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FDA panelists say new data are not strong enough to conclude naproxen is safer on heart

SILVER SPRING, Md. - A majority of federal health experts said Tuesday that new research is not strong enough to conclude that naproxen, the pain reliever in Aleve and many other medications, is safer on the heart than rival drugs used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and everyday aches and pains. The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 16-9 against the conclusion that naproxen has a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than similar anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, sold as Advil and in other generic formulations.

Hoffman's cause of death undetermined

The results of an autopsy of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body were inconclusive, and further tests have been ordered, the medical examiner's office said Wednesaday. US police investigating Hoffman's death of an apparent heroin overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin in Lower Manhattan late Tuesday, charging them with drug-related offenses.

Two dozen charged in $500 million New York pain-pill scheme

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twenty-five people, including doctors, were charged with involvement in a massive scheme that flooded New York City's black market with as much as $500 million in painkillers, federal and state officials said on Wednesday.

Hoffman cause of death undetermined, 4 charged for drugs

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three men and one woman arrested in New York have been charged with drugs offences possibly connected to narcotics found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death of an apparent heroin overdose, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Although Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm, the cause of his death remained undetermined and more study was needed, said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for New York City's Chief Medical Examiner.

Two dozen charged in $500 million New York pain-pill scheme

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twenty-five people, including doctors, were charged with involvement in a massive scheme that flooded New York City's black market with as much as $500 million in painkillers, federal and state officials said on Wednesday.

Autopsy on Hoffman inconclusive, more tests needed

The results of an autopsy on Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body were inconclusive, and further tests have been ordered, the New York medical examiner's office said Wednesday. A spokeswoman told AFP that pathologists had not yet reached a conclusion on the cause and manner of the death of the 46-year-old, whose body was found in his New York home on Sunday. Hoffman, who had three children, was hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation.

Police confirm 4 arrests in Hoffman's death

US police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drugs overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin, police said Wednesday. The three men aged 22, 48 and 57, and the woman, 22, were all detained on drug-related charges, a police spokesman told AFP. "A large amount" of heroin was found in their possession in southern Manhattan, he said. Hoffman died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, with a needle found stuck in his arm. Around 50 envelopes of heroin, syringes and other pills littered the apartment.

Police confirm 4 arrests in Hoffman's death

US police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drugs overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin, police said Wednesday. The three men aged 22, 48 and 57, and the woman, 22, were all detained on drug-related charges, a police spokesman told AFP. "A large amount" of heroin was found in their possession in southern Manhattan, he said. Hoffman died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, with a needle found stuck in his arm. Around 50 envelopes of heroin, syringes and other pills littered the apartment.

Police confirm 4 arrests in Hoffman's death

US police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drugs overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin, police said Wednesday. The three men aged 22, 48 and 57, and the woman, 22, were all detained on drug-related charges, a police spokesman told AFP. "A large amount" of heroine was found in their possession in southern Manhattan, he said. Hoffman died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, with a needle found stuck in his arm. Around 50 envelopes of heroin, syringes and other pills littered the apartment.

Four arrests in drug probe of Hoffman death

US police investigating the apparent drug overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arrested four people Tuesday night with more than 350 bags of heroin, the New York Times reported. Three men and a woman were arrested in a search of three Manhattan apartments. Investigators recovered the bags of heroin inside the apartments, the paper said, quoting a law enforcement official. The Times said information stemming from the investigation into Hoffman's death led them to the building, the official said.
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