- Valeant will buy eye surgery device maker Synergetics Updated: Sep-02-15 12:28 pm
NEW YORK - Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it will buy eye surgery product maker Synergetics USA for as much as $192 million.
- Novartis, Amgen partner on Alzheimer's, migraine treatment Updated: Sep-02-15 4:46 am
GENEVA - Swiss drug maker Novartis says it will cooperate with California-based biotech giant Amgen to develop and sell neuroscience treatments for illnesses and ailments like Alzheimer's disease and migraine headaches.
- Operators of 2 Ohio abortion clinics sue over state hurdles Updated: Sep-01-15 8:28 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The operators of two southwest Ohio abortion clinics asked a federal court on Tuesday to declare recently enacted state laws governing their operations unconstitutional.
- Valeant steps in to work on psoriasis drug with AstraZeneca Updated: Sep-01-15 5:35 pm
NEW YORK - Canadian drugmaker Valeant will work with British competitor AstraZeneca on a potential treatment for psoriasis a few months after biotech giant Amgen said it was ending research on the drug because of a link to suicidal thoughts and behavior.
- Seattle-area blood bank sued by transgender woman Updated: Sep-01-15 1:39 pm
SEATTLE - A transgender woman has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Seattle-based blood bank, saying she was fired after changing her donor profile to female to match her reissued birth certificate.
- Demand for nurses in Montana remains high Updated: Aug-30-15 2:04 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Rising patient numbers combined with a booming need for more care has created growing demand for more nurses in Montana.
- The beat goes on for 81-year-old musician Leo Samora Updated: Aug-29-15 9:44 am
PUEBLO, Colorado - If there is such a thing as a rock star for the Pueblo senior set, his name is Leo Samora. At 81, and 40 years into his musical performance career, Samora is as busy as he ever was, performing as often as three times a week at assisted living facilities throughout the city.
- After 60 years of research, McLaughlin faces new challenge Updated: Aug-29-15 5:05 am
GREAT FALLS, Montana - Since its 1954 inception as a small research laboratory in out-of-the-way Great Falls, Montana, the McLaughlin Research Institute has grown to a highly respected biomedical research center whose scientists' research has been cited as contributing to the work of two Nobel Prize winners for physiology or medicine.
- Mylan shareholders approve pursuit of Perrigo Updated: Aug-28-15 8:37 am
NEW YORK - Mylan NV's shareholders approved the company's hostile pursuit of Perrigo Co. and the generic drugmaker hopes to push ahead with a formal offer soon.
- $17.2 million awarded to 26 NY medical research institutions Updated: Aug-28-15 3:08 am
ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $17.2 million in state awards is going to 26 academic medical institutions to train new clinical researchers doing cutting-edge biomedical research.
- Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug Updated: Aug-27-15 9:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.
- Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times Updated: Aug-27-15 6:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on average.
- FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs Updated: Aug-27-15 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.
- Tomah VA Medical Center halting psychiatric services Updated: Aug-27-15 11:22 am
TOMAH, Wisconsin - The troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center is making several changes related to its psychiatric and emergency services to address staffing shortages.
- Montana Editorial Roundup Updated: Aug-26-15 7:22 pm
The Billings Gazette, Aug. 21, on health coverage for Montanans:
- Judge says Arizona Medicaid plan hospital fee constitutional Updated: Aug-26-15 6:41 pm
PHOENIX - A judge ruled Wednesday that a hospital assessment that pays for the expansion of the state's Medicaid program did not require a supermajority vote of the Legislature to be enacted and is therefore constitutional.
- Novo Nordisk adding diabetes drug output in NC, Denmark Updated: Aug-26-15 4:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk said Wednesday it will open new factories in North Carolina and Denmark as pharmaceutical companies seek to keep up with demand for diabetes medications in an increasingly overweight world.
- Federal court backs patent protecting Eli Lilly cancer drug Updated: Aug-26-15 10:13 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Shares of Eli Lilly rose Wednesday after the drugmaker said a federal court upheld a patent protecting one of its top-selling drugs, the cancer treatment Alimta.
- Missouri abortion licensing law splits GOP, health officials Updated: Aug-25-15 9:52 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Republican senators and the Missouri health department director debated Tuesday whether a Columbia Planned Parenthood met state requirements needed to perform abortions, an issue that has led to questions about whether the agency properly granted the clinic a license in July.
- Belleville hospital to align with St. Louis provider Updated: Aug-25-15 1:58 pm
BELLEVILLE, Illinois - A Belleville hospital has won state approval to align with a prominent St. Louis health care network.
- Pfizer says Hospira purchase will close in early September Updated: Aug-24-15 7:41 pm
NEW YORK - Drugmaker Pfizer says it's received the final regulatory approvals for its $15.23 billion purchase of the injectable drug and infusion device maker Hospira, and says the deal will close in early September.
- Likely legalization vote prompts action on medical marijuana Updated: Aug-24-15 6:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry - a job they have deferred for nearly two decades.
- Liberians look for help to care for research chimps Updated: Aug-24-15 4:34 pm
CHIMPANZEE ISLAND, Liberia - Eleven chimpanzees rushed out from the bush and descended from trees to the shore, making jubilant sounds to greet the speed boat bringing food.
- New York reaches $8 million settlement in Medicaid case Updated: Aug-24-15 3:37 pm
ALBANY, New York - Three New York hospitals and a health care management company have agreed to an $8 million settlement with state and federal authorities to resolve allegations they illegally billed Medicaid, the state's attorney general announced Monday.
- Columbia clinic licensed for abortions received exemption Updated: Aug-23-15 12:13 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - When the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia was granted a license to provide medication-induced abortions, it was exempted from the requirement that it have a doctor on staff with surgical privileges at a hospital in the community.