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White House Government Agencies

  • TOKYO, Sept 15- The yen firmed in Asian trade on Thursday as investors' looked for safe havens in the face of weakening share markets, though major currency pairs were otherwise little changed ahead of next week's Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve policy meetings. The dollar edged down 0.2 percent to 102.24 yen, moving away from a one-week high of 103.35 yen touched...

  • *BOJ, Fed will both hold policy meetings on Sep 20-21. TOKYO, Sept 15- The dollar edged up in early Asian trade on Thursday, though major currency pairs remained hamstrung ahead of next week's Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve policy meetings. There is no consensus in the BOJ yet on whether to deepen negative rates at the Sept. 20-21 meeting, when it conducts the...

  • Pfizer's Chantix was approved about a decade ago, but thousands of reports of mental health problems in users led to the FDA imposing the "black box" warning- the most severe available- in 2009.. Pfizer failed a previous attempt to get rid of the boxed warning, after the FDA went along with a panel recommendation in 2014 to retain it pending the outcome of the...

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 14- Mexico's currency fell on Wednesday to its lowest closing level ever, with investors on edge due to uncertainty over the timing of the next U.S. interest rate increase and sinking crude oil prices. Investors were also worried that other major central banks, such as the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan, could be close to reducing their...

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 14- Mexico's currency fell on Wednesday to its lowest closing level ever, with investors on edge due to uncertainty over the timing of the next U.S. interest rate increase and sinking crude oil prices. Investors were also worried that other major central banks, such as the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan, could be close to reducing their...

  • Sept 14- A serious warning on Pfizer Inc's drug that helps quit smoking should be removed, 10 of 19 independent panelists to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Wednesday, after reviewing additional trial data. On Monday, FDA staff issued a scathing review of the large post-marketing study, flagging inconsistencies in data collection and the...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 14- When Brian Cooksey joined a tech startup as a software developer in 2011, he was not thinking about the benefits package, especially not the parental leave policy- and neither was the company. What changed in the meantime time was a key decision by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2014 that mandated all leaves be treated the...

  • The FDA confirmed on Wednesday that Dr. Farkas was seen as the leading voice within the FDA arguing against the approval of the drug and the author of a scathing critique of the company's application. Janet Woodcock, the head of the FDA's pharmaceuticals division, appeared willing from the beginning to support approval pending the outcome of a confirmatory...

  • The committee, which convened to advise the FDA on whether to approve the drug, voted unanimously that the treatment has no more effect on the disease than a placebo over a two-year period. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory committees but typically does so. The company subsequently initiated a new late-stage trial which it said...

  • The FDA confirmed on Wednesday that Dr. Farkas was seen as the leading voice within the FDA arguing against the approval of the drug and the author of a scathing critique of the company's application. Suntrust Robinson Humphrey said Farkas's departure at this juncture would further indicate that there is turmoil within the FDA on what to do with eteplirsen.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 14- The U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting minutes provide some assurances about future policy but do not necessarily improve the Fed's predictability, a study published by the European Central Bank showed on Wednesday. The Bank of England publishes minutes at the same time as the interest rate decision, with detailed voting records, and is...

  • Sept 14- Wall Street rose on Wednesday, supported by gains in technology stocks and in tandem with the recent oscillation as investors fret over interest rates. U.S. stocks have swung wildly since Friday on contrasting comments from Federal Reserve officials on whether the central bank would raise interest rates at its Sept. 20-21 meeting.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 14- Latin American stocks and currencies were mixed on Wednesday as uncertainty over the timing of the next U.S. interest rate increase and volatility in crude prices kept investors on edge. Concerns that other major central banks, such as the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan, could be close to reducing their monetary support also...

  • *Sarepta jumps as key drug critic leaves FDA. Sept 14- Wall Street was little changed on Wednesday as gains in technology stocks, led by Apple, were offset by a decline in energy stocks on the back of lower oil prices. U.S. stocks have swung wildly since Friday on contrasting comments from Federal Reserve officials on whether the central bank would raise interest...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 14- U.S. import prices fell for the first time in six months in August on declining petroleum and food costs, pointing to a tame inflation environment that could encourage the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates steady next week. The Labor Department said on Wednesday import prices decreased 0.2 percent in August after an unrevised 0.1...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 14- U.S. import prices fell for the first time in six months in August on declining petroleum and food costs, pointing to a tame inflation environment that could encourage the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates steady next week. The Labor Department said on Wednesday import prices decreased 0.2 percent in August after an unrevised 0.1...

  • Sept 14- Shire Plc said the United States Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment for patients with primary immunodeficiency, a group of genetic disorders in which part of the body's immune system is missing or functions improperly.

  • Sept 14- Hong Kong stocks were little changed on Wednesday as traders were reluctant to make any big bets ahead of next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting. Many investors stood on the sidelines with overnight losses on Wall Street curbing risk appetite. All eyes are on the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Sept. 20-21 as traders anxiously wait to see...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 13- U.S. household income posted a record increase in 2015 after years of stagnation, suggesting the recovery from the Great Recession was finally lifting ordinary citizens who had been largely left behind. The Census Bureau said on Tuesday that median household income surged 5.2 percent last year to $56,500, the highest since 2007, in large...

  • *Dollar gains vs yen on Nikkei News Service report. NEW YORK, Sept 13- The U.S. dollar hit a one-week high against a basket of six major rivals on Tuesday as focus turned to the likelihood of a December Federal Reserve rate hike, while declines in riskier commodity currencies also boosted the dollar. The focus on a December rate hike came after Fed Governor Lael...