A ProPublica analysis found that black people and Native Americans are under-represented in clinical trials of new drugs, even when the treatment is aimed at a type of cancer that disproportionately affects them

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In February 2016, the FDA recommended that collection of donated blood cease in areas in the United States in which ZIKV was active, unless blood testing or pathogen-reduction methods could be implemented. At the time, no vectorborne cases of ZIKV infection had been reported in the continental United States; however, an epidemic was under way in the U.S. territories, most notably in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Two doses a year of an antibiotic can sharply cut death rates among infants in poor countries, perhaps by as much as 25 percent among the very young, researchers reported on Wednesday

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Opponents say the bill undermines the Food and Drug Administration’s existing compassionate use program while giving false hope to dying patients

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Johnson & Johnson uses the prospect of jail time to market a schizophrenia drug

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Dozens of doctors, medical ethicists, and lawyers are warning Congress that legislation to allow Americans with life-threatening conditions access to unapproved, experimental drugs risks harming patients’ health

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“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Pharmacist Mike Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s. “It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”

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Many readers of this blog told us they were inspired by the first story in our series on #nostringscash aid — about a ground-breaking experiment in Kenya to test the benefits of giving poor people a steady stream of cash in place of traditional aid. But some questioned the ethics of studies like this

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