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Trump says will make announcement on reducing drug prices

U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration would make an announcement on reducing drug prices, but he did not offer specifics.

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Bayer wins EU watchdog’s endorsement for wider Xarelto use

Bayer received the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation for widening the use of its blockbuster clot prevention drug Xarelto to include atherosclerosis patients, opening a potentially lucrative new market.

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Amgen’s new migraine drug hits insurance hurdles

Amgen Inc.’s push to get patients on its new $575 a month migraine drug before competition emerges in September 2018 is facing barriers from insurers.

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Bayer to phase out Essure birth control device in U.S.

Bayer will discontinue the sale of the healthcare company’s birth control product Essure in the United States.

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Swiss, German drugmakers join U.S. price freeze

European drugmakers Roche, Bayer and Merck KGaA became the latest companies to freeze prices in the United States following criticism by the Trump administration of the cost of medicine.

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Mylan signs U.S. license deal on Humira with AbbVie

AbbVie Inc. signed a U.S. licensing deal for Mylan NV’s proposed biosimilar to the mega-blockbuster drug Humira.

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U.S. court blocks sale of Indivior rival generic

Indivior Plc’s shares jumped more than 33 percent after a U.S. court blocked a rival from selling a cheaper copycat of the British drugmaker’s bestselling opioid addiction treatment.

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Trump told Pfizer CEO price hikes hurt his drug plan: source

U.S. President Donald Trump called Pfizer Chief Executive Ian Read to say the company’s July 1 price hikes had complicated the administration’s drug pricing plans, prompting the company to defer its planned increases, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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Pfizer Raises Prices Of Forty-Plus Drugs Per Report

The Wall Street Journal reported that Pfizer increased the list prices for more than 40 of the pharma giant’s prescribed medications.

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U.S. District Court rules in favor of Lilly’s Alimta patent

A U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Eli Lilly’s patent on its Alimta vitamin regimen and prevented Hospira and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories from launching generics until the patent expires.

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Consumer Group Pressures FDA to Pull Takeda’s Gout Drug from Market

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to pull Takeda’s gout treatment Uloric (febuxostat) off the market.

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More evidence of NSAID risk in early pregnancy

Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around the time of conception significantly increases the risk of miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a study suggests.

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Soaring costs, loss of benefits top Americans’ healthcare worries: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Americans listed healthcare as the most important problem facing the country, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

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Payer Access Special Feature: Straining the system

Current health systems built to evaluate and pay for traditional drugs are going to struggle with gene and other unusual therapies – but manufacturers can take steps before launch to define how manufacturers assess and value these new products.

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Annual Report 2018: State of the Bio Industry

This yearly review analyzes recent developments, trends and outlooks in the areas of biotechnology, biosimilars, biopharmaceuticals, biologics, biomarkers and biobanks.

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DTC Special Feature: Which color is it?

A recent study of DTC advertising appearing in the Journal of General Internal Medicine concluded that few broadcast ads are compliant with FDA’s guidelines. The reality, though, might not be so cut and dried.

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U.S. drug prices hit by insurer tactic against copay assistance: analysis

A recently adopted tactic by U.S. health plans to limit the financial assistance drugmakers provide directly to consumers for prescription medicines is taking a toll on drug prices, according to a new analysis.

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J&J’s Stelara Improves Crohn’s In Two-Year Study

The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, part of Johnson & Johnson, presented two-year data from its IM-UNITI trial of Stelara (ustekinumab) in Crohn’s disease.

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Trump assails high drug prices, avoids direct hit on industry

U.S. President Donald Trump blasted drugmakers and healthcare “middlemen” for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as his administration avoided aggressive direct measures to cut prices.

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In Europe, Mylan’s rivals try to plug EpiPen shortages

European makers of emergency allergy treatments are stepping up production of alternative life-saving adrenaline shots to try to fill intermittent shortages of Mylan’s market-leading EpiPen injection.

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