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Lawmakers seek to curb skyrocketing generic drug prices

May 27, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

Two prominent lawmakers are following through on a promise to do something about recent rises in generic drug prices, with identical House and Senate bills that would force generic drugmakers to pay ...

Actavis confirms court ruling related to NAMENDA

May 26, 2015 11:17 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

"While we are disappointed by the Court's decision to uphold this ruling, we intend to continue...

GOP likely to feel the heat if court guts Obamacare

May 26, 2015 10:45 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican governors...

USP demands public standards for dietary supplements

May 21, 2015 10:06 am | by United States Pharmacopeial Convention | News | Comments

In recent weeks, the case of supplements containing an amphetamine-like substance called BMPEA...

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Colorado Cracks Down on State's Medical Marijuana Industry

May 19, 2015 9:14 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana. The law limits the number of plants caregivers can have.

House Denies VA Docs On Medical Marijuana Advice

May 1, 2015 10:13 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The GOP-controlled House barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana that would have permitted veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors.

Ending Religious Waivers For Vaccines Back For Heated Debate

April 15, 2015 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers are preparing for another round of heated talks Wednesday on whether the state should prevent parents from seeking vaccination exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs.

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French Lawmakers OK Healthcare Bill Targeting Anorexia

April 15, 2015 10:53 am | by Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press | News | Comments

Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France's parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs.

Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees

April 15, 2015 10:48 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate gave final approval late Tuesday to the $214 billion bipartisan measure, which permanently recasts how Medicare reimburses doctors for treating over 50 million elderly people.

Report: Policy Stunting Growth of German Pharma Industry

April 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A 2011 law overhauling the German pharmaceutical industry will be the biggest impediment to growth in the sector over the next several years, according to a new report.

PBOA Hosts Workshop

April 15, 2015 10:29 am | by Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association | News | Comments

On March 30, the Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association (PBOA) held its first Regulatory/Legislative Workshop.

Australia to Withhold Payments from Parents Against Vaccine

April 14, 2015 10:54 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crackdown comes as similar moves to limit vaccination waivers in the United States have proved to be deeply divisive.

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Big Retailers Pull Sales of Weight-Loss Supplements With Dangerous Chemical

April 10, 2015 3:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The issue also intensified criticisms of the FDA.

Obama: Health Care Law an 8 Out of 10, Lawsuit a 'Last Gasp'

April 8, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

He says the biggest challenge is getting more states to expand Medicaid coverage.

Pfizer Stops China Vaccine Sales as Import License Expires

April 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer has stopped selling its Prevnar 7 pneumonia vaccine in China after its import license expired, but the U.S. drugmaker still intends to launch the world's most widely used vaccine, Prevnar 13, in that market.

Indiegogo Campaign to Develop Medical Cannabis in Ireland

April 2, 2015 1:28 pm | by GreenLight Health | News | Comments

An Irish healthcare company has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to research and develop affordable medical cannabis.

GNC Reaches Deal With NY AG Over Herbal Plus Products

March 30, 2015 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GNC Holdings Inc. said Monday that it has reached a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over its Herbal Plus products.

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House OKs Bipartisan Medicare Doctor Bill; Fate Up to Senate

March 26, 2015 3:30 pm | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

Orexigen's Mysimba Approved in Europe for the Treatment of Obesity

March 26, 2015 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Orexigen Therapeutics has announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorization for Mysimba (naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl prolonged release) as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, for the management of weight in adult patients.

Uncertainty About Doctors' Pay Has Taken a Toll on Medicare

March 25, 2015 8:41 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents.

GOP Hits Medicaid to Offset Doctor Fee Hikes

March 24, 2015 8:35 am | by DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff.

Boehner, Pelosi See Victories in Fixing Medicare Doctors' Fees

March 19, 2015 8:42 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can.

Poll: Many Unaware Some Health Subsidies Could Be Ruled Out

March 19, 2015 8:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. But when the potential fallout is explained, most say it would hurt the country and they would look to Congress or the states to fix it.

Chemical Regulation Overhaul Bill Faces Opposition in Senate

March 18, 2015 3:47 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting health and the environment.

Obama Administration: 16.4M Have Gained Health Insurance

March 17, 2015 8:15 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JULIE PACE, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 16 million Americans have gained coverage since President Barack Obama's health care law took effect five years ago, the administration said Monday. But measuring a different way, an independent expert who took into account insurance losses during some of those years had a much lower estimate: 9.7 million.

New Sign-Up Under Health Care Law Gets Lukewarm Reception

March 16, 2015 8:14 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance are getting a second chance to sign up, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.

Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation Due to Mold Contamination

March 13, 2015 8:40 am | News | Comments

Hospira is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation, 3000mL (NDC 0409-7828-08, Lot 40-008-JT; Expiry 1APR2016) to the user level (both human and veterinary) due to a confirmed customer report of several dark, fibrous particulates floating within the solution of the primary container.

Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest

March 12, 2015 8:24 am | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press; RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

Paul Joins Democrats in Bid to Boost Medical Marijuana

March 11, 2015 8:31 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Democratic senators and a possible Republican presidential candidate joined forces Tuesday to push a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in 23 states where it's already legal.

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