Bayer gains FDA nod for long-use IUD

The approved device is the first of its kind to reach the FDA finish line in 12 years By Mark Hollmer For the first time in 12 years, the U.S. has a new IUD approved for commercial ...

Merck yanks cholesterol drug Tredaptive from market

Move follows last month’s failure in large-scale study By Eric Palmer Merck ($MRK) is pulling the plug on Tredaptive, its once ambitious drug for raising good cholesterol, ...

With FDA panel vote, J&J diabetes threat looms for Merck’s Januvia

By Tracy Staton Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) nabbed an FDA committee’s support for its new diabetes drug, canagliflozin. Now dubbed Invokana, the treatment comes with some ...

After dismal 2012, this is a make-it or break-it year for GSK

Glaxo shares were last in stock performance of Pharma’s top 10 By Eric Palmer GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) CEO Andrew Witty is expecting 2013 to be a much better year for the drugmaker. ...

Stada exec says board would entertain the right offer

Generics maker is viewed as likely buyout target By Eric Palmer Stada CEO Hartmut Retzlaff has been elusive about what the future holds for the German generics maker, which has often ...

Drugmakers run short of Tamiflu, vaccine as flu bug bites hard

Boost in Tamiflu demand forecast to add 1% to Roche’s top line By Eric Palmer  What the flu bug will bring in any given year is a bit of a guessing game, and this year drugmakers ...

FDA cracks whip on cigarette sellers

PANAJI: Officials at the Food and drugs administration on Thursday conducted a special drive at the Anjuna flea market, where they found brands of imported cigarettes with defective ...

Philips Respironics CoughAssist T70 Cleared in U.S. as Alternative to Airway Suctioning

By GENE OSTROVSKY Coughing is an important physiologic mechanism by which the airways are cleared of secretions that can otherwise impair breathing and cause pneumonia. People with ...

Siesta Medical Receives Additional FDA Clearances for Encore Tongue Suspension System

By Rob Kurtz Siesta Medical has announced it has received additional FDA clearances for its Encore tongue suspension system, according to a news release. The Encore system was cleared ...

FDA OKs Georgia companies’ medical devices

By Atlanta Business Chronicle  A number of new medical devices made by Georgia companies, including a blood test tool and laser tool, have been green lighted by the Food and Drug ...

CFIA investigates outbreak of foodborne illness in Canada

By FBR Staff Writer The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that it is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial authorities to determine the ...

ViroPharma Suit Against FDA Over Generic Vancocin Tossed

By Andrew Zajac & Tom Schoenberg ViroPharma Inc. (VPHM)’s lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over generic forms of its antibiotic Vancocin was dismissed ...
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