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District judge green-lights kickback lawsuit against Novartis

Novartis has to face a kickbacks lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges that the Swiss drugmaker gave pharmacies discounts and rebates to boost sales of two drugs, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Zydus Cadila bottling flop sparks another Indian recall

The FDA said today Zydus Cadila has recalled 10,200 bottles of its allergy drug promethazine hydrochloride after a high blood pressure medication was discovered in one of its bottles.

Boehringer to pay $650M to wrap up thousands of Pradaxa lawsuits

Boehringer Ingelheim has agreed to pay $650 million to wrap up thousands of lawsuits claiming Pradaxa, an  anticoagulant, caused serious--even fatal--bleeding in some patients. The deal comes just weeks after the FDA completed a safety review of the drug, concluding that it was as safe as the older drug it seeks to replace, warfarin.

FDA puts improved generic evaluations on $50M regulatory wishlist

With the list of generic drugmakers in the FDA's bad books growing longer by the week, how to improve evaluation of its drugs was a top priority when the agency recently compiled its regulatory science goals.

California goes after Purdue, Endo, J&J, Actavis and Teva over opioids

California has decided to lay the responsibility for opioid overdoses, and even a resurgence in heroin use, at the feet of the drugmakers, accusing them in a lawsuit of reaping huge profits while turning a large swath of people into drug addicts.

Takeda now 5 for 6 in winning Actos cases, but that loss was a stunner

On Thursday, Takeda Pharmaceutical fended off a lawsuit by two women ages, 80 and 81, who wanted $1 billion in actual damages, claiming they suffered bladder cancer as a result of taking the company's diabetes drug Actos.

Teva recalls drugs made by India's Emcure over lab testing issues

The company is recalling about 40,000 bottles of drugs manufactured for it by Emcure Pharmaceuticals in India for deviations in lab testing, an issue the FDA has frequently uncovered at Indian plants.

Logistics company RXTPL rails at FDA for identifying it in drug seizure report

The FDA this week sent U.S. Marshals into an Ohio warehouse to seize more than $11 million worth of drugs marketed by Ascend Pharmaceuticals which it claims are unapproved. But a mention in the FDA press release that the drugs were warehoused by Masters Pharmaceutical has brought a world of pain down on the third-party logistics company.

Jury's out in Las Vegas after 3-month trial over Actos cancer risks

In federal court in Las Vegas, a trial over the cancer risks of Takeda's Actos drug wrapped up Tuesday, leaving the jury to decide whether the diabetes remedy triggered the plaintiffs' disease--and if so, how much they should collect from the Japanese drugmaker.

FDA nails Sun plant for same data deletions found at Ranbaxy

India's Sun Pharmaceutical intends to be the white knight that will turn around manufacturing problems at Ranbaxy Laboratories once it finalizes its $3.2 billion buyout of the troubled drugmaker.