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It's official: Takeda to pay a 'bargain' $2.3B to settle Actos lawsuits

Takeda is preparing to pony up $2.3 billion to settle lawsuits accusing the Japanese pharma of hiding diabetes med Actos' cancer risks. But according to some experts, that's a steal.  

3M says its new intravenous port dressing will make drug delivery easier and fight off site infections

3M announced the launch of its Tegarderm CHG intravenous port dressing, saying the device will help oncology patients receive injections comfortably and ward off infection. The new product combines a transparent port-site dressing with a chlorhexidine gluconate gel pad. 3M says the dressing enables continuous, unobstructed observation of the IV insertion site.

Pfizer prevails in first court test of Zoloft birth-defect claims

Pfizer racked up an important win in the first trial over Zoloft's alleged links to birth defects. A St. Louis jury decided on Friday that the drug giant isn't liable for congenital abnormalities in a boy whose mother took Zoloft during her pregnancy.

Sanofi sues drug information startup over side effect info

Sanofi is suing startup Diagnosia over the publication of information about side effects and drug interactions in its physician decision support software.

KemPharm sets IPO price for up to $56M

Iowa's KemPharm, maker of abuse-resistant versions of painkillers, has set its price range for a possible IPO, seeking up to $56 million at $12 to $14 a share.

Zoloft lawyers accuse Pfizer of hiding birth-defect risks

Pfizer researchers found evidence last year that pregnant women using its Zoloft antidepressant had a higher risk of giving birth to a child with heart problems and other congenital anomalies, Bloomberg reports. Now, the internal report has surfaced in a lawsuit blaming Zoloft for a young boy's heart defect, the first such case to go to trial.

Baxter again having to recall saline solution as shortage persists

Just weeks after recalling three lots of 0.9% sodium chloride injection amounting to nearly 600,000 units, Baxter has recalled 8 more lots, adding further to the national shortage of saline. Last time the problem was leaky bags. This time the drugmaker says there is a problem with the chance for particulate in the bags. The FDA also announced the recall in a MedWatch notice.

Safety scare with AstraZeneca's diabetes drug could shake up the DPP-4 field

The FDA raised some alarming concerns tied to AstraZeneca's Onglyza ahead of a committee meeting to discuss the safety of so-called DPP-4 inhibitors, sounding a worrying note for a blockbuster class of drugs.

AZ's Onglyza has most to lose at FDA safety confab, analysts say

FDA experts will grill a couple of diabetes meds next Tuesday, and the outcome of that debate could put a damper on sales. The drugs: AstraZeneca's Onglyza and Takeda's Nesina, both DPP-4 blood sugar-fighters. The questions: Do they really increase the risk of heart failure? And if so, what's to be done about it?

AdverseEvents: Analysis of side-effect reports turns up troubling safety signals for Novartis, Eisai drugs

Drugs that treat brain-related diseases are often tied to troubling side effects. Now an analysis of FDA side-effects reports by healthcare informatics firm AdverseEvents has uncovered more potential safety problems for the meds.