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Number of Americans using $100,000 in medicines triples: Express Scripts

More than a half-million U.S. patients had medication costs in excess of $50,000 in 2014, an increase of 63 percent from the prior year, as doctors prescribed more expensive specialty drugs for diseases such as cancer and hepatitis C, according to an Express Scripts report released on Wednesday. Of the estimated 575,000 Americans who used […]

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U.S. says insurers must cover FDA-approved birth control methods

The U.S. government said health insurers must cover all FDA-approved methods of birth control without co-pays or charges to the patient, as it issued a paper on Monday looking to clarify coverage guidelines under the Affordable Care Act. Recent published reports found that some payers were ignoring federal requirements for covering birth control, a benefit […]

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Endo Pharmaceuticals Shells Out $130 Million for Nearly 70 Pipeline Programs From Aspen Pharmacare Holdings

DUBLIN — Endo International (ENDP) has continued its trend of expanding its portfolio through acquisitions, announcing a $130 million deal to acquire a large portfolio of anti-pain anti-infectives, cardiovascular and other therapeutics areas from Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, the company said this morning. The deal includes products that are currently on the market, as well as […]

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Horizon Pharma plc Announces Settlement of PENNSAID(R) 2% Patent Litigation With Perrigo Company plc

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – May 8, 2015) – Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP), a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing differentiated and accessible medicines that address unmet medical needs, today announced that its affiliates have entered into a settlement and license agreement with Perrigo Company plc and its […]

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Prescription Fish Oil Maker Hires Top Lawyer To Sue FDA On First Amendment Grounds

Amarin Pharmaceuticals, which was rebuffed by the Food and Drug Administration in its effort to market its fish oil pill Vascepa to treat high triglycerides, is suing the agency, saying its First Amendment rights are being violated. To make its case, the small drugmaker has hired one of the nation’s top free speech lawyers, Floyd […]

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WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list, urges lower prices

The World Health Organization has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the U.N. agency said prices needed to fall to make them accessible to patients in poorer countries. The treatment of hepatitis C, which affects about 150 million people globally and kills around half a million each year, […]

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Novartis says lung cancer drug Zykadia gains EU approval

Swiss drugmaker Novartis said European health regulators have approved a drug for advanced lung cancer that is intended to treat patients with a specific genetic mutation. Zykadia, or ceritinib, is from a new class of medicines known as ALK inhibitors. It was approved in April 2014 in the United States. It is designed for use […]

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FDA staff say Vertex CF combo works, unclear how

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc’s combination of an experimental compound and an approved drug significantly improved lung function in cystic fibrosis patients with the most common genetic mutation underlying the disease, FDA staff said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers, however, were not sure whether Vertex’s already approved therapy, Kalydeco, had a positive effect alone. […]

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It Costs $10K More To Treat People With Diabetes, Insurers Say

It now costs $10,000 or more per person annually to treat someone with diabetes than someone who doesn’t have the chronic disease, according to a new analysis of large insurance company claims data. The Health Care Cost Institute, a Washington-based group backed by some of the nation’s largest insurance companies including UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana […]

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EU patent office revokes Celgene Revlimid patent; appeal planned

(Reuters) – Celgene Corp on Thursday said the European Patent Office revoked a key patent on the company’s flagship multiple myeloma drug Revlimid, a move that could shave a year or two from the medicine’s exclusivity in Europe. The so-called polymorph patent in question would have kept cheaper versions of Revlimid off the European market […]

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