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AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests

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LONDON - AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs.

Reckitt Benckiser to spin off heroin treatment business 1:56pm BST

LONDON - Reckitt Benckiser plans to spin off its heroin-addiction treatment in the next 12 months as sales slide under pressure from rival copycat versions of the drug. | Video

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Novartis says Alcon glaucoma treatment approved in EU 10:50am BST

ZURICH - Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis said the European Commission has approved its eyecare unit Alcon's Simbrinza treatment for glaucoma, a chronic, sight-threatening eye disease.

AcelRx stock plunges after FDA rejects pain drug device 1:53pm BST

- Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc plunged nearly 28 percent in premarket trading, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected its pain drug device, Zalviso, late on Friday.

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U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps 3:15pm BST

WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens.

Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter 3:14pm BST

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's president visited the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leaders stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died 2:13pm BST

LAGOS - The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

LabStyle gets Israeli approval to market diabetes meter 3:05pm BST

TEL AVIV - LabStyle Innovations Corp said on Monday it has received approval from Israel's Ministry of Health to sell its Dario smart meter for diabetes in Israel.

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U.S. group overhauls China business in meat safety scandal 11:58am BST

SHANGHAI - A leading U.S. meat supplier said on Monday that a Chinese unit at the center of a food safety scandal had issues that were "absolutely inconsistent" with the group's high standards.

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OSI Group probe finds standards at supplier unit below par 11:13am BST

SHANGHAI - An on-going internal investigation conducted by OSI Group LLC into its unit, the scandal-hit Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, has revealed that standards were below par.