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Cancer Physicians Attack High Drug Costs

More than 100 cancer specialists have banded together to persuade pharmaceutical companies to bring prices down, suggesting that the high prices for medicine needed to keep someone alive is profiteering.


Drug companies forge partnerships with top schools

In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of the nation's top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering schools multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development.


Abbott to Pay $1.6 Billion Over Illegal Marketing

Abbott Laboratories said it reached an agreement with the federal government and most states to pay $1.6 billion in connection with its marketing of the anti-seizure drug Depakote... The four whistle-blowers are to share $84 million in federal rewards and $22 million for state-level claims...

Senh: Dang, the four whistle-blowers will get nearly $100M from that settlement. If you work for a huge corporation dabbling in illegal activities, blow the whistle on them - you can be a multi-millionaire if you're successful.


A One-Two Punch Against Cystic Fibrosis, And Maybe Someday Other Diseases Too

New data on an experimental drug combination being developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Mass., should give hope to tens of thousands of people suffering from cystic fibrosis, the deadly lung disease that afflicts 70,000 people worldwide and kills most of them in their 20s. If the drug combo proves successful, it could also open up new avenues for genetic research to lead to treatments for terrible diseases, raising the possibility that pairs of drugs developed in tandem could succeed where single pills have failed.


Glaxo to Pay $3 Billion in Avandia Settlement

The settlement is the largest yet in a wave of cases brought against pharmaceutical companies for illegal marketing of drugs.


Son, Girlfriend of CEO Die After Incidents at Mansion

Son, Girlfriend of CEO Die After Incidents at Mansion

The 6-year-old son of a prominent pharmaceutical executive died Sunday, almost a week after falling down the stairs at his family's mansion and four days after his father's girlfriend was found dead hanging from a balcony in the house.


Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $327 Million

A South Carolina judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $327 million in civil penalties after a jury concluded earlier this year the company misled doctors about the safety and effectiveness of antipsychotic Risperdal.


Wholesale prices rise for 7th straight month

Wholesale prices rose sharply in January due to higher costs for gas, pharmaceuticals and other goods. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, wholesale prices rose by the most since October 2008.


Pfizer 3Q profit down 70 percent due to charges

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. says revenue in the third quarter jumped 39 percent due to its acquisition of fellow drugmaker Wyeth, but hefty charges dragged its profit down 70 percent.


GlaxoSmithKline to pay $750 million in pill case

GlaxoSmithKline to pay $750 million in pill case

Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts say pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will pay $750 million to settle allegations that it knowingly manufactured and sold adulterated drugs at its plant in Puerto Rico, including the popular antidepressant Paxil.


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