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March 17, 2014

The legislature is mulling a bill that would alter the structure of Florida’s Board of Pharmacy, raising from one to three the number of seats for pharmacists representing both smaller and larger pharmacies, according to the Associated Press.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The legislature is mulling a bill that would alter the structure of Florida’s Board of Pharmacy, raising from one to three the number of seats for pharmacists representing both smaller and larger pharmacies, according to the Associated Press.

The measure, proposed by Sen. Denise Grimsley, would also reduce from five to one the number of at-large posts for those with pharmacy licenses, the report states.

March 5, 2014

In the wake of a huge data breach just before the Christmas holiday, Target’s CIO Beth Jacob is resigning, according to published reports.

MINNEAPOLIS — In the wake of a huge data breach just before the Christmas holiday, Target’s CIO Beth Jacob is resigning, according to published reports.

According to a New York Times report, which cites a statement released to the Associated Press, the move is effective Wednesday and the company will look for an interim CIO.

February 6, 2014

The Associated Press on Tuesday reported that New York's online database of drug prescriptions has curtailed "doctor shopping" by 75%, citing New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Associated Press on Tuesday reported that New York's online database of drug prescriptions has curtailed "doctor shopping" by 75%, citing New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah. 

The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, called I-STOP, began operating in August, AP reported. 

January 30, 2014

A proposed state health department regulation that would require children up to ages 5 years and older to get an annual flu immunization and would keep those with medical exemptions out of school or day care during flu outbreaks has received opposition from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Associated Press.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A proposed state health department regulation that would require children up to ages 5 years and older to get an annual flu immunization and would keep those with medical exemptions out of school or day care during flu outbreaks has received opposition from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Associated Press.

January 30, 2014

Target reportedly said a data breach at an unidentified vendor led to hackers obtaining phony credentials that allowed them to gain access to Target’s systems and steal the information for 40 million credit and debit cards, as well as the personal data of about 70 million consumers.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reportedly said a data breach at an unidentified vendor led to hackers obtaining phony credentials that allowed them to gain access to Target’s systems and steal the information for 40 million credit and debit cards, as well as the personal data of about 70 million consumers. According to the Associated Press, Target did not offer any specific details on who the vendor was or how hackers obtained the credentials.

December 3, 2013

Officials in Rhode Island may set up a registry that would allow doctors and pharmacists to track patients who have problems with drug abuse, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Officials in Rhode Island may set up a registry that would allow doctors and pharmacists to track patients who have problems with drug abuse, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the proposed registry would track prescriptions for drugs that are controlled substance and allow healthcare professionals to track their usage, similar to a monitoring program set up in New York this year. A task force that includes state lawmakers, health officials and healthcare professionals met Monday to look at the idea.

September 3, 2013

Johnson & Johnson last week reported it will add a red warning to caps of Tylenol to reinforce the risks of taking too much acetaminophen, the Associated Press reported last week.

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson last week reported it will add a red warning to caps of Tylenol to reinforce the risks of taking too much acetaminophen, the Associated Press reported last week. 

The alert will appear on the caps of Extra Strength Tylenol beginning in October, according to the report. 

The new warning on Tylenol caps will read: “Contains Acetaminophen” and “Always Read the Label.”

 

June 27, 2013

Target has ended its relationship with celebrity chef Paula Deen following reports that she used racial slurs, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Target has ended its relationship with celebrity chef Paula Deen following reports that she used racial slurs, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the Minneapolis-based mass merchandise chain would not replenish its inventory of Paula Deen-branded cookware in its stores or online once the merchandise sold out. Walmart has made a similar announcement.

June 7, 2013

Target is offering new natural and organic food products as part of its Simply Balanced private label, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Target is offering new natural and organic food products as part of its Simply Balanced private label, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the line would start with such products as drinks and snacks, and was an outgrowth of similar products sold under the Archer Farms label. 

May 9, 2013

Wrigley announced the company is temporarily stopping the sale and marketing of its new Alert Energy caffeinated gum "out of respect" for the Food and Drug Administration as they agency investigates the safety of added caffeine in foods.

WASHINGTON — Wrigley announced late Wednesday the company is temporarily stopping the sale and marketing of its new Alert Energy caffeinated gum "out of respect" for the Food and Drug Administration as the agency investigates the safety of added caffeine in foods.

March 27, 2013

Bashas' chairman and CEO Eddie Basha, Jr. has died, according to published reports. He was 75 years old.

NEW YORK — Bashas' chairman and CEO Eddie Basha, Jr. has died, according to published reports. He was 75 years old.

According to the Associated Press, Basha's cause of death was not disclosed, but his family had said his health had been failing.

February 26, 2013

A privately owned drug maker in New York is offering $6.5 billion for Irish drug maker Elan Corp., but hasn't heard back from it, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A privately owned drug maker in New York is offering $6.5 billion for Irish drug maker Elan, but hasn't heard back from it, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that Royalty Pharma's $11-per-share offer for Elan represented a 4% premium over its closing price Friday. Royalty buys royalty interests in drug products that are in late-stage development or have already entered the market, but doesn't develop or market drugs of its own, the AP reported.

December 18, 2012

PepsiCo's Tropicana brand is introducing a new way for moms to sneak veggies into their kids' diets: Farmstand, a fruit-and-vegetable drink to hit the refrigerated section of supermarkets in January.

PepsiCo's Tropicana brand is introducing a new way for moms to sneak veggies into their kids' diets: Farmstand, a fruit-and-vegetable drink to hit the refrigerated section of supermarkets in January.

November 20, 2012

Canadian regulators have allowed the approval process for a generic opioid painkiller to go forward despite objections from provincial and other authorities, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Canada's federal government has allowed the approval process for a generic opioid painkiller to go forward despite objections from provincial and other authorities, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that Canadian health minister Leona Aglukkaq turned down requests from provincial and aboriginal tribal authorities to delay approval of a generic version of Purdue Pharma's OxyContin (oxycodone). OxyContin will lose its patent protection in Canada on Sunday.

October 22, 2012

Greeting card maker American Greetings announced last week that its board has formed a committee of independent directors to consider an offer to privatize the company, reported the Associated Press.

CLEVELAND – Greeting card maker American Greetings announced last week that its board has formed a committee of independent directors to consider an offer to privatize the company, reported the Associated Press.

According to AP, CEO Zev Weiss and his brother, president and COO Jeffrey Weiss, along with other investors and executives, submitted a proposal to the board on Sept. 25. The group wants to buy all of the company's common stock that it doesn't already own for $17.18 per share, valuing American Greetings at approximately $581 million.

August 8, 2012

A new program in Texas aims to track prescribed controlled substances to catch dealers and abusers, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A new program in Texas aims to track prescribed controlled substances to catch dealers and abusers, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the Texas Department of Public Safety had created Prescription Access in Texas, an online database that healthcare professionals and law enforcement officials can immediately access to see what drugs a patient has received in the state in the last year.

May 15, 2012

Pfizer apparently is relenting on its attempt to drive sales of its top cholesterol drug as several new generic versions look set to enter the market, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Pfizer apparently is relenting on its attempt to drive sales of its top cholesterol drug as several new generic versions look set to enter the market, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that Pfizer was "quietly" giving up on the drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) after an $87 million campaign to continue marketing the drug despite generic competition.

May 14, 2012

Budget cuts have added an extra challenge to the response of health authorities in Washington state to an epidemic of whooping cough, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Budget cuts have added an extra challenge to the response of health authorities in Washington state to an epidemic of whooping cough, according to published reports.

According to a report by the Washington State Department of Health, there were 1,284 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, reported so far for 2012, compared with 128 during the same period last year. No deaths have been reported so far.

May 9, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration may be close to approving a drug for preventing HIV infection, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration may be close to approving a drug for preventing HIV infection, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the FDA had said Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), made by Gilead Sciences, appeared to be safe and effective for preventing HIV infection when taken daily. An FDA advisory committee will review the drug and decide whether to recommend its approval for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

March 23, 2012

Lawmakers are going after companies that they say have sought to take advantage of drug shortages by buying drugs in short supply and then reselling them at higher prices, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Lawmakers are going after companies that they say have sought to take advantage of drug shortages by buying drugs in short supply and then reselling them at higher prices, according to published reports.

June 23, 2011

The Supreme Court has struck down a law in Vermont designed to encourage generic drug usage by limiting the sharing of information about what branded drugs doctors prescribe, so that drug companies could use it when crafting sales pitches, according to published reports.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has struck down a law in Vermont designed to encourage generic drug usage by limiting the sharing of information about what branded drugs doctors prescribe, so that drug companies could use it when crafting sales pitches, according to published reports.

October 3, 2010

French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis has launched a hostile takeover bid to take over Cambridge, Mass.-based...

NEW YORK French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis has launched a hostile takeover bid to take over Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech company Genzyme, according to published reports.

 

The Associated Press reported Monday that Sanofi would try to acquire the company for $18.5 billion, or $69 per share. Genzyme previously had rejected Sanofi’s friendly offer for the same amount.