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"With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention close to exhausting available funds for Zika preparedness and response, Congress' failure is fueling concerns about how Zika will impact the health of U.S. citizens. The main goal of the voucher program is to spur development of new drugs for neglected diseases. Pharmaceutical companies seeking approval of a Zika vaccine or therapy may now receive a transferable voucher that shortens FDA review period of a second, unrelated drug by about four months. The program was an attempt to encourage costly research and development in areas with markets that are too small for companies to recover the costs associated with generating innovative drugs and therapies. Scholars predict they will invest it in one of their blockbuster drugs, destined for the larger and more reliable markets of money-making diseases like cholesterol, acid reflux or asthma. Studies also show that pharmaceutical companies have used the voucher program to bring", www.sfgate.com
"SEATTLE - Lawmakers are talking pot -- and pesticides.The King County Council is currently weighing a measure to test recreational marijuana for illegal pesticides. Producers of products found with banned substances could face fines or have their licenses", komonews.com
"SALINAS >> For the second time in less than four months, agricultural and farmworker leaders announced an agreement intended to protect field laborers from pesticide exposure. The agreement announced Monday will run through the end of thi", www.montereyherald.com
"WASHINGTON — A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honeybees, one reason the bees are dwindling.The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didn’t kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 percent less live sperm than those that didn’t, according to a controlled experiment by Swiss researchers published last week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.It essentially acted as", www.bendbulletin.com
"At a “To Bee or Not to Bee” picnic in Buccleuch Park, Environment New Jersey aimed to raise awareness about the issue of bee colony collapse and encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to ban the class of pesticides known.", www.app.com