Europe's antitrust crackdown in pharma marches on. Now, watchdogs are spanking Johnson & Johnson and Novartis for keeping a generic version of a powerful painkiller off the market.
Six whistleblowers are collecting some serious dough for helping the U.S. Department of Justice tag Johnson & Johnson with off-label marketing. Under the False Claims Act, they're due a percentage of the $2.2 billion settlement, and in this case, that's more than $20 million each.
Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Synthes arm plans to spend more than $36 million to build up a research-and-development operation in Ireland.
With the American Society of Hematology meeting in New Orleans, a slew of blood cancer studies are in the spotlight. Three of the releases caught our eye, because they're significant new data on drugs already on the market.
Robert Wessman, the Icelandic entrepreneur who built Actavis into a generics powerhouse and then sold out, has decided get into the biosimilars business. He has talked his home country into helping finance his plans.
Johnson & Johnson's executives preparing for upcoming trials alleging the company's Ethicon division sold faulty vaginal mesh that harmed legions of women are already facing a bombshell accusation: patients' attorneys accuse employees of destroying or losing hundreds of thousands of vital product documents.
Insurers also stand to gain plenty from Johnson & Johnson's $2.5 billion-plus offer to settle 8,000 lawsuits involving faulty metal hip implants. Bloomberg reported that the conglomerate will fork over as much as $1 billion to insurers who covered patients' cost of removing the now-recalled ASR implants.
GlaxoSmithKline is broadening its reach in the big U.S. R&D field in coming months, ramping up satellite innovation centers in Cambridge, MA, and San Diego where its teams can shepherd a growing flock of research partnerships while hunting down new technologies and spawning biotech startups.
Johnson & Johnson's $2.5 billion-plus agreement to settle as many as 8,000 lawsuits over faulty metal hip implants made by its subsidiary, DePuy, is already getting pushback. Patients complain their attorneys and the company itself gain more than they do from the deal, and if discontent rises, it could place the overall agreement at risk.
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