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25% of Colorado foster kids on psychotropic drugs
By Associated Press | April 13, 2014
A University of Colorado analysis found that more than 25% of Colorado's foster children in 2012 were prescribed psychotropic drugs and that about half of the children who were taking antipsychotic drugs were for "off-label" reasons not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
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Novartis overtakes Pfizer as top drug company
By Michael Sandler | April 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A robust sales year for three of Novartis' medications allowed the firm to pass reeling Pfizer for the top spot on Modern Healthcare's annual list of largest publicly traded pharmaceutical companies.
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Zirkelbach joins Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers, and other news
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Robert Zirkelbach has been named senior VP of communications for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, effective May 5.
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25 Largest publicly traded pharmaceutical companies
April 12, 2014
A list of the largest publicly traded pharmaceutical companies, ranked by 2013 revenue reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other sources. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 14, 2014. p. 32
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Texas holds off on proposed limits for costly hepatitis drug
By Reuters via Yahoo | April 11, 2014
Texas is reconsidering whether to impose strict limits on Gilead Sciences' $84,000 hepatitis C treatment for patients on the state's Medicaid health plan for the poor, at the urging of outside advisers, a state official said on Friday.
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High drug prices skewing payouts to some physicians
By Joe Carlson | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A close inspection of Medicare's physician payment data reveals that many of the highest-paying codes for eye doctors relate to the use of a drug for macular degeneration that costs $2,000 a dose.
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Early exchange enrollees were sicker, sought costlier drugs, study says
By Paul Demko | April 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Many of the individuals who rushed to buy health insurance plans during the early months of open enrollment, despite the technological problems involved, were dealing with significant medical issues that may have previously locked them out of the insurance marketplace, a study suggests.
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India's Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $4 billion deal
By Associated Press | April 07, 2014
India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday.
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Two drugs show promise in slowing breast cancer
By Wall Street Journal | April 07, 2014
Two drugs from Pfizer and Eli Lilly & Co. that employ a new therapeutic approach showed promise in slowing the course of breast cancer, according to early-stage research released on Sunday.
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Regional News/Northeast: Vermont awards $2.6 million in grants to spur innovation, cut costs
By Associated Press and Rachel Landen | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Vermont awarded more than $2.6 million in grants to healthcare providers last Wednesday in a push to cut costs and promote healthcare innovation across the state.
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