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  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry. At MacFarlane Farms, feed trucks that come onto the farm have to be...

  • Aerie Pharma plummets   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    Aerie pharma plummets

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell gives a report on Aerie Pharmaceuticals and why biotech investing is tricky.

  • LONDON, April 24- European regulators have recommended approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo, paving the way for it to become the first of a closely watched group of immune system-boosting cancer medicines to go on sale in Europe. It competes with Merck& Co's Keytruda, which is also on the market in the United States but not in Europe. Although Keytruda is...

  • LONDON, April 24- AstraZeneca is getting a $450 million windfall by letting Celgene develop a prized immunotherapy drug for blood cancers but its chief executive insists the deal is about strategy, not cash. Chief Executive Pascal Soriot, however, said he had been looking for a partner in blood cancers since last year and by teaming up with U.S.-based Celgene, a...

  • Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Jeni's ice cream hasn't been linked to any illnesses, but the company recalled its...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response of the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the United States. State health officials also said the state has been expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu, for farm workers and others...

  • Inside a $200 million health-care fraud scheme Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    Investigators say a New Jersey blood lab paid doctors to send blood work their way as part of a $200 million health-care scheme.

  • April 23- A unit of AstraZeneca Plc has teamed up with Juno Therapeutics Inc to develop combination treatments that use the body's immune system to kill cancer cells. The partnership between AstraZeneca's research and development arm MedImmune and Juno is the latest collaboration between companies intent on developing a new class of drugs known as...

  • April 23- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc said its emergency blood clotting agent was granted a priority review status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accelerating the regulatory process by four months.

  • Q&A: What's listeria and how is it traced to ice cream? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— New technologies account for one way that the government is tracking a life-threatening outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week after listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats. The massive recall followed several smaller recalls as...

  • CDC using new technology to track listeria Illnesses Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is relying on some new technology— as well as a bit of luck— to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week as listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats. "It is giving us a new power to investigate cold cases,"...

  • Tekmira Ebola drug succeeds in small monkey study Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 22- An experimental Ebola drug from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp cured all three monkeys intentionally infected with the virus, scientists reported on Wednesday, the first such success against the strain of Ebola in West Africa's 2014-2015 outbreak. Although other experimental treatments appeared to help Ebola patients last year,...

  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful...

  • LOS ANGELES— An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. Steve Gilberg, a digital marketer in Chicago, says his 6- year-old pug-Chihuahua mix, Joey, had most of the symptoms: high fever, runny nose, watery...

  • COPENHAGEN, April 22- Novo Nordisk's new obesity drug Saxenda, which has been launched in the United States on Wednesday, will cost $1,068 per month in the country, the company told Reuters in an email on Wednesday.

  • 4 million hens euthenized over bird flu fears   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:24 AM ET
    4 million hens euthenized over bird flu fears

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports avian influenza cases are mounting in the U.S., and provides insight to the potential risks to the poultry and grain markets with the flu.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Breast cancer drugs such as Herceptin as well as new uses for multi-cancer drug Avastin helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche grow sales by 3 percent during the first quarter. Group sales rose 3 percent to 11.83 billion Swiss francs. CEO Severin Schwan said Wednesday that "we started the year with strong growth and good uptake of new...

  • LONDON, April 22- Swiss drugmaker Roche has "renewed confidence" that drugs targeting potentially brain-destroying plaque can fight Alzheimer's disease, following promising results with a product from a rival. Pharmaceuticals head Daniel O'Day said on Wednesday Roche would look again at prospects for two of its experimental Alzheimer's drugs, both of...

  • With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak. The USDA would then provide that seed strain to drug manufacturers if the agency ultimately decides the vaccine is necessary to stop avian influenza.