Galena Biopharma to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle False Claims Charge

Galena Biopharma will pay more than $7.55 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe its fentanyl-based drug Abstral. The allegations rose from a whistleblower suit filed under the False Claims Act. Federal officials alleged that Galena Biopharma paid multiple types of kickbacks to induce doctors to prescribe [...]

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Novo Nordisk to Pay $58 Million to Settle False Claims Charge

Novo Nordisk will pay $58.65 million to resolve allegations that the company failed to comply with the FDA-mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for its Type II diabetes medication Victoza. Novo Nordisk is a subsidiary of Novo Nordisk U.S. Holdings Inc., which is a subsidiary of Novo Nordisk A/S of Denmark. Federal officials alleged [...]

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ready-to-eat foods

Research presented at the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting by Bryan Sanchez of California State University-Northridge in Northridge, Calif., show that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are present in many ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce and dairy products and may serve as a source of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. About 2 million people become infected with antibiotic [...]

Woman Killed by a Superbug

Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics. The case involved a woman who had spent considerable time in India, where multi-drug-resistant bacteria are [...]