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China set to approve 1-dose swine flu vaccines

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BEIJING (AP) — China will soon approve domestically developed swine flu vaccines that manufacturers say can protect people against the virus with only one dose, an encouraging development for health officials racing to prepare for an expected spike in cases this winter.

Many health authorities are assuming two doses of vaccine are necessary while they await the results of trials by drug makers around the world to determine the appropriate dosage.

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Officials: Pfizer to pay record $2.3B penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — People familiar with a record settlement to be announced Wednesday say Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, will pay a $2.3 billion civil penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions.
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Teen on ADHD drugs can be a real downer

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CHICAGO (AP) — Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention-deficit drugs soared 76 percent over eight years, sobering evidence about the dangerous consequences of prescription misuse, a study shows.
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Immune system cancer found in young 9/11 officers

NEW YORK (AP) —Researchers say a small number of young law enforcement officers who participated in the World Trade Center rescue and cleanup operation have developed an immune system cancer.
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Novartis starts testing its swine flu vaccine

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LONDON (AP) — Swiss drugmaker Novartis has begun injecting its swine flu vaccine into people in the company's first human tests, a spokesman said Wednesday.
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