Newspaper headlines: Cystic fibrosis drugs row and Nissan fallout

Newspaper headlines: Cystic fibrosis drugs row and Nissan fallout


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A life-extending drug for patients with cystic fibrosis has been priced by manufacturers at more than £100,000 per patient per year, the Guardian reports. Campaigners have asked the government to intervene over the drug, called Orkambi, after negotiations between the NHS and the manufacturer reached a stalemate.

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The i also leads on campaigners’ pleas for the government to intervene over Orkambi. They say children with cystic fibrosis are being denied the drug.

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The government is considering withdrawing a £60m support package for Japanese car maker Nissan after it broke a pledge to build one of its new cars at its Sunderland plant, the Times reports. The car maker has said its X-Trail SUV would be built in Japan rather than the UK.

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Business secretary Greg Clark has told Theresa May that Nissan’s decision to cancel production of the X-Trail in Sunderland is “a warning sign” of the damage Brexit could do to the car sector, the Financial Times reports. The paper says Mr Clark urged the prime minister to rule out a no-deal Brexit before further harm was inflicted on British manufacturing.

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Theresa May faces a “race against time” to draw up a new withdrawal agreement proposal to take back to Brussels, the Daily Express reports. The paper said the prime minister will thrash out talks with Tory Brexiteers and Remainers in a bid to find a deal that can get through the Commons, and be acceptable to EU negotiators.

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Smart energy meters could be used to track dementia patients’ daily routines in their homes by the NHS, the Daily Mail reports. The paper says the devices would be able to detect daily activities like boiling the kettle, cooking dinner or using the washing machine. It thinks it could help patients live independently for longer.

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has said women should be less “squeamish” about making money, the Daily Telegraph reports. It is part of the paper’s campaign called Women Mean Business, which highlights the funding gap for female entrepreneurs in the UK.

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Gordon Brown has demanded the BBC drops its bid to axe free TV licences for the over-75s, the Daily Mirror reports.

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The Star carries a story about a US professor who has criticised the Step In Time scene in the original Mary Poppins film.

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The Sun leads with news that TV presenter Ant McPartlin has bought two Maltipoo puppies “to help with his fresh start”.

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