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Embattled Lab Nears Settlement With Government Over Kickbacks

Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc, the embattled lab company, is nearing a $50 million settlement with the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal story by  John Carreyrou… 110 more words

Policy & Ethics

Gilead's Hepatitis Drugs Tripped By Old Heart Drug

Late last week Gilead Sciences issued a warning about a rare but potentially fatal interaction between its stellar new hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir and amiodarone, a potent but tricky antiarrhythmic agent. 76 more words

People, Places & Events

Orexigen 'Crying All The Way To The Bank' After 'Egregiously Unethical' Actions

On Tuesday morning the members of the Data Monitoring Committee of Orexigen’s Light study began a planned meeting in a hotel in Chicago. They had no way of knowing that in a few hours their routine duties would be completely interrupted by the news that data from the trial– which they thought was known only to them and a very few other people within the company and the FDA– had been revealed to the world by Orexigen. 164 more words

Policy & Ethics

Takeda Disagrees With Orexigen Over Data Disclosure


On Tuesday Orexigen sparked a firestorm by disclosing the interim results of an ongoing clinical trial of its weight loss drug Contrave. Takeda, which markets the drug in the US, has released a statement in which it states that it does  405 more words

Policy & Ethics

Orexigen Released Interim Data Without Approval Of Trial Leaders

Earlier today Orexigen Therapeutics disclosed positive results from a clinical trial of Contrave, its weight loss pill (a combination of naltrexone and bupropion) that it markets with Takeda. 148 more words

Policy & Ethics

New York City Ebola Doctor Slams Media And Governors Christie And Cuomo

The response in the US to the Ebola crisis last year brought out the worst in the media and our politicians. By comparison, our response to the recent measles crisis– by no means a model for public health communication– had the sophistication and intelligence of a debate at the Oxford Union. 491 more words

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Everybody Into The Sauna?

Spending more time in the sauna may lead to a longer and healthier life– at least if you live in Finland, according to a new study published in  84 more words

Prevention, Epidemiology & Outcomes