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FDA Provides Naming Rules for Biosimilars

August 27, 2015 | News | Comments

Many newer biologics cost more than $100,000 per year and account for nearly 30 percent of all U.S. drug spending. For decades they have not faced generic competition because the FDA lacked a system to approve cheaper versions.

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Labs Seeing Revenue Growth from Marijuana Testing

August 28, 2015 1:05 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

For example, Las Vegas could become one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the country because Nevada allows dispensaries to sell to patients from other states. The city's 42 million annual visitors could create a 459,000-pound demand.

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Mylan, Perrigo Continue Acquisition Dance

August 28, 2015 12:52 pm | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

A combination of the two companies would create one of the world's largest makers of generic and over-the-counter medications.

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CDC Official Feels States Should Post Vaccination Stats

August 28, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP | News | Comments

The data could help health officials identify pockets of unvaccinated children.

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Mayne Pharma Expanding N.C. Manufacturing Capabilities

August 28, 2015 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Mayne Pharma will invest $65 million to expand its large-scale oral dose manufacturing capabilities and contract services.

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Amgen Wins Approval for Second Cholesterol Drug

August 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP | News | Comments

Repatha is priced slightly below a similar drug, Praluent, which costs $14,600 per year. Analysts estimate eight to 10 million patients are covered under the FDA-approved labeling for the drugs.

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A7 Cleanroom Lab Coat

August 27, 2015 1:54 pm | by Kimberly-Clark Professional | Kimberly-Clark Professional | Product Releases | Comments

The Kimtech Pure A7 Cleanroom Lab Coat from Kimberly-Clark provides enhanced chemical and biological protection and superior contamination control for cleanroom environments.

Sedative Access Stirs Different Death Penalty Reactions in Tennessee, Mississippi

August 27, 2015 1:28 pm | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Limited access to sodium thiopental has led some states to use a one-drug mix that has been met with varying legal rulings.

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New Research on Probiotics and GI Colonization

August 27, 2015 1:08 pm | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | News | Comments

The research team sought to determine if the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG could prevent gastrointestinal colonization of multi-drug resistant organisms.

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U.S. Economy Surged in Second Quarter

August 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP | News | Comments

One analyst is forecasting that the economy will slow its growth to around 2.8 percent in the current quarter, but accelerate in the October-December period as long as the recent market turbulence does not inflict long-lasting damage.

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Cannabis & the Brain: Studies & Associations

August 26, 2015 12:28 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

The studies tried to compare the impact of cannabis (marijuana) on brain development in varying sub-sets.

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Recipharm, RedHill Biopharma Sign Manufacturing Agreement

August 26, 2015 12:21 pm | News | Comments

The agreement centers around a RedHill drug candidate targeting the treatment of bacterial infections -  a global market estimated at about $4.8 billion. Recipharm will supply the remaining clinical trial material and ongoing future commercial supply.

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Education Leading to Safer Opioid Prescribing

August 26, 2015 12:08 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million people in the U.S. More aggressive chronic pain management with opioid analgesics over the past two decades has been associated with an increase in addiction and overdose deaths.

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On-Line Pharmacy Exec Denies Cancer Drug Smuggling

August 26, 2015 11:52 am | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | News | Comments

So far, Ram Kamath is the only one of the 14 individuals and companies facing criminal smuggling, conspiracy and money laundering charges to appear in court.

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Judge Orders Temporary Halt to Mississippi Lethal Injections

August 26, 2015 11:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The suit says there's no guarantee Mississippi can mix a safe and effective anesthetic to knock out prisoners, and even then, prisoners could remain conscious during execution.

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Federal Court Backs Eli Lilly Cancer Drug Patent

August 26, 2015 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. District Court ruled in Lilly's favor regarding the infringement of a vitamin regimen patent for Alimta. The defendant in the case was a subsidiary of generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical.

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