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Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea


NEW YORK - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City on Friday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city.


WHO expects around 200,000 Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015 1:21pm BST

GENEVA/LONDON - The World Health Organization (WHO) set out plans on Friday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015.


WHO sending Ebola experts to Mali, 43 people monitored for virus 11:47am BST

GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was sending more experts to help Mali fight Ebola, a day after the first case of the disease was confirmed there.

U.S. security agency ill-prepared to deal with pandemic: audit 12:36am BST

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which protects sites ranging from land borders and airports to the White House, may not be able to maintain operations in a pandemic due to inadequate supplies of protective gear and drugs for its staff, according to a government report on Thursday.


AstraZeneca cancer drug pipeline gets boost from European green light 12:47pm BST

LONDON - AstraZeneca's cancer drug pipeline received a boost on Friday, as European regulators recommended approval of an experimental medicine against ovarian cancer.

EU backs drug for rare sun intolerance from Australia's Clinuvel 1:06pm BST

LONDON - European patients with a rare genetic disease that causes intolerance to sunlight should soon have a new treatment option, following a green light for a drug from Australia's Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals.

EU regulator backs continued use of Ariad Pharma's leukemia drug 1:45pm BST

- European regulators recommended continued use of Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc's cancer drug, Iclusig, in its already approved indications to treat certain kinds of leukemia.

Hikma Pharma shares slip on FDA warning for Portugal plant 11:45am BST

- Drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc said the U.S. health regulator had raised issues related to environmental monitoring at its plant in Portugal, which some analysts said accounts for about a quarter of the company's U.S. injectibles sales.


Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines 23 Oct 2014

LONDON/GENEVA - Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies against possible losses or claims arising from the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa.


EU names coordinator to step up response to Ebola 23 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Union appointed a coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West Africa following criticism that European efforts so far to contain the world's worst recorded outbreak of the disease have been inadequate.