More Pharmaceutical Industry Articles

  • Gov. Patrick: Appeal of Zohydro ruling unlikely

    BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is leaning against any further court action on the state's bid to ban the powerful new painkiller Zohydro in Massachusetts. A federal judge has issued an injunction against the ban, which Patrick ordered after declaring a public health emergency in light of a...

  • Judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last...

  • FDA approves injectable diabetes drug from Glaxo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a new injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline plc for adults with Type 2 diabetes. The agency cleared the company's drug, Tanzeum, to help patients control their blood sugar levels, in combination with diet and exercise....

  • FDA OKs Merck tablet to reduce grass allergies

    WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. says the Food and Drug Administration has approved its new tablet for grass allergies, Grastek, for patients five to 65 years old. Meant as an alternative to weekly allergy shots, the tablet dissolves under the tongue. Taken daily for a few years,...

  • Report: Glaxo bribed doctors in Poland

    LONDON (AP) — The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland. A "Panorama" show to air Monday evening quotes a former sales representative for the company saying doctors there were paid to prescribe its drugs. A...

  • India's Sun Pharma buys Ranbaxy in $4 billion deal

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday. The combined company will be India's biggest pharmaceutical firm, with annual revenue estimated at $4.2 billion. Sun Pharma...

  • Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world's second largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months...

  • Trial lawyers helped FDA with rule opening generic drug firms to lawsuits

    The association that represents America's trial lawyers played a special role in the Food and Drug Administration's process of developing a new rule that opens the door to suits against generic drug makers, a potential financial bonanza to lawyers -- and a $4 billion hit to consumers and the...

  • 25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Citing a potential threat to public health, the agency in December asked 26 companies...

  • Arkansas Supreme Court overturns $1.2B verdict against Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal

    McDaniel LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has joined its neighbor in reversing a massive verdict against Johnson & Johnson over the prescription drug Risperdal. On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a $1.2 billion verdict assessed by Pulaski County...

  • Arkansas court tosses $1.2b judgment against Johnson & Johnson

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court has thrown out a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging its marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The Thursday ruling comes in an appeal of lawsuit filed by Arkansas against the drugmaker and...

  • Hawaii attorney general sues maker of drug Plavix

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's attorney general is suing the makers of a widely prescribed blood thinner that he says a significant portion of the state's population has difficulty metabolizing. Attorney General David Louie filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the manufacturers and distributors of...



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