Day: July 20, 2021

More than 200 people in U.S. being monitored for possible monkeypox exposure, CDC says

More than 200 people in 27 states are being monitored for possible exposure to monkeypox after they had contact with an individual who contracted the disease in Nigeria before traveling to the United States this month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, no additional cases have been detected. State and […]

STAT+: Three pharma wholesalers reach a $1.1 billion deal with New York over the opioid crisis

Three of the largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in the U.S. agreed to pay up to $1.1 billion to settle a lawsuit in which the state of New York claimed the companies contributed to the opioid crisis by failing to monitor suspicious shipments. The deal – which involves AmerisourceBergen (ABC), Cardinal Health (CAH), and McKesson (MCK) – […]

STAT+: As a key hearing nears, Justice Department calls Purdue’s bankruptcy plan unconstitutional

In harsh words, the U.S. Department of Justice castigated Purdue Pharma’s proposed bankruptcy plan as being illegal and unconstitutional, raising questions about the fate of the proposal. Under the proposed settlement, some members of the Sackler family who own the drug maker would contribute more than $4.3 billion to compensate people and local governments that […]

Delta variant surges to 83% of sequenced Covid-19 cases in the U.S., CDC says

The rapidly spreading Delta variant now accounts for 83% of sequenced Covid-19 cases in the United States, the nation’s public health leaders said Tuesday, and in parts of the country with low vaccination rates, it may be responsible for up to 90%. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Wholesalers near deal over opioid litigation; pharma gives $67,400 to Peters for trying to torpedo drug pricing bill

Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. We can tell because our short person has left the campus grounds for gainful employment (which involves keeping after very, very short people) and the official mascot is hunting for bunnies. As for us, we are engaging in our usual ritual of brewing cups […]

STAT+: STAT+ Conversations: the revitalization of the antibiotic drug pipeline

Editor’s note: A livestream of the conversation will be embedded below at 1 p.m. ET. Every week, STAT+ subscribers get access to exclusive content with biotech, pharma, and health tech leaders. This week, STAT Pharmalot columnist and senior writer Ed Silverman will be joined by John Rex, editor-in-chief at AMR Solutions and chief medical officer […]

STAT+: Pacific Biosciences to buy smaller DNA sequencing firm for up to $800 million

Pacific Biosciences of California, a maker of DNA sequencing equipment that has seen its stock rise dramatically in recent years, said Tuesday that it will purchase Omniome, a smaller rival, for up to $800 million. PacBio, as the firm is known, will offer $600 million, half in cash and half in stock, up front. It […]

Covid-19 kept families and caregivers out of hospitals. Some doctors think that shouldn’t happen again

PHILADELPHIA — On an early summer morning in North Philadelphia, Marsha El sits on a bench outside Temple University Hospital, scrolling on her phone. Inside, doctors perform a heart procedure on her husband, Timothy. Barred from being by his side due to Covid-19 visitor restrictions, Marsha, a retired insurance company branch manager, anxiously waits for […]

STAT+: Pharma CEOs, lobbyists showered Democrat with cash after his attempt to torpedo Pelosi’s drug pricing bill

WASHINGTON — The very next day after Rep. Scott Peters attempted to torpedo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s signature drug pricing bill by gathering a cadre of moderates to challenge the measure, pharmaceutical industry executives and lobbyists flooded his campaign with cash, according to campaign finance disclosures. Peters, a California Democrat, made waves in early May […]

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