ALSO NOTED: Hana BioSciences raises $14.7M;CepTor wins $1.5M milestone; Herceptin wins raves; and much more...

> South San Francisco-based Hana Biosciences has raised $14.7 million through a private placement. Release

> CepTor has pocketed a $1.5 million milestone payment from JCR Pharmaceuticals after the Japanese company filed an Investigational New Drug application for Myodur (C-101) in muscular dystrophy. Release

> Genentech's Herceptin is attracting widespread attention for the remarkable benefits it has demonstrated against breast cancer. Report

> The Senate has approved a bill to stop using Medicare and Medicaid money for Viagra. Article

> Connetics of Palo Alto, CA, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Agis Industries in response to Agis' submission of an abbreviated new drug application for a generic version of clobetasol propionate foam. Release

And Finally... The use of sleeping pills by children and very young adults surged 85 percent between 2000 and 2004. Report