Medicare

Feb 15, 2006
Today the federal government stops reimbursing states that picked up the tab during the Medicare prescription drug debacle earlier this year. Amy Scott repots on whether states have succeeded in moving eligible seniors off Medicaid rolls and into the new program.
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Managing cancer

Feb 14, 2006
A new book out says that in the future, cancer will be a manageable disease, not unlike diabetes. But as Helen Palmer reports, managing cancer won't be affordable for everyone.
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Flu season update

Feb 13, 2006
The Centers for Disease Control report flu rates this year are down, compared to last year. Does that mean fewer sick days for employees and more productive businesses? Helen Palmer takes a look.
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