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New Jersey Sues Janssen Over Two Opioid Drugs

State officials from New Jersey took aim at Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen by filing a lawsuit pertaining to the marketing of opioids.

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WHO uncovers big national variations in antibiotics consumption

Antibiotics are used far more in some countries than in others, a survey by the World Health Organization showed, suggesting that urgent action was needed to slash unnecessary consumption of the medicines.

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New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as two newer types of cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Novartis division Sandoz recalls one lot of blood pressure drug

Novartis’ Sandoz division recalled one lot of losartan tablets after finding traces of a probable carcinogen in the blood pressure drug.

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Coherus prices biosimilar to Amgen’s Neulasta at 33 percent discount

Coherus BioSciences Inc. will price the company’s biosimilar to Amgen Inc.’s infection-fighting treatment Neulasta at a 33 percent discount.

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Amgen cuts price of cholesterol drug Repatha

Amgen Inc., looking to boost use of the U.S. biotechnology company’s potent cholesterol drug Repatha, cut the medication’s U.S. list price by 60 percent to $5,850.

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Trump to sign anti-opioid abuse package

Medical treatment would be more widely available to opioid abusers under a rare bipartisan measure aimed at tackling the U.S. addiction crisis expected to be signed into law by President Trump.

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FDA Proposes Steps to Standardize Generic Drugs Globally

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the regulatory agency is relaunching the Drug Competition Action Plan in 2019 with some additional initiatives.

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FDA snubs Novartis bid to repurpose inflammation drug for heart attacks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Novartis’ bid to repurpose canakinumab, a drug already approved for rare inflammatory diseases, for use in a group of heart attack survivors.

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Cost of blood pressure drug surges in U.S. after recall

Prices for two dosages of the blood pressure drug valsartan rose more than any other drug in the United States during September 2018, following a recall of much of the drug’s supply.

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U.S. to propose TV drug ads must include list prices

The U.S. government, in an effort to increase pressure on drugmakers to lower costs for U.S. consumers, will propose requiring companies to include the price of Rx medicines in TV ads.

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Trump Signs FTC Law That Allows for Biosimilar Scrutiny

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that requires pharmaceutical companies to provide details of biosimilar deals to the Federal Trade Commission for antitrust scrutiny.

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Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report.

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Merck’s Frazier Joins Growing List of Pharma CEOs Attacking Drug Rebates

Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier, speaking with the Economic Club of New York, joined a growing list of pharmaceutical chiefs in criticizing the role of middlemen in rising drug prices.

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Seattle Genetics’ Adcetris Has Potential to Change Treatment for T-Cell Lymphoma

Seattle Genetics and development partner Takeda Pharmaceutical announced stellar Phase III data from the ECHELON-2 clinical trial of Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) for peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

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HIV Treatments That Could Make Redfield’s Prediction a Reality to Defeat AIDS Epidemic

Dr. Robert Redfield, the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boldly predicted in April 2018 that the AIDS epidemic can be defeated by 2025. Merck, Janssen and Gilead Sciences all released clinical data for HIV treatments that could make Redfield’s prediction a reality.

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Trio wins chemistry Nobel for work on antibody drugs, smart enzymes

Two Americans and a Briton won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for harnessing the power of evolution to generate novel proteins.

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Impatient patients turn to online ‘buyers club’ for new drugs

Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker that bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club.

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With Hemlibra, Roche seeks to break into tight hemophilia circle

Swiss drugmaker Roche is breaking into hemophilia A treatment, a $10 billion global market dominated by rivals who have cultivated close ties to sufferers of the genetic bleeding disorder.

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GW Pharma cannabis drug set to hit market following DEA nod

U.S.-listed shares of GW Pharmaceuticals rose 8 percent as the company’s marijuana-based treatment Epidiolex cleared the last hurdle after the Drug Enforcement Administration labeled the drug as having a low abuse potential.

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