Liver Disease

NEW YORK - Novartis AG said Tuesday it will take a charge of $590 million during the third quarter as it discontinues development of a potential hepatitis C drug and an antifungal product.

BEIJING - Chinese authorities have rejected a request for medical parole for a dissident who has championed AIDS victims and was imprisoned for sedition after being accused of plotting to disturb the Olympic Games, his wife said Monday.

BEIJING - The wife of jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia has appealed to prison authorities for her husband's release, saying he has a serious disease that she fears might turn into liver cancer.

DENVER - A surgery technician who infected about three dozen people with hepatitis C after she injected herself with painkiller-filled syringes and replaced them with ones filled with saline was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison.

DENVER - A surgery technician who infected three dozen people with hepatitis C and may have exposed thousands of others by switching used syringes with ones filled with a powerful painkiller says she got careless while at two Colorado hospitals and doesn't expect to be forgiven.
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