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Drugmaker Amgen sees 25% drop in Q1 earnings, records lower Enbrel demand
By Rachel Landen | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Biopharmaceutical firm Amgen missed Wall Street's earnings expectations for its first quarter 2014 as rising costs outpaced the company's revenue improvement and sales of its flagship arthritis drug Enbrel fell.
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Government should back money-saving medical devices, drug development: study
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Government should promote the development of new medical devices and medications that provide more value and so help reduce overall healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the RAND Corp.
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Vt. updates recommendations for physicians prescribing pain meds
By WPTZ-TV (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) | April 22, 2014
Vermont is taking steps to fight the increase in abuse of prescription pain drugs. The state's Board of Medical Practice recently revised its policy to recommend providers who write prescriptions review a patient's history for signs of mental health and substance-abuse issues, and check the...
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Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals
By Associated Press | April 22, 2014
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.
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Botox maker Allergan draws bid from Valeant
By Associated Press | April 22, 2014
Valeant Pharmaceuticals is teaming up with activist investor Bill Ackman in a bid for Botox maker Allergan that could be worth about $40 billion.
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Loss of profit not 'irreparable harm' to Teva: Supreme Court
By Joe Carlson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Teva Pharmaceuticals is likely to lose millions of dollars in revenue when a court removes the patent next month on its popular multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.
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Kids getting codeine despite safety concerns
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Little progress has been made toward adhering to national guidelines against the use of drugs containing codeine within hospital emergency department settings, despite concerns about prescribing them for children, a study finds.
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What’s needed next: Transparency in outcomes, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In the April 14 issue, Merrill Goozner’s editorial, noting the potential value of the release by the CMS of individual physician payments, is immediately followed by a guest editorial from
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Cancer drugs: Too expensive to compare?
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The prices of some cancer drugs are so high that they preclude trials comparing their effectiveness, according to two National Cancer Institute researchers.
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Cancer doctors plan to compare value of expensive drugs
By Bloomberg | April 17, 2014
The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.
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