Gilead Sciences, a drug company, has made $19.2 billion dollars from sales of new, innovative hepatitis C drugs in the past year. Merck filed a claim that the drugs infringed on patent rights to a similar drug filed with their company, and they recently won that claim in court. This case has been closely followed due to the drug's ability to cure up to ninety percent of those affected by hepatitis C, along with Gilead's high price tag of $94,000 per treatment regimen.
The FDA announced Tuesday that immediate-release painkillers will now carry a black box warning to inform users about the "risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death." These warnings are part of an attempt to slow the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Thursday, the FDA announced an additional attempt to conquer this epidemic by releasing guidelines for abuse-deterrent formulas of generic opioids. These formulas would deter abusers by making the pills difficult to crush and snort.
Indiana governor signs fetal defects abortion ban into law
Indiana has now become the second state to ban abortions due to fetal genetic abnormalities. Governor Mike Pence claims that the bill was created as a "pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life." The bill bans abortions due to conditions such as Down Syndrome. Doctors who agree to perform the surgery could face wrongful death lawsuits or action from the state medical licensing board. Women would not receive any punishment. In 2013, North Dakota implemented a similar ban.
Looking for calorie labels on menus? Not until 2017
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying implementation of a 2010 law requiring restaurants with 20 or more sites to display calorie content of their food. Many grocery and convenience stores have lobbied against this law, as they never wanted to be part of the law. This is the third time this law has been pushed back.
Trader Joe's is ordering a recall on their signature Chocolate and Raspberry Sticks. The items may contain more milk than listed on the label, and the products could cause allergic reactions. The company noticed the chocolate coating appeared lighter in color than expected and initiated the recall.
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