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Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops

Nov. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EST

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the U.S. East Coast. More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalizing marijuana for adults, the state's...

1st pot shops in eastern US get OK to open in Massachusetts

Nov. 16, 2018 6:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Friday to begin selling to recreational customers next week, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States. Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they would open...

FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

Nov. 2, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy statement, FDA...

US approves first new type of flu drug in 2 decades

Oct. 24, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday's approval of Xofluza for people age 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this winter's flu season. Xofluza is a pill that can reduce severity and shorten duration of flu symptoms after...

Groups will help guide marijuana startups in equity program

Oct. 21, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana regulators have approved several organizations to provide training and mentoring for startup cannabis companies that hope to be part of Massachusetts' social equity program. The program, billed as the first of its kind in the country, is designed to provide opportunities in the...

EU drug agency urges approval for dengue vaccine

Oct. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a "positive opinion" of French...

Prescription drugs, lower taxes, power J&J 3Q beat

Oct. 16, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

A jump in prescription drug sales and a sharply reduced tax bill boosted Johnson & Johnson's third-quarter sales and profit, which beat Wall Street expectations. The world's biggest maker of health care products on Tuesday also slightly raised its profit forecast for the year. The New Brunswick, N.J., maker...

US regulators OK updated version of decades-old antibiotic

Oct. 2, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a modernized version of a decades-old antibiotic used to treat a number of infections. Paratek Pharmaceuticals' Nuzyra was designed to overcome the problem of resistance to tetracycline, an antibiotic widely used until recent years. The company said...