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With A $1.2 Billion Hammer, The FTC Closes Loophole To Prevent Generic Drugs — This morning, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission drew blood: Teva Pharmaceuticals will pay $1.2 billion to pay insurers, drug wholesalers, and pharmacies back for profits made by Cephalon, a company it bought in 2011, by paying generic drugmakers to delaying launching cheaper versions of its blockbuster drug, Provigil, which helps [...]

Botox Seems To Ease Depression — All sorts of science-y sounding brain drugs are used to treat serious depression: serotonin reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin/neuropinephrine reuptake inhibitors, atypical antipsychotics, et cetera. But what about using a bacterial toxin that paralyzes your face muscles? Botox, the wrinkle-smoothing drug sold by Allergan that was a major factor in that company [...]

Orexigen CEO Pledged To Keep Data Secret, But Not From Himself — In an interview two years ago, Orexigen Chief Executive Mike Narachi understood that data from the largest clinical trial of his company's weight loss drug Contrave were to be kept secret except for "a small team" that would use it to file for approval with the Food and Drug Administration.

You Are Your Job — Spoilers ahead. There really isn't room in my life, or my brain, for many TV series. Usually, I give up on the characters after less than a season, and move on to other things. For half a decade, Mad Men has been the exception. I think the reason is because the show [...]

Teenage Binge Drinking May Alter Brain Development — When teenagers drink large amounts of alcohol, they may permanently affect the way their brains develop, according to new research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and presented here in Toronto at the annual meeting of the America Psychiatric Association. "They weren't drinking heavily," says Lindsay Squeglia, an assistant professor [...]

Did Orexigen Have The Right To File Its Controversial Patent? — Shares in Orexigen Therapeutics, the maker of a weight-loss drug called Contrave, have dropped 24% to $5 since Tuesday, when news came out that data that the drug maker had originally presented as proving Contrave prevented heart attacks and strokes were part of a study that, in the end, showed [...]

The Top 10 Biotech Companies In The U.S. — Biotechnology firms are a small but growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. As of January 9, 2015, these are the ten biggest.

Former Genentech Researchers Raise $217 Million For Company To Fight Alzheimer's And Parkinson's — Three former top researchers at Genentech, the legendary biotech that is now part of Roche Holding, have raised $217 million in venture capital to start a new company, Denali Therapeutics, focused on treating and curing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, ALS, and Parkinson's. The news is another sign of both the large [...]

Puma Biotechnology Founder Auerbach Loses $250 Million On Cancer Drug Data — On Wednesday afternoon, Forbes estimated Puma Biotechnology Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Alan Auerbach's net worth at $1.19 billion. Then long-awaited details on a positive clinical trial of Puma's breast cancer drug, neratinib, were released. Puma shares, which had spiked a year ago and made Auerbach a billionaire when it was [...]
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May 28, 2015

With A $1.2 Billion Hammer,  The FTC Closes Loophole To Prevent Generic Drugs <--never got to tweet this...

May 28, 2015

RT @dbsable: John Bohannon’s great piece, “…Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How” is a valuable lesson for biotech investors.…

May 28, 2015

RT @forbeshealth: Teva Pharmaceuticals must pay $1.2B for anticompetitive behavior, says the FTC: by @matthewherper

May 28, 2015

@DeepSouthDoctor CBT has amazing results. wasn't being disparaging -- it is effective, but a once-every-few-months option will have appeal.

May 27, 2015

H.I.V. Treatment Should Start at Diagnosis, U.S. Health Officials Say

May 27, 2015

RT @Doctor_V: Howard's one of the brightest minds in rethinking doctors and patients...…

May 27, 2015

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.…

May 27, 2015

Inside Forbes’ first ever ranking of the country’s most successful women as measured by their net worths. via @forbes

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