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Potential Billion-Dollar Verdict Rests on Disputed Deadline

March 27, 2015 8:00 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

What does it cost to miss a deadline? For the company that makes the prescription painkiller Oxycontin, the answer could be more than $1 billion.

Justices to Hear Arguments Over EPA Mercury Limits

March 25, 2015 8:18 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that...

FDA Warns Cosmetics Companies Against Promises That 'Go Too Far'

March 24, 2015 8:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The agency said its tracking of claims by cosmetics companies during recent years indicated a...

Herbalife Pyramid-Scheme Suit Dismissed

March 18, 2015 4:12 pm | News | Comments

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Herbalife shareholders who claimed that the business...

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Indiana Medicaid Recovers $126,000 in Lawsuit Settlement

March 17, 2015 8:05 am | News | Comments

Indiana's Medicaid program will receive more than $126,000 from a drug manufacturer that filed false claims to Medicaid and other federally funded health care programs.

Ad Industry Group Recommends That Little Remedies Stop Cold, Sore Throat Claims

March 13, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Advertising Division--an industry regulatory agency administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus--investigated Prestige Brands Holdings' Little Remedies products following a complaint by Pfizer.

More Prosecutors Join NY Herbal Supplement Inquiry

March 11, 2015 8:35 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors from Connecticut, Indiana and Puerto Rico have joined New York's attorney general in an investigation of the herbal supplement industry, saying they're building on the long track record of state attorneys general upholding the rights of consumers.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare Pleads Guilty to Metal Particles in Kids' Tylenol

March 11, 2015 8:23 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press; MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press | News | Comments

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, acknowledged failing to take corrective action after discovering the adulterated bottles of Infants' and Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin. The company agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the case.

Report: Rural Hospitals Get Billions in Extra Medicare Funds

March 9, 2015 8:36 am | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.

Proposed Fund for 2012 Meningitis Victims Up to $210M

March 9, 2015 8:33 am | News | Comments

The 2012 outbreak killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 in 20 states. They were given an injected steroid produced by now-bankrupt New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts.

Sucampo to Return All Licenses for Unoprostone Isopropyl to R-Tech Ueno

March 9, 2015 8:24 am | News | Comments

These licenses had provided Sucampo with exclusive development and commercialization rights to unoprostone isopropyl globally except for Japan, People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Korea and covered certain indications.

Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System

March 3, 2015 8:18 am | by JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the disease contends in a lawsuit filed Monday.

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Firm Agrees to Refund to Settle Suit Over Weight-Loss Pills

March 2, 2015 8:48 am | News | Comments

A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive.

Federal Charges Filed Against New Jersey Drug Company

February 27, 2015 8:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have indicted a New Jersey compounding pharmacy and top company officials on 37 charges, including wire fraud and violations of federal drug safety laws.

Court: J&J Must Pay South Carolina $136M for Deceptive Drug Marketing

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Carolina's high court says a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay the state $136 million over deceptive drug marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.

Lawsuit Alleges Beneful Dog Food Killed Pets

February 26, 2015 8:39 am | Videos | Comments

Nestle Purina, the maker of Beneful, denies the claims in the lawsuit and says similar class-action lawsuits have been dismissed in the past.

NY AG Expands Herbal Supplements Investigation

February 24, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks after ordering four major retailers to pull store-brand herbal supplements off their shelves following DNA tests that found little or none of the listed herbs, New York's attorney general is targeting manufacturers of the popular products.

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Tobacco Companies Fighting Over Claims on Smoking's Effects

February 23, 2015 11:31 am | News | Comments

America's biggest tobacco companies say they are ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they will not go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars.

Merck Ex-Financial Analyst Pleads Guilty in Insider Trading Case

February 20, 2015 8:07 am | News | Comments

Zachary Zwerko pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to commit securities fraud and three securities fraud counts. A plea agreement recommended a three to four-year prison sentence.

Boston Scientific to Pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

February 18, 2015 8:13 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006.

US District Court Decision in PULMICORT RESPULES® Patent Litigation

February 17, 2015 8:44 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca has announced that the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled US Patent No. 7,524,834 (“the ‘834 patent”), protecting PULMICORT RESPULES in the US, is invalid.

Are Health Companies Unprepared for Hack Attacks?

February 12, 2015 8:55 am | Videos | Comments

The hacking attack that claimed information on 80 million Anthem customers is raising concerns on health companies' security preparedness.

AstraZeneca to Pay $7.9M Over Kickback Allegations

February 11, 2015 1:38 pm | News | Comments

The Justice Department says AstraZeneca will pay $7.9 million to settle allegations it engaged in a kickback scheme involving drugs such as heartburn medicines Nexium and Prilosec.

U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 11:56 am | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses.

Why Hackers Target Health Providers like Anthem Insurance

February 11, 2015 8:48 am | Videos | Comments

There are new questions about whether Anthem Insurance did enough to protect customers' date from cyber thieves. Chinese hackers may be behind the company's massive security breach that will affect tens of millions.

Supplements Industry Derides NY Attorney General's DNA Tests

February 9, 2015 7:47 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive "sheep's milk" cheese that was really made from cow's milk. But can it tell if a pill touted as an energy-booster contains ginseng or is just a mix of rice powder and pine?

Anthem Breach: A Gap in Federal Health Privacy Law?

February 9, 2015 7:32 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurers aren't required to encrypt consumers' data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem.    

Hackers See Rewarding Targets in Health Care Companies

February 6, 2015 8:16 am | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer; BRANDON BAILEY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves. The latest breach at health insurer Anthem Inc. follows a year in which more than 10 million people were affected by health care data breaches.

Herbal Supplements Crackdown: Some Brands May Be Misleading

February 3, 2015 1:25 pm | Videos | Comments

An investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office alleges some store brands failed ingredient tests.                       

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