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FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps; no proof they work

WASHINGTON — The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.

“We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration’ drug centre director, in a statement.

Mylan launching generic version of EpiPen

NEW YORK — Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine.

The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version of the EpiPen that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack — about half the current price. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths.

Doctors vote to reject fee deal

TORONTO—Doctors in Ontario have rejected a tentative four-year fee agreement reached with the province’s Liberal government.

The Ontario Medical Association said yesterday that 63 percent of its members who cast ballots Sunday voted against the deal, which would have raised Ontario’s $11.5-billion physician services budget by 2.5 percent in each of the four years.

Get up, stand up: pilot project suggests civil servants love ‘sit-stand’ desks

OTTAWA — It seems some federal workers don’t want to be caught sitting down on the job.

A pilot project in one government department has found that public servants really like their sit-stand desks — so much so, some reported anxiety about being moved to a new position or assignment that would make them give up the chance to spend some or all of the day on their feet.