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Roche persuades U.S. judge to toss $2M Accutane verdict

Roche has emerged victorious in its quest to reverse a $2.1 million verdict by a New Jersey jury in favor of a woman who blamed the Swiss pharma's acne med Accutane for her inflammatory bowel disease, Bloomberg reports.

Novartis apologizes for lax business practices in Japan as side-effects scandal widens

Facing its second scandal in as many months, Novartis' Japanese unit has issued an apology for failing to disclose side effects of its drugs Tasigna and Gleevec, which are used to treat leukemia.

USDA, Nebraska U. researchers find no danger in Merck's Zilmax

A study carried out the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and the U.S.D.AU Agricultural Research Service found Zilmax had no negative effects on cattle health.

BMJ targets Pradaxa safety, scolding Boehringer, FDA and EMA alike

The BMJ has set off a kerfuffle--and a Twitter campaign--over the safety of Boehringer Ingelheim's blockbuster anticoagulant Pradaxa.

Simulated human heart aims to screen drugs for adverse effects

An in vitro technique using samples of beating heart tissue may be able to test the effects of drugs on the heart without unnecessary testing on humans or animals, according to new research.

FDA in search of a new head for its Indian operations

When India-born Altaf Lal was named to run the FDA office in India last year, he pledged to work with Indian drugmakers there to improve quality and their chances of avoiding regulatory actions by the agency. But someone else will have to take on that challenge because Lal has left after just about 9 months on the job.

FedEx indicted for delivering drugs to addicts from illegal web pharmacies

FedEx has received a special delivery from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), a 15-count indictment accusing it of being the delivery vehicle of choice for a certain kind of drug dealer. If convicted, the agency says FedEx could face penalties of $1.6 billion.

Children's blood infections lead Teva to halt production of IV solution

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which in April had to recall a children's growth hormone, has now halted production of a parenteral nutrition product as the authorities try to determine why 9 children in Israel developed blood infections after taking it.

GSK recalls acetaminophen products that were not child-proofed

GlaxoSmithKline is voluntarily recalling four lots of its Panadol Advance product in 100-count bottles in Puerto Rico because the bottles do not have child-resistant packaging to protect against overdoses.

Baxter issues global recall of saline in midst of U.S. shortage

Baxter International has initiated a worldwide recall of three lots of sodium chloride as well as one of highly concentrated potassium chloride, the company announced today. The recall of the saline comes even as hospitals for months have been facing a shortage of the essential product.