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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:40:34 EDTDepomed Inc. said it received a favorable court decision on its patents for its Nucynta painkiller products and expected the ruling would result in market exclusivity through 2025.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:05:27 EDTGlaxoSmithKline PLC agreed to pay $20 million to settle charges that the drugmaker’s Chinese subsidiaries engaged in bribery schemes to increase sales in the Asian country, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:55:58 EDTJessica Alba’s Honest Co. is reformulating its laundry detergent and other cleaners, removing an ingredient that has created controversy for the company over its product claims.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:59:16 EDTA flood of fentanyl and heroin is straining local budgets, putting police at risk as drug networks spread.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:30:17 EDTThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved an insulin pump by medical device company Medtronic that automatically manages glucose levels within a target range.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:46:28 EDTIntra-Cellular Therapies said its lead drug candidate had a similar rate of effectiveness to placebo in a Phase 3 schizophrenia trial.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:03:17 EDTAcross the country, new laws are requiring paid sick leave for more workers, but employers are having a hard time keeping up with regulations that differ in each jurisdiction.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:04:33 EDTChefs and home cooks are shaking their heads over federal recommendations to reduce sodium intake to the equivalent of one teaspoon of table salt a day.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:50:00 EDTMylan says that the $100 profit per two-pack of its EpiPen injectors presented by CEO Heather Bresch to Congress last week is actually 60% higher.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:49:31 EDTPatient-identification mix-ups are common and can have deadly consequences, according to a report from the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit research group that studies patient safety.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:11:53 EDTThanks to new technology, new life-saving techniques and new missions, ambulance crews are far from the ‘horizontal taxicabs’ they once were.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:30:57 EDTBy bringing together experts from different fields, scientists seek answers to complex medical problems.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:11:46 EDTIn an effort to predict health problems, providers look at a much broader range of personal information.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:52:59 EDTA cheap device could make surgery more available in poorer countries.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:37:37 EDTYounger patients are vulnerable to mistakes made in how much medicine to give and when to give it.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:19:10 EDTSuccess depends on understanding the conditions and resources of the local community.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:36:43 EDTDiagnostic gadgets let patients do tests at home and send the information to a doctor.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:33:59 EDTChief Technology Officer Susannah Fox discusses the need to create a culture of innovation
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:36:49 EDTNew tests could lead to more accurate prognosis and treatment of prostate cancer, among others.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:37:50 EDTSome research suggests wellness coaching can help people change behaviors—at least in the short term.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:04:33 EDTMerck’s immunotherapy cancer drug Keytruda is finding its way into China as the first imported drug approved for use under a pilot program on the resort island of Hainan intended to boost medical tourism.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:13:49 EDTCompanies are seeking to capitalize on a hot new gene technology, though a high-stakes patent dispute has yet to be settled. The gene-editing tool, known as Crispr-Cas9, serves as a kind of multipurpose molecular scissors that can cut DNA.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:16:12 EDTMylan NV CEO Heather Bresch faced tough questioning Wednesday from Republicans and Democrats in Congress probing price increases for the EpiPen allergy treatment.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:54:26 EDTFacebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Wednesday committed to invest more than $3 billion over the next decade to build technology that can speed up research on disease.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:53:30 EDTAnthem and Cigna have accused one another of violating the terms of their merger agreement, according to a legal filing by the Justice Department.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:41:20 EDTMore than 100 people, mainly pregnant women and infants, are known to have been killed in South Korea by Reckitt’s humidifier disinfectant.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:40:58 EDTAllergan agreed to acquire Tobira Therapeutics, which focuses on therapies for liver diseases, in a deal worth as much as $1.7 billion, or 19 times Tobira’s previous market value.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:55:04 EDTGlaxoSmithKline said its head of consumer health care, Emma Walmsley, will succeed Andrew Witty as chief executive next year.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:15:12 EDTA federal appeals court threw out a $147 million civil price fixing judgment against Chinese makers of vitamin C, ruling the companies weren’t liable in U.S. courts because they were acting under the direction of Chinese authorities.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:44:20 EDTGermany’s Bayer is targeting increased sales and earnings growth over the next few years at its drug and crop-science businesses, just days after announcing a planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seed supplier Monsanto.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:34:59 EDTFlorida authorities said they no longer believe mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, despite the expanded potential transmission zone in nearby Miami Beach.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:19:19 EDTSanofi said it filed a lawsuit against Merck & Co. for alleged patent infringements to prevent the U.S. drugmaker from launching a rival version of the French pharmaceutical giant’s best-selling diabetes treatment Lantus.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:08:39 EDTCommunity Health Systems, one of the largest U.S. hospital companies, is exploring a deal after struggling to digest its acquisition of Health Management Associates.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:27:49 EDTThe FDA gave accelerated approval to the first drug for the crippling disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy, from Sarepta, after sharp disagreements within the agency.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:49:27 EDTDavid Schlanger is out as chief executive at WebMD Health Corp., the company said Monday, after a three-year stint leading the health-care advice website.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:02:56 EDTTiny implants can replace keys, store business cards and medical data—and eventually a lot more.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:44:57 EDTVenture capital floods into companies trying to use microbiome science to achieve breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and other fields.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:15:27 EDTFederal health officials will soon be requiring scientists and companies to make public more details of a broader range of medical research studies, even if the results are disappointing.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:33:53 EDTDepomed Inc. said it would hold a special shareholder meeting on Nov. 15 as the drug company battles Starboard Value LP’s efforts to replace its board.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:36:13 EDTBayer CEO Werner Baumann just pulled off the deal of his career. Now, less than five months in as CEO, his career could hinge on his ability to close the $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto agreed to Wednesday and to make the combination pay for investors.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:24:44 EDTCup Noodles said it has drastically reduced the sodium content of its instant ramen and removed artificial flavors, adding ingredients like paprika and lime.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:23:58 EDTA month after assuming regulatory oversight over e-cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on online sales by the industry, issuing 24 letters to websites for illegal sales to minors.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:21:35 EDTNovavax shares fell 84% in after-hours trading after the vaccine company reported unfavorable results from two clinical trials.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:29:00 EDTThe share of U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use reached its highest level in a decade, according to data from millions of workplace drug tests administered by Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest medical-screening laboratories.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:46:26 EDTAllergan agreed to acquire clinical-stage biotechnology company Vitae Pharmaceuticals for $639 million, more than double its market value, in a move aimed at strengthening the drugmaker’s skin-care pipeline.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:19:07 EDTLawmakers have summoned the top executive from EpiPen maker Mylan to Washington for a hearing next week to explain substantial price increases for the emergency allergy treatment that have generated widespread consumer outrage.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:18:55 EDTThe average cost of employer health coverage pushed above $18,000 for a family this year, though the pace of growth was slowed by the shift into high-deductible plans.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:50:29 EDTBeverage companies and retailers filed a civil complaint, saying state law prevents cities from imposing duplicate taxes. The tax is scheduled to go into effect in January.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:43:23 EDTPfizer Inc. said two federal advisory panels have recommended removing the most serious warnings on its Chantix smoking cessation pill, clearing a major hurdle in the pharmaceutical giant’s push to lessen concerns about using the medicine.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:34:33 EDTMylan, assailed for hefty price increases on its lifesaving EpiPen, had the second-highest executive pay among all U.S. drug and biotech firms over the past five years, paying its top five managers a total of nearly $300 million.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:41:59 EDTThe World Anti-Doping Agency said Russian hackers had stolen confidential medical records of athletes who participated in last month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:38:37 EDTThousands of convicted criminals have hepatitis C, an infectious disease that is one of the country’s biggest killers, but only the sickest qualify for medicines because they are so expensive.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:07:09 EDTPresident Barack Obama made a personal bid to shore up his signature health law as it heads into its final test of his administration.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:04:14 EDTThree scientists whose work helped transform hepatitis C treatment, including the lead inventor of a multibillion-dollar drug from Gilead Sciences, are among the winners of the 2016 Lasker Awards, one of the highest honors in medical research.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:56:04 EDTFrench pharmaceutical group Sanofi is joining with Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, to create a joint venture called Onduo to research diabetes treatments.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:10:38 EDTJapanese startup SHC Design plans as soon as next April to start selling what it believes is the first self-contained 3-D printing system for producing prosthetic limbs.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:57:54 EDTStarboard Value has built a 4.6% stake in Perrigo, worth nearly $600 million, and is urging the drug company to refocus on its core business.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:47:35 EDTApple designed its new Series 2 watch to be water resistant to a depth of 50 meters. The tech giant also touted a partnership with Nike to market sports-themed watches.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:44:01 EDTLawmakers are edging closer to breaking an impasse over funds to combat the Zika virus, with many expecting Republicans to drop a contentious provision blocking funds to clinics in Puerto Rico that work with Planned Parenthood.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:55:07 EDTSignificant spikes in premiums, insurer dropouts and persistently low enrollment numbers are combining to make this fall’s sign-up period a crucial one for the Obama administration’s signature health law.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:16:42 EDTMalaysia-based Karex, the world’s largest condom maker by volume, considers spreading concern about the Zika virus a long-term boost for demand.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:45:17 EDTThe FDA will review Merck’s immunotherapy cancer drug Keytruda as a first-line treatment for patients with the most common form of lung cancer.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:29:28 EDTSt. Jude Medical filed a lawsuit against Muddy Waters, accusing the research firm of intentionally making false claims about its heart devices to profit from a stock decline.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:39:51 EDTThe world’s biggest alcohol companies have banded together to fight British government warnings about the dangers of drinking, funding a group called the Alcohol Information Partnership.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:08:22 EDTBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will offer plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange in Arizona’s Pinal County next year, resolving a situation that drew a national spotlight because it represented a major challenge to the mechanics of the health law.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:53:30 EDTThe number of uninsured people in the U.S. remained at a historic low in early 2016, according to a federal survey that found 8.6% of respondents without health coverage.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:34:52 EDTMerck said it would discontinue developing the osteoporosis drug odanacatib and not seek regulatory approval for the treatment because it carries a higher risk of stroke.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:54:31 EDTThe drugmaker at the center of a firestorm over hefty price increases on the lifesaving EpiPen put a special incentive plan in place more than two years ago that rewards executives only if they hit aggressive profit targets.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:41:22 EDTThe U.S. government has pledged $19.8 million to help Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. pay for initial development of a Zika vaccine under a contract that could go up to $312 million.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:36:34 EDTBiogen said its investigational therapy for the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease was granted fast-track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:44:38 EDTUnder intense pressure to curb costs that have led to losses on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, insurers are accelerating their move toward plans that offer limited choices of doctors and hospitals.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:46:51 EDTThe Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued its most serious safety warning about combining narcotic painkillers with certain sedative drugs.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:48:02 EDTThe blood-testing company withdrew its request for regulatory clearance after the FDA found that a study didn’t include proper patient safeguards.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:30:20 EDTWalgreens Boots Alliance has struck a partnership with Prime Therapeutics to help it capture a greater share of the prescription-drug market and better compete with CVS Health.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:33:57 EDTMartin Shkreli has sold his remaining stake in KaloBios, severing his ties with the company he once led as the small drugmaker seeks to distance itself from its former chief executive.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:57:00 EDTNearly a third of U.S. counties look likely to have just a single insurer offering health plans on the ACA’s exchanges next year, according to a new analysis, an industry pullback that adds to the challenges facing the law.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:00:52 EDTGlaxoSmithKline is pinning the future of its HIV business on an audacious bet: upending the decades-old triple-drug treatment strategy that has turned a fatal illness into a chronic condition.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:18:47 EDTSen. Charles Schumer said he would propose legislation creating a national registry tracking cancer rates among U.S. firefighters, something he said would help researchers root out toxic building materials.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:01:04 EDTThe Ministry of Health said the patients weren’t known to have traveled to Zika-affected areas recently and thus are likely to have been infected in Singapore.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:43:42 EDTThe Food and Drug Administration is calling for Zika testing of all donated blood and blood products nationwide as a preventive measure to help stem the spread of the virus.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:26:35 EDTSt. Jude Medical on Friday denied allegations made by a research firm that its pacemakers and other heart devices were vulnerable to hacking and other cybersecurity threats.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:25:54 EDTA highly lethal form of avian flu was detected in a wild mallard duck in Alaska, reigniting fears of a return of the virus that hasn't been spotted in the U.S. for more than a year.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:37:56 EDTThe ability of Mylan to raise EpiPen’s list price by nearly 550% over the past eight years underscores the pricing power drug companies enjoy for iconic brands facing little competition.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:44:20 EDTRising out-of-pocket health care costs, combined with slow economic growth and years of tepid wage growth, pose risks for an economy in which consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of overall output.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:58:04 EDTMylan became the latest pharmaceutical company to face outrage about higher drug costs after the company’s substantial price increases for the EpiPen emergency allergy treatment.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:10:07 EDTPfizer said the deal would boost its stable of older products, some of which have lost patent protection.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:23:50 EDTThe Food and Drug Administration said it found a dangerous form of listeria in the company’s Columbus, Ohio, manufacturing plant that supplies the base for Jeni’s ice creams and frozen yogurts.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:22:03 EDTAmgen Inc. said Wednesday that government regulators have rejected its new drug application for its therapy for a hormonal imbalance common in patients on dialysis.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:56:44 EDTPfizer agreed to buy biotech Medivation for about $14 billion, in a move that adds one of the crown jewels of the multibillion-dollar market for cancer drugs to Pfizer’s portfolio.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:43:44 EDTApple has quietly purchased Gliimpse, a three-year-old startup that aims to help patients make sense of their medical records.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:48:23 EDTValeant Pharmaceuticals is expected to announce it has hired Paul Herendeen as its new CFO, luring the executive away from Zoetis Inc., according to sources close to the companies.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:54:55 EDTSome small companies that dropped group health insurance are reversing course, driven by a tightening labor market and rising costs and fewer choices for individual coverage.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:18:40 EDTNonprofit hospitals have extensive business ties that can pose conflicts of interests for their administrators and board members, a Wall Street Journal analysis of newly released Internal Revenue Service data shows. While not necessarily improper, administrators and board members sometimes may be forced to choose between what’s best for the hospital and what’s best for their private interests.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:13:38 EDTDavid Blaszczak, ace predictor of Washington health-policy news, had personal access to federal officials and a knack for tipping off investors to their plans. He’s now facing a federal probe.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:12:39 EDTThe Obama administration has launched a probe into whether health-care providers such as dialysis centers are steering patients eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits into insurance plans offered on the health law’s exchanges.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:33:30 EDTValeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has again reached a deal with its loan holders to amend its debt terms, giving it more breathing room.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:42:39 EDTSyrian doctors are using social media to draw attention to the plight of conjoined twins, who are awaiting the documents they need to leave the country for vital surgery.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:47:53 EDTIt’s known that Zika can cause brain damage in the fetuses of infected pregnant women. A new study suggests the virus also may be able to harm the brains of some adults.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:10:43 EDTOfficials are investigating a cluster of possible Zika cases in Miami Beach, suggesting that transmission of the virus by mosquitoes is more widespread in one of the nation’s more populous counties than originally thought.