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Supplement Maker Lied About Ingredients

December 18, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements sold by his company.               

Painkillers Lawsuit Against NFL Dismissed

December 18, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the...

Fourteen Charged for Roles in Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection...

Judge Halts Alzheimer's Drug Swap Until July

December 16, 2014 8:47 am | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet told Dublin-based Actavis PLC to continue making the drug...

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Actavis to Appeal Injunction Requiring Continued Distribution of NAMENDA IR

December 15, 2014 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Actavis confirmed that it is filing an emergency appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit seeking to immediately overturn a lower court ruling requiring the Company to continue distribution of NAMENDA (memantine HCl) immediate-release tablets.

Justices Reject Arizona Bid Over Abortion Drugs

December 15, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

The justices left in place a lower court ruling that blocked rules that regulate where and how women can take drugs that induce abortion. The rules also would prohibit the use of the abortion medications after the seventh week of pregnancy instead of the ninth.

New York Judge Halts Alzheimer's Drug Swap

December 15, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

New York's attorney general says a drug manufacturer has been ordered to halt plans to discontinue its widely used Alzheimer's medication, allegedly in an effort to drive patients to a newer patented drug.        

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Judge: Texas Must Reveal Execution Drug Maker

December 15, 2014 8:21 am | by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

District Judge Darlene Byrne rejected arguments from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The agency argued that the name of the company should be kept secret for public security reasons.          

Prosecutor: Chances of February Execution 'Nil'

December 11, 2014 2:36 pm | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A prosecutor says he expects lawsuits following the passage of an updated lethal injection law that will make it impossible to carry out the Feb. 11 execution of a condemned child killer as planned.         

Gilead Faces Lawsuit Over Hepatitis C Drug Pricing

December 11, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philadelphia's Transportation Authority has filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences over the pricing of its hepatitis C drug. Gilead has been selling a 12-week treatment of Sovaldi in the United States for approximately $84,000, or $1,000 per pill.

Ohio Lawmakers Narrow Lethal Injection Bill

December 10, 2014 1:32 pm | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

At issue was a requirement that would have told drugmakers they couldn't restrict distribution of drugs that could be used in executions. Opponents of the requirement expected the European Union would quickly ban the export of the anesthetic propofol to the U.S. if Ohio's bill became law.

Senate Weighs Bill to Shield Execution Drugmaker

December 10, 2014 8:02 am | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Companies providing Ohio with lethal injection drugs would have their names shielded for at least 20 years, under a bill scheduled for a possible vote that lawmakers say is needed to restart executions in the state.      

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University of Minnesota Clinical Trial Review Postponed for a Month

December 8, 2014 1:27 pm | News | Comments

The review was requested by the school Senate last year in response to a decade-old controversy surrounding the death of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide while participating in an antipsychotic drug study at the University of Minnesota.  

Paralegal Says Sanofi Fired Her for Whistleblowing

December 8, 2014 8:41 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A paralegal recently fired by French drugmaker Sanofi has filed a whistleblower lawsuit, claiming she was discharged after protesting an alleged kickback scheme to increase U.S. sales of its insulin medicines.       

Charges Dropped Against Two Former Lilly Scientists

December 8, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

Two former Eli Lilly and Co. employees who were accused of sending trade secrets worth more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company will no longer face charges, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.      

Cyberthieves Targeting Pharmaceutical Companies' Merger Plans

December 3, 2014 2:47 pm | Videos | Comments

Cyberthieves may be targeting those involved in mergers, acquisitions and other market-moving events.                         

Meda and Cipla Sue Apotex

December 3, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

Meda Pharmaceuticals and Cipla have sued Apotex in Federal District Court in Delaware to enforce the Orange-Book listed patents covering Dymista Nasal Spray in response to Apotex's submission to the FDA of an Abbreviated New Drug Application.   

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Medical Waste Incinerator to Pay Utah $2.3M; Move Facility

December 2, 2014 8:20 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A medical waste burning facility cited for toxic emissions has agreed to pay Utah a $2.3 million fine and move its facility to a more rural area, state officials announced Monday. Stericycle would only pay half of the fine if it moves its plant from North Salt Lake City to Tooele County as planned. It must move within three years of getting necessary permits.

Fifth Person Pleads Guilty in Eli Lilly Drug Warehouse Heist

November 25, 2014 10:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fifth person has pleaded guilty to participating in a 2010 Connecticut warehouse heist that prosecutors say involved up to $100 million in prescription drugs. Cuban citizen and Miami resident Rafael Lopez pleaded guilty to a federal charge of deliberately hiding his knowledge of a felony.

Mylan Files Patent Challenge Relating to BREVIBLOC(R)

November 25, 2014 11:07 am | News | Comments

Mylan has confirmed that it and several subsidiaries have been sued by several Baxter subsidiaries in connection with the filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the FDA for Esmolol HCl in Sodium Chloride Injection.    

Does Bad Behavior Really Hurt Business?

November 24, 2014 8:41 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google paid $500 million to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation that alleged the company's top executives allowed ads for illegal pharmaceutical drugs to be distributed through its marketing network. Yet it is far and away the leader in online search and owns other widely used services such as Android and Chrome.

Family Gets $6.75M in Botox Treatment Case

November 21, 2014 8:04 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York couple who said Botox treatment of their son's cerebral palsy left him with life-threatening complications and sued its manufacturer won a $6.75 million verdict from a federal jury on Thursday.        

Sucampo Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Dr. Reddy's

November 13, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Dr. Reddy's Laboratories related to an Abbreviated New Drug Application filed with the FDA to market, sell and use a generic version of the 8 mcg and 24 mcg AMITIZA soft gelatin capsule products.

Dallas Hospital Reaches Deal with Ebola Victim's Family

November 12, 2014 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has reached a settlement with Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. Also, the last remaining Ebola patient in the U.S., Dr. Craig Spencer, was released from the hospital.       

Pittsburgh Researcher Convicted of Poisoning Wife

November 10, 2014 2:45 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors who convicted a University of Pittsburgh researcher of first-degree murder in the cyanide poisoning death of his wife say they didn't find his explanations believable and were moved by a 911 call.        

FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplement Company

November 10, 2014 8:54 am | Videos | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is suing one company for allegedly failing to properly test its ingredients.                        

Ex-Pharma Exec Guilty of Manslaughter in Autistic Son's Death

November 6, 2014 1:33 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled son was convicted of manslaughter Wednesday in what her defense portrayed as a mercy killing by a mother trying to escape a labyrinth of fear and despair.    

Allergan Deal Inches Forward with Court's Decision

November 4, 2014 6:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a win for Valeant and Pershing Square, a federal judge has decided that they can vote in takeover target Allergan's upcoming shareholder meeting.  Allergan said in a statement Tuesday that it will file an emergency appeal.    

Phoenix Man Gets Probation for Selling Fake Viagra

November 3, 2014 7:24 pm | News | Comments

A Phoenix man accused of selling fake sexual stimulation products online has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Maricopa County prosecutors say 68-year-old Melvin John Rutkowski was sentenced Monday for attempt to commit fraud schemes.

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