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For Victims, Johns Hopkins Settlement Marks a Step in Recovery

September 22, 2014 8:26 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations.       

Judge to Hear Objections to Hopkins Settlement

September 19, 2014 8:25 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Baltimore judge was set to hear objections Friday to a preliminary $190 million dollar...

China Fines GSK $492M for Bribery

September 19, 2014 5:47 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A former executive of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and four Chinese co-defendants have been...

Doctor Pleads Guilty to Cancer Treatment Fraud

September 17, 2014 8:31 am | by ED WHITE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of putting people through unnecessary treatments and then...

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Big Cities Take Aim at Prescription Painkillers

September 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Some of the nation's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets.      

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.

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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Chemical Industry Tries to Shape Regulations

September 12, 2014 3:31 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for states to enact their own regulations.

Feds Say Bayer Colon Supplement Makes Bogus Claims

September 12, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

The Department of Justice filed a court motion against the German conglomerate over its advertisements for Phillips' Colon Health, which claims to prevent diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating. Federal officials say the company does not have reliable scientific evidence to support those claims.

Pharmacist Pleads Not Guilty in Tainted Steroid Case

September 11, 2014 3:23 pm | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people pleaded not guilty to a mail fraud charge as his lawyer said he is concerned he could be made a scapegoat.     

Multimillionaire Pharma Entrepreneur Mom on Trial in Autistic Son's Death in NYC Hotel

September 11, 2014 8:21 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A multimillionaire mom killed her autistic 8-year-old son by forcing a toxic cocktail of painkillers and other drugs down his throat with a syringe in a luxury Manhattan hotel room, a prosecutor said as her murder trial opened Wednesday.   

Contraception Suits Continue Against White House

September 10, 2014 8:53 am | Videos | Comments

A new batch of lawsuits challenge the White House’s mandate that requires employers to provide contraception for employees.                      

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Body Donation Programs in Three States Scrutinized

September 10, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

An FBI official in Detroit confirmed that the bureau is looking at an Oregon research center, and investigators have raided facilities in Michigan and Arizona. Besides confirming the existence of an investigation, authorities have been tight-lipped about what they are examining and why.

NY Judge Sentences Pharma ex-Trader to Nine Years in Prison

September 9, 2014 8:23 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former portfolio manager convicted of helping his firm earn more than a quarter-billion dollars illegally through insider trading on a promising Alzheimer's drug trial was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison by a judge who said lengthy incarceration was earned with a staggering fraud that was the biggest of its kind.

FTC Sues AbbVie, Teva Over Generic AndroGel

September 8, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

The FTC says AbbVie and its partner and Besins Healthcare filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Perrigo Co. to delay the approval and sale of less-expensive generic versions of the drug.  

Hyperion Therapeutics Terminates Diabetes Program - Discovers Serious Misconduct by Andromeda Biotech

September 8, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Hyperion Therapeutics today announced it is terminating development of DiaPep277 for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes. The company has uncovered evidence that certain employees of Andromeda Biotech, which Hyperion acquired in June 2014, engaged in serious misconduct, including collusion with a third-party biostatistics firm.

Nuvo Research Settles Litigation with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

September 8, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

Nuvo Research Inc. today announced that it has reached a full settlement with Mallinckrodt Inc. of Nuvo's claims and Mallinckrodt's counterclaim relating to Nuvo's license to Mallinckrodt of the right to market and sell Pennsaid and Pennsaid 2% in the United States.

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U.S. Marshals Seize Drug Products from Flawless Beauty

September 5, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

Various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products that were marketed, sold and distributed via the Internet by Flawless Beauty LLC, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, have been seized by U.S. Marshals at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Court Orders Takeda to Pay $6B Over Actos Diabetes Drug

September 4, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Takeda Pharmaceutical has been ordered by a U.S. district court to pay $6 billion in punitive damages over a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed his bladder cancer was caused by Takeda's diabetes medicine Actos.       

UK High Court Gives Positive Judgment in Teva's Patent Case Against AstraZeneca

September 3, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

Teva Pharmaceutical announced that a positive judgment has been given by the UK High Court in support of Teva's case against AstraZeneca relating to the validity of EP 1,085,877 covering the SMART ( S ingle inhaler M aintenance A nd R eliever T herapy) indication for AstraZeneca's fixed dose formoterol/budesonide combination product, Symbicort®.

Insufficient Postage Leads to Bust of Fake Drugs

September 2, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

British, Hungarian and Austrian police were involved in the sweep that culminated Monday in eight arrests, including the suspected head of the scam in Vienna, police said.             

Survey: Pharmaceutical and Other Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 8:14 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday.         

DuPont Fined $1.3M Over Series of West Virginia Chemical Leaks

August 28, 2014 8:20 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275M to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker. The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the settlement announced in a statement Wednesday resolves several alleged violations of federal law.

Japan’s Scandal-Hit Stem-Cell Center to Be Downsized

August 27, 2014 9:08 am | Videos | Comments

One of Japan’s leading research institutions, the prestigious Riken Institute, will scale down the center at the heart of a stem-cell research scandal earlier this year.              

Allergan to Request Court Block Valeant and Pershing Square from Voting Shares Acquired in Violation of Insider Trading Laws

August 27, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Allergan has asked the United States District Court for the Central District of California to set an expedited schedule for discovery and a motion for a preliminary injunction against Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., and its principal, William A. Ackman, for violations of the federal securities laws.

Allergan Reviews Meeting Requests in Takeover Bid

August 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt it's been waging since April. Allergan has repeatedly...

Business Leery of Alabama Ruling on Drug Warnings

August 23, 2014 11:30 am | by Jay Reeves - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Business isn't buying the Alabama Supreme Court's attempt to limit the fallout from its decision saying brand-name drugmakers can be held liable for warnings on generic medication produced by other companies. A majority of justices signed off on an opinion that went to lengths last week to say...

Execution Drug Cost Quadruples for Texas Prisons

August 15, 2014 2:45 pm | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prison agency in the nation's busiest death penalty state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial, compared to $350 per dose spent last year.           

Turkish Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Cancer Drugs

August 15, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

Sabahaddin Akman, owner of the Istanbul, Turkey, firm Ozay Pharmaceuticals, has pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling misbranded and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States.          

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