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  • 7News Editorial- Good News

    7News Editorial- Good News

    Thursday, February 15 2018 2:51 PM EST2018-02-15 19:51:36 GMT
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    Negative events are part of our daily lives.  In covering news, our duty is to tell you the stories that we feel have or will have an impact on your life. This year, we're working harder to uncover more positive stories in and around Texoma.  KSWO told you the story of Lawton Public Schools celebrating Global Play Day, a day dedicated to building social, critical skills, and relationships.  

    Negative events are part of our daily lives.  In covering news, our duty is to tell you the stories that we feel have or will have an impact on your life. This year, we're working harder to uncover more positive stories in and around Texoma.  KSWO told you the story of Lawton Public Schools celebrating Global Play Day, a day dedicated to building social, critical skills, and relationships.  

  • 7News Editorial: Newsroom Enhancements

    7News Editorial: Newsroom Enhancements

    Friday, February 9 2018 3:34 PM EST2018-02-09 20:34:33 GMT
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    This year, I'm sure you've noticed some of the newsroom enhancements we've recently made here at KSWO.  From new flat screen monitors to a more visually appealing blue set look. We continue to invest in our newsroom to enhance our on-air look for you, the viewer.  In response to your feedback, we have also re-allocated news resources to bringing you more good news and positive stories that also exist in our community.  

    This year, I'm sure you've noticed some of the newsroom enhancements we've recently made here at KSWO.  From new flat screen monitors to a more visually appealing blue set look. We continue to invest in our newsroom to enhance our on-air look for you, the viewer.  In response to your feedback, we have also re-allocated news resources to bringing you more good news and positive stories that also exist in our community.  

  • 7News Editorial: Buying Local

    7News Editorial: Buying Local

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 3:22 PM EST2017-11-14 20:22:50 GMT
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    The Christmas holiday season is here and that means many of you will be heading to our stores or your computer to buy gifts for your family and friends. I wanted to take a little time to explain the importance of making those purchases with our local businesses.  Research shows that $68 out of every $100 spent in local businesses stays here in our community.  

    The Christmas holiday season is here and that means many of you will be heading to our stores or your computer to buy gifts for your family and friends. I wanted to take a little time to explain the importance of making those purchases with our local businesses.  Research shows that $68 out of every $100 spent in local businesses stays here in our community.  

  • 7News Editorial: Race Issues

    7News Editorial: Race Issues

    Friday, September 29 2017 5:28 PM EDT2017-09-29 21:28:52 GMT
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    Why, in this country founded on freedom and strengthened by the collective differences of its citizens, does race continue coming up as an issue? Is it really 2017? Why, in a period where we are naively facing a threat like we haven’t seen before where North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear weapons in other countries and the US, are we focusing our energies on fighting each other rather than the enemy?

    Why, in this country founded on freedom and strengthened by the collective differences of its citizens, does race continue coming up as an issue? Is it really 2017? Why, in a period where we are naively facing a threat like we haven’t seen before where North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear weapons in other countries and the US, are we focusing our energies on fighting each other rather than the enemy?

  • 7News Editorial: American Spirit

    7News Editorial: American Spirit

    Friday, September 15 2017 4:36 PM EDT2017-09-15 20:36:50 GMT
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    The past couple weeks we have seen tremendous devastation from two hurricanes that hit the Southern United States. It’s hard to watch and think about the challenges and struggles our fellow Americans are facing in those impacted areas. Some losing everything, some losing loved ones, and other ones left to rebuild with no insurance. There is one positive that comes from such a catastrophe. It is that, Again, we as Americans, unite and see everyone the same. 

    The past couple weeks we have seen tremendous devastation from two hurricanes that hit the Southern United States. It’s hard to watch and think about the challenges and struggles our fellow Americans are facing in those impacted areas. Some losing everything, some losing loved ones, and other ones left to rebuild with no insurance. There is one positive that comes from such a catastrophe. It is that, Again, we as Americans, unite and see everyone the same. 

  • 7News Editorial: DirecTV Negotiation Update

    7News Editorial: DirecTV Negotiation Update

    Thursday, August 31 2017 4:11 PM EDT2017-08-31 20:11:00 GMT
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    This is an update for our local DIRECTV subscribers. I am pleased to let you know KSWO’s carriage agreement with DIRECTV has been temporarily extended, ensuring you will continue to receive this channel through Tuesday, September 5th. Our local commitment is all about putting the needs of our community first. As we all witness the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we are reminded of the power and responsibility of local broadcasters to serve those in need. 

    This is an update for our local DIRECTV subscribers. I am pleased to let you know KSWO’s carriage agreement with DIRECTV has been temporarily extended, ensuring you will continue to receive this channel through Tuesday, September 5th. Our local commitment is all about putting the needs of our community first. As we all witness the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we are reminded of the power and responsibility of local broadcasters to serve those in need. 

  • 7News Editorial: Attention DirecTV viewers

    7News Editorial: Attention DirecTV viewers

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 1:11 PM EDT2017-08-30 17:11:54 GMT
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    In one day, local DirecTV viewers may experience what millions of other subscribers across the country already have and lose access to their favorite news, weather, and programming.   We have worked hard to reach an agreement to keep KSWO 7News on DirecTV’s lineup, but time is running out and they have refused to come to a fair agreement with us.  It’s unfortunate but it has happened before.

    In one day, local DirecTV viewers may experience what millions of other subscribers across the country already have and lose access to their favorite news, weather, and programming.   We have worked hard to reach an agreement to keep KSWO 7News on DirecTV’s lineup, but time is running out and they have refused to come to a fair agreement with us.  It’s unfortunate but it has happened before.

  • 7News Editorial: DirecTV negotiations

    7News Editorial: DirecTV negotiations

    Monday, August 28 2017 2:08 PM EDT2017-08-28 18:08:23 GMT
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    In my last message to the community, I made a commitment to keep DIRECTV viewers informed about ongoing negotiations to keep KSWO on their system. We continue to work with them, but as of yet, they have not agreed to a fair deal to keep this channel on their lineup after August 31st. It wouldn’t be the first time DIRECTV left their customers in the dark.

    In my last message to the community, I made a commitment to keep DIRECTV viewers informed about ongoing negotiations to keep KSWO on their system. We continue to work with them, but as of yet, they have not agreed to a fair deal to keep this channel on their lineup after August 31st. It wouldn’t be the first time DIRECTV left their customers in the dark.

  • 7News Editorial: DirecTV

    7News Editorial: DirecTV

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-08-22 21:40:13 GMT
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    Did you know more people get their news from local broadcasters than those big national cable outlets? In fact, the average newscast at a Raycom Media station delivers nearly 8 times the audience of a national cable newscast. At KSWO 7News, that’s what our LOCAL commitment is all about -- Severe weather warnings, important news and information where you live, your favorite DirecTV shows and sports. 

    Did you know more people get their news from local broadcasters than those big national cable outlets? In fact, the average newscast at a Raycom Media station delivers nearly 8 times the audience of a national cable newscast. At KSWO 7News, that’s what our LOCAL commitment is all about -- Severe weather warnings, important news and information where you live, your favorite DirecTV shows and sports. 

  • 7News Editorial: Congressional Shooting

    7News Editorial: Congressional Shooting

    Thursday, June 15 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-06-15 22:21:57 GMT
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    KSWO and ABC News showed you the shocking footage from the Congressional shooting June 14th. Yet again, our great country has another shooting incident where a gunman intends to kill a large group of people. These incidents make me wonder, what in the world is going through someone’s mind to commit such an act?  

    KSWO and ABC News showed you the shocking footage from the Congressional shooting June 14th. Yet again, our great country has another shooting incident where a gunman intends to kill a large group of people. These incidents make me wonder, what in the world is going through someone’s mind to commit such an act?  

  • 7News Editorial: Fake News

    7News Editorial: Fake News

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-05-31 21:51:21 GMT
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    Fake News is a term that has become popular recently. With the internet and a growing number of places for information, some of these sources do not verify or double check Information to ensure what’s being reported is accurate. Others have journalistic standards that are questionable, and some have a personal or professional agenda to push so they position the information in such a way to further that agenda. 

    Fake News is a term that has become popular recently. With the internet and a growing number of places for information, some of these sources do not verify or double check Information to ensure what’s being reported is accurate. Others have journalistic standards that are questionable, and some have a personal or professional agenda to push so they position the information in such a way to further that agenda. 

  • 7News Editorial: Severe Weather Show

    7News Editorial: Severe Weather Show

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-05-31 21:50:55 GMT
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    Recently, KSWO ran the 5th Season Severe Weather Show followed by a 5th Season First Alert Severe Weather Awareness Event April 8th at the Museum of The Great Plains. With Texoma being in the area known as tornado alley, this is a region that does see tornadoes and other severe weather events.

    Recently, KSWO ran the 5th Season Severe Weather Show followed by a 5th Season First Alert Severe Weather Awareness Event April 8th at the Museum of The Great Plains. With Texoma being in the area known as tornado alley, this is a region that does see tornadoes and other severe weather events.

  • 7News Editorial: First Alert Weather Days

    7News Editorial: First Alert Weather Days

    Thursday, May 11 2017 5:11 PM EDT2017-05-11 21:11:08 GMT
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    Earlier this year, KSWO and KAUZ launched First Alert weather.  We received lots of great feedback from viewers thanking us for this enhanced warning system.  I have also received feedback questioning why we post a First Alert Day and there doesn’t turn out to be a severe weather event.  We only create a First Alert Day when we see a substantial risk for severe weather and we try to warn you 72 hours in advance.

    Earlier this year, KSWO and KAUZ launched First Alert weather.  We received lots of great feedback from viewers thanking us for this enhanced warning system.  I have also received feedback questioning why we post a First Alert Day and there doesn’t turn out to be a severe weather event.  We only create a First Alert Day when we see a substantial risk for severe weather and we try to warn you 72 hours in advance.

  • 7News Editorial: Local Retail Closures

    7News Editorial: Local Retail Closures

    Friday, February 3 2017 4:47 PM EST2017-02-03 21:47:44 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- KSWO recently reported on the closure of a third major retailer, this time Sears in Lawton, with their doors expected to close at the end of March.  The major driving force behind these closures is the continued migration of consumers to shop-online rather than the traditional brick and mortar locations. Online sales grew 14% in the 2016 holiday season nationwide according to Kiplinger, in-store sales only grew 1.4%.  Why should we consumers be conc...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- KSWO recently reported on the closure of a third major retailer, this time Sears in Lawton, with their doors expected to close at the end of March.  The major driving force behind these closures is the continued migration of consumers to shop-online rather than the traditional brick and mortar locations. Online sales grew 14% in the 2016 holiday season nationwide according to Kiplinger, in-store sales only grew 1.4%.  Why should we consumers be conc...
  • 7News Editorial: A Brand-New Year

    7News Editorial: A Brand-New Year

    Monday, January 16 2017 11:21 AM EST2017-01-16 16:21:07 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- It’s a brand-new year and KSWO is pleased to bring you a new look to our newscasts.  On Monday, January 16, 7News introduced a new graphic look along with greatly enhanced weather maps and forecasting tools.  These enhancements and improvements are all part of KSWO’s and our parent company, Raycom Media’s investment in this station to better serve our viewers in Southwest Oklahoma and the Texoma region. In December of 2015, KSWO was...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- It’s a brand-new year and KSWO is pleased to bring you a new look to our newscasts.  On Monday, January 16, 7News introduced a new graphic look along with greatly enhanced weather maps and forecasting tools.  These enhancements and improvements are all part of KSWO’s and our parent company, Raycom Media’s investment in this station to better serve our viewers in Southwest Oklahoma and the Texoma region. In December of 2015, KSWO was...
  • 7News Editorial: Share Your Christmas

    7News Editorial: Share Your Christmas

    Friday, December 9 2016 1:07 PM EST2016-12-09 18:07:47 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Each year in our community, there’s a tremendous need for families who are less fortunate. Many do not have food, clothing, or the ability to provide toys for their kids this holiday season. In an effort to help,  KSWO created  “Share Your Christmas”. The Lawton Walmarts, Midas, Gene Burke Auto Glass, Robinson Air, City National Bank & 7News have partnered to help the Lawton Food Bank and

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Each year in our community, there’s a tremendous need for families who are less fortunate. Many do not have food, clothing, or the ability to provide toys for their kids this holiday season. In an effort to help,  KSWO created  “Share Your Christmas”. The Lawton Walmarts, Midas, Gene Burke Auto Glass, Robinson Air, City National Bank & 7News have partnered to help the Lawton Food Bank and

  • 7News Editorial: Refocusing after the Presidential Election

    7News Editorial: Refocusing after the Presidential Election

    Thursday, December 8 2016 4:23 PM EST2016-12-08 21:23:44 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- 2016 certainly will go down as the year of the underdog…the Cubs, down 3 games to 1 come back to win the World Series, the Cleveland Cavaliers down 3 games to 1 come back to win the NBA Finals, and the country elects a president who is not a politician after he was essentially written off as an outsider with little chance of winning. I am just partly relieved that this LONG battle is over and we can all go back to leading our daily lives.  However, I am...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- 2016 certainly will go down as the year of the underdog…the Cubs, down 3 games to 1 come back to win the World Series, the Cleveland Cavaliers down 3 games to 1 come back to win the NBA Finals, and the country elects a president who is not a politician after he was essentially written off as an outsider with little chance of winning. I am just partly relieved that this LONG battle is over and we can all go back to leading our daily lives.  However, I am...

  • 7News Editorial: Honoring our servicemen this Veterans Day

    7News Editorial: Honoring our servicemen this Veterans Day

    Friday, November 11 2016 4:53 PM EST2016-11-11 21:53:58 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Veterans Day has so much more meaning than just the day itself. It’s a time to commemorate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for OUR common good. Veterans Day is a day of History and was established in recognition of the ending of hostilities in World War I. It’s an annual anniversary with thanksgiving, prayer, and events designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual un...

    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Veterans Day has so much more meaning than just the day itself. It’s a time to commemorate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for OUR common good. Veterans Day is a day of History and was established in recognition of the ending of hostilities in World War I. It’s an annual anniversary with thanksgiving, prayer, and events designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual un...

  • 7News Editorial: Exercising your right to vote

    7News Editorial: Exercising your right to vote

    Monday, October 24 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-10-24 20:14:12 GMT
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    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Voter apathy is a term we’ve heard for at least a generation. The low percentage of eligible voters who participate in the process is sometimes seen as an embarrassment to our political system. Based on polls earlier this year showing 60% of Americans were alarmed about the presidential election, the prospects for a large turnout again appear unlikely. While the Clinton and Trump campaigns have generated plenty of political heat, and much of it negative, the...
    LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Voter apathy is a term we’ve heard for at least a generation. The low percentage of eligible voters who participate in the process is sometimes seen as an embarrassment to our political system. Based on polls earlier this year showing 60% of Americans were alarmed about the presidential election, the prospects for a large turnout again appear unlikely. While the Clinton and Trump campaigns have generated plenty of political heat, and much of it negative, the...
  • 7News Editorial: Supporting humane societies

    7News Editorial: Supporting humane societies

    Friday, October 7 2016 5:27 PM EDT2016-10-07 21:27:50 GMT
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    In a world where there are so many great organizations in need, an often forgotten cause is that of the humane society and animal shelters. The Humane Society of the US, through local shelters, cares for more than 100,000 animals each year. The service these shelters provide in taking abandoned animals off the streets, controlling pet populations and protecting the community from rabid animals is often taken for granted. 

    In a world where there are so many great organizations in need, an often forgotten cause is that of the humane society and animal shelters. The Humane Society of the US, through local shelters, cares for more than 100,000 animals each year. The service these shelters provide in taking abandoned animals off the streets, controlling pet populations and protecting the community from rabid animals is often taken for granted.

  • 7News Editorial: Gun Violence

    7News Editorial: Gun Violence

    Friday, October 7 2016 1:07 PM EDT2016-10-07 17:07:36 GMT
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    It seems like every week, we learn of yet another shooting in the US. We're fortunate enough to live in the greatest country in the world with a Constitutional second amendment right to bear arms. This freedom is one I don't want to see changed, but also believe this right comes with great responsibility.  

    It seems like every week, we learn of yet another shooting in the US. We're fortunate enough to live in the greatest country in the world with a Constitutional second amendment right to bear arms. This freedom is one I don't want to see changed, but also believe this right comes with great responsibility.  

  • 7 News Editorial: Dish Network service interruption

    7 News Editorial: Dish Network service interruption

    Friday, July 29 2016 11:45 PM EDT2016-07-30 03:45:09 GMT
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    If you are a subscriber of Dish, you may be at risk of losing KSWO-TV.

    If you are a subscriber of Dish, you may be at risk of losing KSWO-TV.

  • 7News Editorial: Putting aside our differences

    7News Editorial: Putting aside our differences

    Thursday, June 30 2016 8:14 PM EDT2016-07-01 00:14:48 GMT
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    We have all seen the horrific images of the mass shooting in Orlando. Information is still coming out on the motivation behind the killings and the potential link to Islamic terrorist groups.

    We have all seen the horrific images of the mass shooting in Orlando. Information is still coming out on the motivation behind the killings and the potential link to Islamic terrorist groups.

  • 7News Editorial: Breaking weather coverage

    7News Editorial: Breaking weather coverage

    Friday, June 3 2016 6:16 PM EDT2016-06-03 22:16:01 GMT
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    Severe weather coverage…it’s one of the most important services we provide to our viewers here at KSWO 7News. 

    Severe weather coverage…it’s one of the most important services we provide to our viewers here at KSWO 7News. 

  • 7News Editorial: Sharing the road with walkers and cyclists

    7News Editorial: Sharing the road with walkers and cyclists

    Thursday, May 26 2016 1:58 PM EDT2016-05-26 17:58:42 GMT
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    The days are longer and warmer, and that means you’re more likely to come across people walking and riding bikes in the streets.

    The days are longer and warmer, and that means you’re more likely to come across people walking and riding bikes in the streets.

  • 7News Editorial: KSWO's commitment to positive news

    7News Editorial: KSWO's commitment to positive news

    Friday, May 13 2016 12:16 PM EDT2016-05-13 16:16:32 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 12:18 PM EDT2016-05-13 16:18:42 GMT
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    Fires, traffic accidents, natural catastrophes, terrorism...these are stories 7News reports on each day to inform viewers in Southwest Oklahoma and around the world.

    Fires, traffic accidents, natural catastrophes, terrorism...these are stories 7News reports on each day to inform viewers in Southwest Oklahoma and around the world.

  • 7News Editorial: Appreciating our military

    7News Editorial: Appreciating our military

    Friday, May 6 2016 4:59 PM EDT2016-05-06 20:59:35 GMT
    Sunday, May 8 2016 7:00 PM EDT2016-05-08 23:00:18 GMT
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    May is Military Appreciation Month.

    May is Military Appreciation Month.

  • 7News Editorial: Be patient on the roads

    7News Editorial: Be patient on the roads

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 2:17 PM EDT2016-05-03 18:17:03 GMT
    Tuesday, May 3 2016 2:17 PM EDT2016-05-03 18:17:03 GMT
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    In the past several weeks, KSWO has reported on several traffic collisions that have resulted in injuries, with a couple of them being fatal.

    In the past several weeks, KSWO has reported on several traffic collisions that have resulted in injuries, with a couple of them being fatal.

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  • US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

    US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

    Sunday, August 19 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-08-19 11:26:45 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:43:55 GMT
    The Trump administration says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S. (Source: Pixabay)The Trump administration says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S. (Source: Pixabay)

    The Trump administration says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S.

    The Trump administration says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S.

  • Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

    Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

    Sunday, August 19 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-08-19 15:27:02 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:42:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/Noah Berger). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hot...(AP Photo/Noah Berger). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hot...

    An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires.

    An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires.

  • US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:47:00 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-08-20 04:03:43 GMT
    The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

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