Psychedelic mushrooms expand Jamaica tourism beyond sunshine and reggae

Psychedelic mushrooms expand Jamaica tourism beyond sunshine and reggae

TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A new group of Jamaican resorts is promoting tourism that offers mystical experiences and stress relief through “magic mushrooms,” as the Caribbean nation seeks to develop a niche industry in natural psychedelics. While mushrooms containing the psychoactive compound psilocybin remain illegal in most parts of Europe and the … Read more

Roche’s Alzheimer’s drug fails to meet goal in long awaited trial

Roche’s Alzheimer’s drug fails to meet goal in long awaited trial

Trials show small benefit, but without statistical validity Roche’s setback leaves Biogen, Eisai as leaders in the field Onus on Roche CEO-designate to revive development fortunes Roche shares down 3.4%, development partner Morphosys down 29% Nov 14 (Reuters) – Roche’s (ROG.S) Alzheimer’s drug candidate could not be shown to slow dementia progression in two drug … Read more

Pfizer expects to hike U.S. COVID vaccine price to $110-$130 per dose

Pfizer expects to hike U.S. COVID vaccine price to 0-0 per dose

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc expects to roughly quadruple the price of its COVID-19 vaccine to about $110 to $130 per dose after the United States government’s current purchase program expires, Pfizer executive Angela Lukin said on Thursday. Lukin said she expects the vaccine – currently provided for free to all by … Read more

Biden touts ‘Cancer Moonshot’ on JFK speech anniversary in Boston

Biden touts ‘Cancer Moonshot’ on JFK speech anniversary in Boston

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BOSTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed orders on Monday to push more government dollars to the U.S. biotechnology industry, as he promoted his initiative to create new treatments and cut the death rate from cancer. Cancer “doesn’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat,” … Read more

Moderna sues Pfizer/BioNTech for patent infringement over COVID vaccine

Moderna sues Pfizer/BioNTech for patent infringement over COVID vaccine

Moderna’s logo is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 26 (Reuters) – Moderna sued Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday for patent infringement in the development of the first COVID-19 vaccine approved … Read more

Bluebird’s $2.8 million gene therapy becomes most expensive drug after U.S. approval

Bluebird’s .8 million gene therapy becomes most expensive drug after U.S. approval

Signage is seen outside of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in White Oak, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved bluebird bio’s (BLUE.O) gene therapy for patients with a rare … Read more

UK first to approve Omicron COVID shot with Moderna nod

UK first to approve Omicron COVID shot with Moderna nod

A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen, Wales, Britain April 7, 2021. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UK’s JCVI backs using bivalent shot in autumn booster campaign Moderna sees Australia, Canada, EU approvals soon LONDON, … Read more

Exclusive: Cassava Sciences faces U.S. criminal probe tied to Alzheimer’s drug, sources say

Exclusive: Cassava Sciences faces U.S. criminal probe tied to Alzheimer’s drug, sources say

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Cassava Sciences Inc (SAVA.O) involving whether the biotech company manipulated research results for its experimental Alzheimer’s drug, two people familiar with the inquiry said. The Justice Department personnel conducting the investigation into Austin, Texas-based Cassava specialize in examining whether companies … Read more

China approves Genuine Biotech’s HIV drug for COVID patients

China approves Genuine Biotech’s HIV drug for COVID patients

BEIJING, July 25 (Reuters) – China on Monday gave conditional approval to domestic firm Genuine Biotech’s Azvudine pill to treat certain adult patients with COVID-19, adding another oral treatment option against the coronavirus. The availability of effective COVID vaccines and treatments is crucial in laying the groundwork for China’s potential pivoting from its “dynamic COVID … Read more

U.S. FDA advisers overwhelmingly back Moderna COVID vaccine for ages 6-17

U.S. FDA advisers overwhelmingly back Moderna COVID vaccine for ages 6-17

A pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 14 (Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unanimously recommended that the agency authorize Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 … Read more