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Swine flu could become pandemic, health officials say

April 27, 2009
A growing number of swine flu cases in Mexico and the U.S. has international health officials concerned that the aggressive virus could infect people worldwide, according to MarketWatch. The
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Drug sales down in US, slower elsewhere

April 22, 2009
Pharmaceutical sales, squeezed by the worldwide recession, will increase globally by the slowest rate in a quarter-century and decline in the U.S. this year, according to the Associated Press. A
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Tons of released drugs taint US water

April 20, 2009
U.S. manufacturers, including major pharmaceutical companies, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water — contamination the federal government has consistently
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Sanofi-Aventis to buy U.S.-based BiPar Sciences

April 15, 2009
Sanofi-Aventis SA has agreed to pay up to $500 million to buy California-based BiPar Sciences in a move to strengthen its research and development in cancer treatments, as reported by
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Johnson & Johnson to eliminate 900 positions, mostly sales

April 13, 2009
Diversified healthcare company Johnson & Johnson announced it was eliminating 900 positions from its Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical unit in the latest downsizing move in the drug industry, according to Reuters.
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More prescriptions for generics, fewer for branded drugs

April 8, 2009
For those keeping score, the total number of U.S. prescriptions for generic drugs grew by 12% a year between 2004 and 2008, while the number of prescriptions for branded drugs
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Biotechnology boom raises security fears

April 6, 2009
As rapid advances in biotechnology make it easier to develop and produce deadly organisms, experts are calling for better industry oversight to stop that progress benefiting criminals and terrorists. According
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Does the world need a prescription drug for jet lag?

April 6, 2009
We’ve never really thought of jet lag as anything more than annoyance that travelers must endure and overcome. But it turns out it’s a “disorder” — and Cephalon hopes it
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Head of P&G blasts Obama tax proposal

March 31, 2009
The chairman of the world''s largest consumer products maker says a provision in President Barack Obama''s budget proposal regarding income made overseas would cost American jobs and give foreign businesses
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FDA cracks down on unapproved narcotic painkillers

March 31, 2009
The Associated Press reports that the government has ordered 14 unapproved narcotic painkillers off the market, prescription versions of potent morphine, hydromorphone and oxycodone. The Food and Drug Administration told
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