About half of all new medicines in the world are discovered and developed
by U.S. drug companies. These US Drug companies are charging Americans
twice as much for these same drugs as they do other countries.
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The European Commission moved quickly Wednesday
to ban a softening chemical contained in certain baby toys that officials
say can damage the liver and other organs. Representatives of the 15 European
Union nations are
expected to endorse the emergency ban Nov. 22, although the measure prohibiting
toy manufacturers from using the compound goes into effect in 10 days. The commission also proposed mandatory labeling of all toys intended to be put in the mouth and called for a complete withdrawal of toys containing phthalates before Christmas.
Phthalates are chemical softeners used in toys like baby rattlers and
teething toys, which are sucked and chewed on by children. Commission
officials said they can cause liver, kidney, and testicular damage.
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