Judge strikes down prescription drug importation law in Maine | Calif. bill would require drugmakers to disclose pricing process of high-cost meds | Group seeks FDA ban of certain antifungal tablets
 
February 25, 2015
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Judge strikes down prescription drug importation law in Maine
A 2013 law that permits Maine residents to purchase prescription medications by mail from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. infringes on the federal law limiting drug imports from other countries for personal use, U.S. Chief District Judge Nancy Torresen ruled Monday. The ruling, which stemmed from a lawsuit filed by pharmacy groups against the state, nullifies the law. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (2/24) Share: Email
Calif. bill would require drugmakers to disclose pricing process of high-cost meds
California Assembly Member David Chiu introduced a bill that would require pharmaceutical companies to report their operational expenses and profits for drugs that cost more than $10,000 a year. Under the proposal, costs that would have to be reported include manufacturing, research and development, and clinical trial and marketing expenses. The figures would be submitted to the state's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and later be posted publicly online. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot Blog (2/24) Share: Email
Group seeks FDA ban of certain antifungal tablets
The consumer safety advocate group Public Citizen is urging the FDA to prohibit the use of ketoconazole tablets as a treatment for fungal infections because of liver damage risks. The agency restricted the use of the tablets in July 2013, but the group seeks the removal of all oral versions of the medication from the market. Fox Business/The Associated Press (2/24) Share: Email
Measles infection tally reaches 154, CDC reports
CDC officials announced that the number of measles cases in the U.S. has reached 154 in 17 states and Washington, D.C. More than three-quarters of the cases are tied to the California theme park outbreak, and a majority of the patients had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. HealthDay News (2/23) Share: Email
Poll: 78% of Americans support mandatory immunizations
Data from a Reuters/Ipsos survey showed 78% of respondents agreed that all children should receive mandatory immunizations unless the vaccines pose adverse health risks. Data also show 71% of those surveyed support school suspensions for unvaccinated children during a disease outbreak. Reuters (2/24) Share: Email
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Merck permits low-cost sale of pediatric HIV drug in poor countries
Merck & Co. signed a licensing agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool allowing the low-cost sale of its pediatric HIV drug raltegravir in poor countries with the highest burden of disease. The agreement means that generic manufacturers and other companies can produce low-cost pediatric versions of the drug. Reuters (2/24) Share: Email
Building Workplace Trust 2015
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Federal report IDs sources of common foodborne illnesses
Beef and vegetable row crops were behind 82% of E. coli O157 illnesses in the U.S. between 1998 and 2012, according to a report by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration. Seventy-four percent of Campylobacter infections were linked to dairy products or chicken, while 81% of listeria cases were attributed to fruits or dairy, according to the report. Reuters (2/24) Share: Email
Undeclared milk and Yellow No. 5 prompt recall of sandwich wraps
Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach Flavored and Chipotle sandwich wraps were pulled by El Popocatepetl because they may contain milk and Yellow No. 5 not declared on the label. The 8-inch wraps were distributed to stores in Illinois, mainly in the Chicago area. Food Poisoning Bulletin (2/24) Share: Email
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FTC cracks down on melanoma risk-detection apps with unsupported claims
The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against the marketers of the MelApp and Mole Detective mobile applications for claiming that the apps could detect early signs of melanoma when there is no evidence to support those claims. Some of the app marketers have reached an agreement with the agency to stop making unsupported medical claims, but two additional marketers of Mole Detective have refused to settle. Health Data Management (2/24) Share: Email
Laser delivery system for Cynosure's dermal repair device cleared by FDA
The 532 nm Laser Delivery System, developed by Cynosure, has obtained clearance from the FDA. The system, which removes yellow, orange and red tattoo ink more efficiently, works with the firm's dermal repair device, PicoSure, which is used to treat acne scars, wrinkles, benign pigmented lesions and tattoos. The product is expected to be available in the second quarter. FDAnews (2/25) Share: Email
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