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US Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill on Thursday that proposes to fast-track FDA approval for drugs and medical devices already authorized in other countries. Known as the Reciprocity Ensures Streamlined Use of Lifesaving Treatments Act, or the RESULT Act, the bill advocates for the reciprocal approval of drugs. In […]

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The US government on Wednesday suspended Turkey’s involvement with the F-35 fighter jet program, citing concerns with Turkey’s purchase of a Russian-built missile defense system. In a statement issued by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, the US government said that Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system presented a security risk for the […]

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The German Federal Ministry of Health on Wednesday approved a broad measure that would require proof of measles vaccination to access to community facilities, including daycares and schools. The bill comes as a reaction to continued measles infections despite an effective vaccine. In 2018 there were 651 cases of measles reported, and within four months […]

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The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted 231-199 to approve a bill that could increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. HR 582 (or the “Raise the Wage Act”) is set-up to gradually increase the minimum wage until 2025, when the $15 minimum would be achieved. Tipped workers, new hires younger than […]

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In a press release on Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) opened an investigation into Amazon for possible anti-competitive conduct to “assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is a breach in EU competition rules.” Commissioner Vestager stated that the EC is seeking to ensure that “large online […]

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