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Feb 27, 2014

Groups urge FDA to halt launch of Zohydro pain drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A coalition of addiction experts, physicians and others is urging U.S. health officials to reverse course and block the launch of a powerful painkiller called Zohydro, expected to hit the market next month.

The opioid drug, manufactured by Zogenix Inc, contains a potent amount of an active ingredient that could be lethal to new patients and children and is not safer than other current pain drugs, the groups told the Food and Drug Administration.

Feb 27, 2014

U.S. cites crackdowns on protestors, gays in global rights report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday expressed growing concern about government crackdowns on peaceful protest and persecution of gays in a number of countries in its annual review of global human rights.

The State Department report highlighted conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Turkey, Vietnam, Egypt and other countries where military forces have used violence and political repression to target protesters demanding their rights.

Feb 27, 2014