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Regulators are ordering drug manufacturers to cut the dose of the medications in half for women, who process the drug more slowly. Doses will be lowered from 10 milligrams to 5 milligrams for regular products, and 12.5 milligrams to 6.25 milligrams for extended-release formulations.

The FDA is recommending that manufacturers apply these lower doses to men as well, though it is not making that a requirement.

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By The Associated Press(equals)

The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 80.71 points at 13,471.22. The Nasdaq composite rose 15.95 points to 3,121.76. The S&P 500 rose 11.10 points to 1,472.12.

Benchmark oil gained 72 cents to finish at $93.82 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 13 cents to finish at $111.89 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London

Natural gas rose 8 cents, or 2.5 percent, to end at $3.19 per 1,000 cubic feet. Wholesale gasoline added 1 cent to end at $2.79 a gallon. Heating oil fell 2 cents to finish at $3.05 a gallon.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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