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Maker of hepatitis C drug strikes deal on generics for poor countries
By New York Times | September 15, 2014
Gilead Sciences, the maker of one of the costliest drugs in the world, announced on Monday that it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic-drug makers to sell lower-cost versions of the medicine—a $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment—in poorer countries.
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Sunshine Act's financial disclosure policy drawing more frowns
By Jaimy Lee | September 12, 2014
The chorus to delay or change the types of financial disclosures required by the Physician Payments Sunshine Act is getting louder.
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Man pleads not guilty to fraud charge in 2012 meningitis outbreak
By Reuters | September 11, 2014
A pharmacist who worked for the Massachusetts company that sparked a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people pleaded not guilty on Thursday to the first criminal charges filed in the case.
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FDA asks recalcitrant compounder to recall products, again
By Wall Street Journal | September 10, 2014
FDA officials have asked a compounding pharmacy with which they have repeatedly sparred to recall all of its sterile products over concerns that medicines currently circulating may be contaminated and present a risk of illness or injury, according to a letter sent yesterday to Downing Labs, which...
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U.S. widens program to dispose of prescription drugs
By Reuters via Yahoo | September 08, 2014
Americans will be able to dispose of unused prescription drugs at more sites under a Drug Enforcement Administration rule announced on Monday aimed at curbing rising drug addiction and abuse.
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Nearly 90,000 ED visits annually linked to psychiatric drug events
By Sabriya Rice | September 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An estimated 267,000 patients visited an emergency department between 2009 and 2011 because of adverse drug events such as overdose, excessive sleepiness and head injuries associated with use of psychiatric prescriptions, a JAMA Psychiatry study finds. About 19% of the visits resulted in the...
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Pricing is key for new heart drugs challenging cheap generics
By Reuters | September 02, 2014
Doctors looking at highly encouraging clinical trial results for new heart drugs at the world's largest cardiology meeting this week are missing one piece of data that will be critical to their success—the price. While new treatments on show in Barcelona are certainly moving cardiovascular...
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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp proves promising in primate study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa—once more of it can be made.
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New Novartis heart disease drug shows big promise in study
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade—a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20%.
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Data Points for Sept. 1, 2014
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Sept. 1, 2014, covered the following topics: the uninsured, nursing home quality, home health aide pay, GOP Obamacare legal fees, opioid overuse, dental practice profitability
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