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USA:US to set up plan allowing prescription meds from Canada

July 2019 YahooNews; The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a pathway allowing Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of opposition from federal health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications. The move is …

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Drug for loss of sexual desire in women approved

June 2019 thestandard;The US drug regulator on Friday approved Palatin Technologies and Amag Pharmaceuticals’ drug to restore sexual desire in premenopausal women, the latest attempt to come up with a therapy that some have dubbed as “female Viagra”.The therapy, Vyleesi, will compete in a market which has seen previous attempts …

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UK: Cosmetic clinics to assess mental health before offering Botox

April 2019 theguardian;Cosmetic clinics will begin assessing patients’ suitability for Botox in an attempt to spot those whose desire to alter their appearance is due to mental health problems. The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), a trade body, has decided that member clinics will introduce new practices designed to …

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USA:What is kratom and what’s it made from? Increasingly popular herbal drug tied to over 90 fatal overdoses

April 2019 Yahoo news; The over-the-counter herbal drug kratom has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths, federal health officials said this week. Kratom was a cause of death in at least 91 fatal overdoses in the United States from July 2016 to December 2017, and 152 tested positive for the substance …

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