| Apr 15, 2015
| 4:20 PM
Biotech company Amgen Inc. took a key step in its expansion into cardiovascular drugs Wednesday when the Food and Drug Administration approved its heart failure drug for sale in the United States.
The drug called ivabradine is an oral medication that...
| Apr 11, 2015
| 3:00 AM
The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, allegedly the intentional act of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, and the deaths of all 150 people on board is indeed a tragedy. But some good may come out of it if it induces people to take another look at those substances...
| Apr 7, 2015
| 1:22 PM
The Food and Drug Administration has warned Hospira that corrective actions the drugmaker made at an Italy facility weren't sufficient, the company disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing.
The FDA in a March 31 letter said Hospira lacked written...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 2:14 PM
Last month, the General Assembly's Public Health Committee unanimously approved and sent to the House floor a bill that purports to grant terminally ill patients access to medicines and therapies not yet approved by the federal Food and Drug...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 2:30 AM
As health insurers shift more of the cost burden to consumers, the average U.S. worker with employer-provided coverage now pays $9,695 per year in premiums and out-of-pocket costs for a family of four -- a 118 percent increase over the past decade,...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 6:49 PM
Pfizer Inc. led the deal-making in the interconnected pharmaceuticals industry Thursday, saying it would buy Hospira Inc. for about $17 billion, including debt.
Hospira is a leader in the generic injectable-medicine market and is among those at the...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 11:14 AM
PITTSBURGH — Ride-sharing service Uber is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University on a Pittsburgh research lab both hope could lead to the development of driverless cars.
Carnegie Mellon and its Robotics Institute have been working on...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 5:57 PM
John Standley, chief executive of the Rite Aid pharmacy chain, was effusive this week in describing how consumers will benefit from his company spending $2 billion to buy EnvisionRx, a firm most people likely never heard of.
The deal, he said, will...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 4:22 AM
We get the calls every day. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are reaching out to our organization worried that their loved one is abusing prescription medicine.
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic and is skyrocketing among our nation's...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 3:46 PM
British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline is establishing a vaccine research center in Rockville that it expects will bring 600 jobs to the state.
The site will join others in Belgium and Italy as one of the company's three hubs for vaccine research and...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 10:10 AM
Some 35 years ago my grandfather died a painful death as prostate cancer ravaged his body. His passing did not have to be so excruciating given that hospital staff could have eased his suffering with pain medication. But when my mother asked about the...