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Government Closer to Goal of 9.1M Enrolled Under Health Law

January 22, 2015 7:57 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week.   

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Disney Parks-Linked Measles Outbreak Grows to 70 Cases

January 22, 2015 7:54 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated.

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FDA Approves Novartis’ Cosentyx for Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis

January 21, 2015 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Novartis announced that the FDA has approved Cosentyx (secukinumab) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.         

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PPD Expands GMP Laboratory in Athlone, Ireland

January 21, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) has expanded its good manufacturing practices (GMP) operations in Athlone, Ireland, by adding a new, state-of-the-art laboratory for cell-based assays to its existing portfolio of services at the facility.

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Baxter BioPharma Solutions Joins PBOA; Nelson Patterson Elected To Board

January 21, 2015 9:29 am | News | Comments

The Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association (PBOA) today announced that Nelson Patterson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Baxter BioPharma Solutions, has been elected to its Board of Trustees, effective immediately. Mr. Patterson was elected after Baxter BioPharma Solutions joined the PBOA as a Sustaining Member.

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Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Appear to Live in Same Areas

January 21, 2015 8:41 am | Videos | Comments

ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser discusses a new study that shows a phenomenon that could affect your child.                         

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Hospitals Overwhelmed as Flu Epidemic Death Toll Climbs

January 21, 2015 8:36 am | Videos | Comments

Forty-five deaths so far this season after the flu vaccine proves to be only 23% effective.                           

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California Lawmakers to Pursue Right-to-Die Legislation

January 21, 2015 8:28 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication nearly a decade after similar legislation failed. Terminally ill patients can legally take their lives in five states, including Oregon.

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Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal Data

January 21, 2015 8:23 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing.               

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Disney Measles Outbreak Includes Five Theme Park Employees

January 21, 2015 8:19 am | News | Comments

Of the five employees at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, three have fully recovered and returned to work, and two remain off, said Dr. Pamela Hymel, the chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.   

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FDA Approves Baxter's PHOXILLUM Solution for Electrolyte Management During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

January 21, 2015 8:15 am | News | Comments

Baxter International has announced the FDA has approved PHOXILLUM Renal Replacement Solutions as replacement solutions in continuous renal replacement therapy to correct electrolyte and acid-base imbalances, and in case of drug poisoning when CRRT is used to remove dialyzable substances.

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Supreme Court Sides with Teva in Drug Dispute

January 21, 2015 8:11 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Teva Pharmaceutical in the company's high-profile patent dispute with rival firms over the top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The justices ruled 7-2 that a federal appeals court wrongly overturned five of Teva's patents for the drug Copaxone.

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Survey: Healthcare and Life Science Companies Aware of But Not Prepared for Whistleblower Lawsuits

January 21, 2015 8:09 am | News | Comments

Many healthcare and life science companies are ill-prepared for federal "whistleblower" lawsuits under the False Claims Act despite their knowledge of the law and its potential consequences, according to a national survey sponsored by Foley Hoag LLP.

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Johnson & Johnson Tops Fourth Quarter Earnings Expectations

January 21, 2015 8:05 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The strong dollar and stiff competition for some products squeezed J&J in the fourth quarter and it missed Wall Street expectations for revenue, triggering a rare sell-off of its shares. The world's biggest maker of health care products did edge past profit forecasts and there were other bright spots, including a 10% jump in prescription drug sales and increasing use of medical care in the U.S.

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Bristol-Myers Names Caforio as CEO

January 21, 2015 8:01 am | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb has named its chief operation officer, Giovanni Caforio, as its new CEO. He will take over after the company's annual shareholders' meeting on May 5, replacing current CEO, Lamberto Andreotti.      

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