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Nate Raymond

Compounding pharmacy, private equity firm settle U.S. fraud case

19 Sep 2019

A Florida-based compounding pharmacy, its private equity owner and two executives will pay nearly $21.4 million to resolve claims they engaged in a kickback scheme aimed at generating reimbursements from the military healthcare program Tricare.

OxyContin maker Purdue loses bid to dismiss Massachusetts opioid case

19 Sep 2019

A Massachusetts judge has rejected Purdue Pharma LP's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by the state's attorney general accusing the OxyContin maker of fueling the opioid epidemic by using deceptive marketing that overstated the benefits and downplayed the addictive risks of its drugs.

Drugmaker Insys wins bankruptcy court approval to sell off opioid

19 Sep 2019

Drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday won court approval to sell its flagship fentanyl spray to a buyer who agreed to only market the drug for use by cancer patients, in response to concerns about the product's role in fuelling the opioid epidemic.

GSK fights bid to strike new Zofran preemption evidence

18 Sep 2019

A federal judge on Wednesday signaled he may strike some new evidence GlaxoSmithKline Plc put forward in its renewed bid to argue federal law preempts state law claims in a case that alleges the company failed to warn that its anti-nausea drug Zofran can cause birth defects.

Boehringer says preemption ruling warrants tossing Pradaxa cases

18 Sep 2019

Boehringer Ingelheim has asked a Connecticut judge to dismiss thousands of lawsuits alleging its blood thinner Pradaxa's label did not adequately warn of bleeding risks, saying the plaintiffs agree a recent ruling could doom the "vast majority" of cases.

3rd Circuit revives University of Pittsburgh Medical Center whistleblower case

17 Sep 2019

A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit accusing the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of billing Medicare for services referred by neurosurgeons with which it had financial relationships.

Longtime Purdue lawyer must face N.Y. counties' opioid claims - judge

17 Sep 2019

An attorney who served as the longtime counsel to Purdue Pharma LP has lost a bid to dismiss claims by several New York counties that he helped the OxyContin maker and Sackler family members who own it enrich themselves through deceptive opioid marketing.

Oxycontin maker Purdue begins bankruptcy in push to settle opioid lawsuits

17 Sep 2019

Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday told a bankruptcy judge it hopes to broaden support for a proposed settlement of 2,600 lawsuits alleging it fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, but opponents of the deal highlighted looming legal battles.

IN BRIEF: Four people indicted over $99 million pharmacy fraud scheme

16 Sep 2019

An ex-employee of a New Jersey pharmacy operator was arrested on Monday and charged with participating in a $99 million scheme along with three other people to pay doctors bribes and kickbacks in exchange for steering prescriptions to the pharmacies.

DOE can be sued by student loan servicer in Connecticut preemption case - judge

16 Sep 2019

A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Education Department can be bound to his eventual ruling on whether federal law prevents student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency from turning over its records to Connecticut's banking regulator.

World News

'We are rising': students strike for global climate action

Thousands of students took to the streets of Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a U.N. climate summit adopt urgent measures to stop an environmental catastrophe.