Vaccination

Vaccine stock in Italy stirs EU suspicions

AstraZeneca on Wednesday denied reports it was stockpiling coronavirus vaccines in the EU to export to Britain, after Italian inspectors found 29 million doses in a manufacturing plant.

Medications

FDA wants heartburn meds off the market due to contamination

U.S. health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medications poses a greater risk than previously thought.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Trump uses wartime act but GM says it's already moving fast

Twelve days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardiology

US finds contaminant in popular heartburn drug

U.S. health officials said Friday they are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related generic drugs.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Glaxo plant with Legionnaires' bacteria is quiet for second day

All was quiet Wednesday at a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical plant that was shut down after the drug maker discovered the bacteria that cause potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease in a cooling tower at the site.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

Medications

Abbott to close Puerto Rico manufacturing plant

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.

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