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Tighter Patent Rules Could Help Lower Drug Prices, Study Shows

Repeated extensions of drug patents help fend off competitors, researchers say, keeping prices high. And the fact that Medicare and Medicaid can't negotiate for discounts doesn't help, either.
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Doctors Get Disciplined For Misconduct; Drug Firms Keep Paying Them

Hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device firms have paid doctors for their services even after the doctors were disciplined for serious misconduct by state medical boards, an analysis finds.
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Need A Fill Of Drugstore History? Try Tucson's Pharmacy Museum

The centerpiece of the History of Pharmacy Museum is a penny candy jar filled with old wads of gum allegedly chewed by the infamous gangster John Dillinger and stuck under a pharmacy counter.
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NBC Declares Rio A 'Media' Success, Though TV Ratings Were Down

NBC broadcast more than 6,000 hours from the Summer Olympics on various platforms and hailed it as a big triumph, even though TV ratings dropped off substantially from London in 2012.
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Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.
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Social Network Nextdoor Moves To Block Racial Profiling Online

Social networks let users share without being impeded. But Nextdoor, a platform for neighborhoods, is moving to block posts for the first time when they appear to be racial profiling.
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Craft Distillers Tap Pure Sugar Cane For A Southern Rum Renaissance

The South was once a hub for sugar plantations. Now, small rum-makers are turning away from molasses, culling fresh sugar cane itself to create smooth liquors with grassy, woody or floral flavors.
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Rental Car Companies Face Challenges In Age Of Ride-Sharing Services

As more business travelers opt for services like Uber and Lyft, traditional car rental companies are facing new challenges. But companies are fighting back.
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Uber Competitor In NYC Promises Drivers Benefits, Even Employee Status

While Uber and Lyft both fight in courts to keep their workers as independent contractors, new ride-hailing startup Juno is moving to offer full employee status and other benefits.
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Speedo Cancels Its Sponsorship Deal With Ryan Lochte

Saying it can't condone Ryan Lochte's behavior in Rio, swimwear company Speedo says it's donating part of Lochte's fee — $50,000 — to Save the Children, earmarked for children in Brazil.

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