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First reported Sep 20 2014 - Updated 8 hours ago - 10 reports

British GSK fined USD490m by China on bribery

(MENAFN) British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined around USD490 million by a Chinese court following a one-year old bribery investigation, ... [Published MENAFN - 8 hours ago]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 147 reports

GSK fined £297m over Chinese doctor bribery case

The Chinese authorities slapped the penalty on Glaxo after launching an investigation in June last year into practices by executives in its Chinese business.A Chinese court said Glaxo had "resorted to bribery to boost sales of its medical products and ... [Published Daily Express - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 8 reports

Eli Lilly's Trulicity receives US FDA approval to treat adults with type 2 diabetes

Eli Lilly and Company announced that the approval of Trulicity (dulaglutide) by the US Food and Drug Administration is the latest treatment option for adults with type 2 diabetes.Trulicity is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic ... [Published PharmaBiz - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 4 reports

Rajasthan to train drug inspectors following NPPA's plan to set up price modulating cells

Following National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)'s plan to set up price modulating cells in each of the state drug control departments, Rajasthan State Drug Control department will be training drug inspectors for monitoring prices of drugs and ... [Published PharmaBiz - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 20 2014 - 11 reports

EU Approval Of Gilead Sciences, Inc.'s Zydelig Nothing But Good News, Says Analyst

September 17, 2014By Riley McDermid , Breaking News Sr.EditorNews that the European Commission has approved Gilead Sciences, Inc. 's ( GILD ) drug Zydelig for two blood cancers means nothing but upside for investors, an analyst with Guggenheim ... [Published BioSpace - Sep 20 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 3 reports

Pfizer Foundation Provides $2 Million In Grants To Support ???Last-Mile??? Vaccine Coverage In Africa

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Pfizer Foundation today announced $2 million in grant funding for pilot programs to improve immunization coverage in Africa. The programs will focus on ‘last-mile’ interventions to reach underserved populations living in ... [Published BioSpace - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 5 reports

Horizon Pharma completes acquisition of Vidara Therapeutics International plc

3:43pm BSTHorizon Pharma:Completed the acquisition of Vidara Therapeutics International plc.Says in connection with the acquisition, Horizon and Vidara have combined with the resulting parent company incorporated in Ireland and named Horizon Pharma Public ... [Published Reuters UK - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 2 reports

Null Findings on Selenium Supplements for Cataract Prevention

Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCPSelenium supplementation has been studied as a potential prophylactic measure for thyroid disease and various types of cancer, but its role in cataract prevention is of particular interest to researchers, considering ... [Published Pharmacy Times - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 6 reports

Novo finds new way to sell Tresiba in EU while awaiting another shot in U.S.

Xultophy is a combo of Tresiba and VictozaShareToolsNovo Nordisk ($NVO) is hustling to get work done so that it can resubmit its blockbuster hopeful Tresiba to the FDA next year with an eye on getting into the market by 2016, three years after the FDA ... [Published FiercePharma - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 8 reports

Type 2 diabetes market to increase to $47 billion in 2023

As physicians continue to adopt a more individualized approach to patient care, branded type 2 diabetes therapies continue to experience increased use despite attempts by payer and reimbursement authorities to limit use of these more expensive drugs, ... [Published Pharma Letter - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 4 reports

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum adds new molecule to its hemophilia collaboration with Biogen Idec

Nordic biotech firm Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (STO: SOBI) has added the preclinical fusion molecule rFVIIIFc-XTEN-vWF for hemophilia to its collaboration with US biotech firm Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB). The technology is proprietary to Amunix Operating, ... [Published Pharma Letter - Sep 19 2014]
First reported Sep 19 2014 - Updated Sep 19 2014 - 5 reports

FDA calls for tighter controls over testosterone replacement therapies

An advisory panel of the US Food and Drug Administration has voted to tighten use of testosterone replacement drugs.On Wednesday the panel voted 20-1 to restrict the use of testosterone replacement therapies to people who have low testosterone because ... [Published Pharma Letter - Sep 19 2014]


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