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Mylan is Launching Generic Version of EpiPen


NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism continued to mount 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. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths.

 

Myland N.V. said that it anticipates having the generic versions available in the next several weeks. It will continue to market and distribute branded EpiPen.

 

The company charges $608 for a two-pack of the branded EpiPen. Mylan said it will keep in place the $300 savings card for the branded EpiPen and the revised patient assistance program announced last week.

 

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Astronaut Breaks US Record: 521 Days in Space and Counting

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An astronaut has set a U.S. record for most time spent in space.

 

 

Jeffrey Williams, commander of the International Space Station, marked his 521st day in orbit Wednesday, a number accumulated over four flights. That surpasses the 520-day record set by Scott Kelly, whose one-year space station mission ended in March.

 

By the time Williams returns to Earth in two weeks, he will have logged 534 days off the planet for NASA. His record won't last long. Space station veteran Peggy Whitson will top that after she flies up in November for a six-month stay. She's already at the 377-day mark for total space time, a record for a woman.

 

Kelly, who's now retired from NASA, called Williams from Mission Control in Houston on Wednesday morning and offered congratulations.

 

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Ford Recalls Over 88K Vehicles Due to Stalling Problem

 

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem.

 

The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. All have 3.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engines.

 

Ford says the fuel pump control modules can fail, and the engines may not start, or they could stall, leaving drivers without the ability to restart them. The company says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

 

Dealers will replace the control module at no cost to owners.

 

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