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The Future of Chemicals: Managing Complexity and Enabling Growth with Natural Supply Chains

September 16, 2014 8:45 am | by Rohit Singh, Principal, Strategy; and Marc Waco, Partner, PwC US Chemicals Advisory Leader | Blogs | Comments

In an increasingly complex and challenging climate, chemical companies are facing a combination of shifting market forces and an increasingly heterogeneous customer set. Many organizations are focusing solely on all-out growth or across-the-board cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to adjust course.

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AstraZeneca and Lilly to Develop and Commercialize Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

September 16, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.  

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Concerns Raised over 'Obamacare' Abortion Coverage

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees' bills.

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More Children Live to Age 5, Work Still to be Done

September 16, 2014 8:28 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday. That's nearly 17,000 young children dying every day.   

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US to Assign 3,000 from US Military to Fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 8:25 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

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Allergan Agrees to Move Forward with Meeting

September 16, 2014 6:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Allergan and Pershing Square are agreeing on at least one step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker's board. Allergan will hold special shareholders meeting, as Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for control of the drugmaker.

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NY Files Alzheimer's Drug Lawsuit

September 15, 2014 7:42 pm | by Michael Virtanen - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year.

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Avanir Pharma Soars on Agitation Drug Study

September 15, 2014 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Avanir Pharmaceuticals soared Monday after the company reported positive clinical trial results for a drug that is designed to treat agitation in Alzheimer's disease patients. The company said patients who were treated with AVP-923 were less agitated than patients given a placebo.

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Purge System

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the latest addition to the Bebco EPS line of proven purge solutions, the 5500 series purge and pressurization system.

Respiratory Virus Cases Reported in More States

September 15, 2014 9:05 am | Videos | Comments

The potentially deadly enterovirus D-68 presents danger to young children.                              

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Millions of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Kids May Be Unnecessary, Study Finds

September 15, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Pediatric researchers found that 11 million prescriptions for antibiotics in kids may be unnecessary.                         

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Skin Shocks Used at Massachusetts School Draw FDA Scrutiny

September 15, 2014 8:44 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press; LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban devices used by the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts, the only place in the country known to use skin shocks as aversive conditioning for aggressive patients.

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Hurdles for Obama Health Law in Second Sign-Up Season

September 15, 2014 8:39 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

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FDA Approves Baxter’s HYQVIA for Treatment of Adults with Primary Immunodeficiency

September 15, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Baxter International and Halozyme Therapeutics announced that the FDA approved Baxter’s subcutaneous treatment for adult patients with primary immunodeficiency (PI), HYQVIA [Immune Globulin Infusion 10% (Human) with Recombinant Human Hyaluronidase].

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Anti-Addiction Medicine Linked to Poisonings

September 15, 2014 8:27 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.      

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