Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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(CA-Drug-Prices)

Drug companies doing business in California will soon have to notify the public two months in advance of dramatic price spikes under new legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

The legislation marks one of the strictest drug-price transparency laws in the U-S, as states move to shine a spotlight on rapidly rising costs in the hopes of enticing drugmakers to keep them down.

One-in-four Americans have trouble affording prescription drugs, according to one survey, and price spikes in EpiPen and other critical drugs in recent years have sparked outrage from consumers and lawmakers.

The pharmaceutical industry, though, has vociferously fought drug-price transparency laws in California and across the country and helped kill similar legislation last year. (The Associated Press)

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(Blindness-Gene-Therapy)

On Thursday, U-S Food and Drug Administration advisers will consider whether to recommend approval of a gene therapy that improved vision for people with hereditary blindness.

It would be the first gene therapy in the U-S for an inherited disease, and the first in which a corrective gene is given directly to a patient.

Only one gene therapy is sold in the U-S now -- a cancer treatment approved in August that engineers patients' blood cells in the lab.

The treatment , Luxturna, does not give 20-20 vision or work for everyone, but a study found it improved vision for nearly all of those given it and seemed safe.

The F-D-A must decide by January 18th whether to approve Luxturna. (The Associated Press)

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(US-Trump-Birth-Control)

Washington state has filed a lawsuit against U-S President Donald Trump over his decision to let more employers claiming religious or moral objections opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who successfully sued to block Trump's initial travel ban early this year, announced his latest lawsuit yesterday, three days after the new rules were issued.

Other Democratic-leaning states, including Massachusetts and California, sued on Friday, as did the American Civil Liberties Union. …

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