Australian Court Allows Patenting of Human Genetic Material

On Friday, an Australian court ruled that genetic material related to cancer can be patented by two technology companies.

A similar case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and scheduled for hearing on April 15.

Cancer support groups opposed the finding and said the ruling that allows U....

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University of Berkeley and Eight Companies Warned by FDA Regarding Flu Medicines

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned several sellers of dietary supplements over claims made by them that their products helped fight the flu. Last Thursday, the FDA posted the letters on its website to make consumers aware that a variety of herbal products sold on the premise of ...

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Healthpoint Ltd to Pay $1 Mln to Massachusetts to Settle Marketing of Xenoderm Matter

On Friday, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Massachusetts had reached a settlement with Healthpoint and its general partner DFB Pharmaceuticals Inc as part of a broader national settlement of $48 million.

The settlement was to resolve allegations of wrongfully charging Medicaid and ...

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Mississippi Baby Cured of HIV

On Sunday, Dr. Deborah Persaud reported the first case of an infant succeeding in finding functional cure to HIV. Her report, announced at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic infections in Atlanta, raised hopes of curing infants of HIV.

Dr. Deborah Persaud, who is a virologist at John Ho...

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FDA Riled over Approving Glaxo’s Flu Vaccine after EU Reports of Narcolepsy

Though the precise nature of the link between GSK’s Pandemrix vaccine and narcolepsy in children is yet to be proved, numerous studies from Europe seem to indicate that children treated with Glaxo’s flu vaccine have a higher risk of contracting narcolepsy.

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleeping disorde...

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Jury Verdict in First of the 11,000 Metal Hip Trials Asks DePuy to Pay up $8.3 Million

On Friday, in the first lawsuit (out of close to 11,000) to complete jury trial over defective metal hips sold by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit, the jury ordered DePuy pay close to $8.38 million to the plaintiff Loren Kransky. Even though punitive damages were not awarded, the jury ordered DeP...

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FDA Commissioner Asks For New Regulations to Combat the Growing Menace of Sterile Compounds

On Tuesday, the Commissioner of FDA, Margaret Hamburg, stated on the FDA blog, “FDA Voice” that a “new breed of specialty pharmacy compounding has evolved that has outgrown the law, and can pose a threat to the health of the public. New legislation is needed that specifically addresses such compoun...

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Grand Jury Authorization Requested for Investigating Company Linked to Meningitis Outbreak

On Tuesday, the Michigan Attorney General asked the Michigan State Court of Appeals to authorize a grand jury for investigating the role of a company linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012, and to check whether the company had broken any state laws.

According to reports of the U.S. Centers ...

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FDA Changing Labeling Rules for Tobacco Alternatives

On Monday, the Consumer Updates of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed that soon the labels of nicotine replacement therapy products may soon change. The proposed changes have come in the wake of smokers getting misled by some warnings like “Do not Use – if you continue to smoke, chew tobacco,...

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Tyson Foods Paying $4.25 Million to Settle Toxic Gas Exposure Complaint

Now only if most settlements were so blazing fast, the economy would have rebounded sooner without any doubt. It was only on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint alleging Tyson Foods and its affiliated entities failed to comply with the Clean Air Act with refrigeration systems at mo...

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U.S. Sues Novartis Over Medicare Fraud

On Tuesday, the U.S. government filed a civil fraud lawsuit accusing a unit of Novartis AG of orchestrating claims based on fraudulent kickbacks and causing Medicare and Medicaid programs pay tens of millions of dollars. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It seeks civil penalties and...

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All Boston Public High Schools to Receive Free Condoms

On Wednesday, the Boston School Committee approved a policy to distribute free condoms for students to all 32 public high schools and their 17,000 students. Until now, such condoms were available at public high schools with on-site health centers in Boston and 19 schools already had condoms available.

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Hepatitis “A” Outbreak Linked to Pomegranate Shipment from Turkey

While the Hepatitis A outbreak reached 127 cases in 8 states by Friday, the FDA believes it has found the cause and a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from Turkey has caused the outbreak.

In an update to the media on Friday, FDA stated, “FDA and CDC have determined that the most likely vehicle ...

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