Pharmalittle: House to grill pharma wholesalers over opioids; Novartis tries a gambit to promote biosimilars

first_img By Ed Silverman May 7, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalittle: House to grill pharma wholesalers over opioids; Novartis tries a gambit to promote biosimilars Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and refreshing because, once again, that predictable routine of meetings, deadlines, and the like has returned. After all, the world keeps spinning. And to cope, yes, we are relying on cups of stimulation to help us along. Feel free to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to get you going. Hope your day is simply smashing and do keep in touch. We enjoy your notes and dossiers …Gabapentin, a 25-year-old generic pill long seen as a low-risk way to treat seizures, nerve pain, and other ailments, is the latest drug raising red flags that is not part of the opioid family at the center of the nation’s drug epidemic, the Associated Press writess. It is one of the most prescribed medications in the U.S., ranking ninth over the last year, according to prescription tracker GoodRx. Researchers attribute the recent surge to tighter restrictions on opioid painkillers, which have left doctors searching for alternatives for their patients.center_img Log In | Learn More GET STARTED @Pharmalot Ed Silverman Tags drug pricinglegalopioidspharmaceuticalspharmalittleSTAT+Vaccines Pharmalot [email protected] What is it?last_img read more

Two South Carolina men charged after forcing alligator to drink beer

first_img SHARE Author: CNN Two South Carolina men charged after forcing alligator to drink beer Published: May 27, 2017 6:48 AM EDT Updated: May 27, 2017 8:11 AM EDT center_img RIDGELAND, SC (CNN) Two South Carolina men each face a harassment charge after pictures surfaced on social media showing them pouring beer down the throat of an alligator, authorities said.Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, both of Ridgeland, are accused of harassing wildlife, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.The incident took place on Wednesday in Jasper County, located in the coastal region in the southernmost part of the state.The men admitted to investigators that they picked up the juvenile alligator after they saw it crossing a road, forced beer down its throat and watched it swim away in a nearby pond, according to the release.Pictures posted on social media alerted officials the next day.“We started receiving a lot of e-mails and phone calls about this. People had taken screen shots from Snapchat accounts,” the agency’s spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie told CNN.In one of the six photos obtained by CNN from authorities, the alligator’s neck is being squeezed and a beer can is pressed against its snout. The text on the photo says “Gator Shotgun.”Other photos show beer being dripped into its mouth while its neck is held tightly. Another picture shows smoke being blown onto the face of the gator.Besides the state misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife, Floyd and Brown also face a maximum fine of $300.There is federal protection in place to ensure alligators are legally harvested for international trade. But for a case like this, no federal protection applies, the Department of Natural Resources said.“Alligators are protected under state law and even federal law where they are still listed as threatened solely due to their similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilians worldwide,” SCDNR Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski added.The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources posted the photos on Twitter:Two men have been charged with harassment of wildlife after posting photos to social media. https://t.co/yRJr2fkLxb #SCDNR pic.twitter.com/eMOK3jl3md— SCDNR (@SCDNR) May 26, 2017 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

Rohr Drops Five Players From World Cup Squad

first_imgSuper Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has dropped five players from his provisional squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.The Franco-German tactician has trimmed his squad from 30 to 25 players.The players dropped from the World Cup squad include goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, defenders Uche Agbo and Stephen Eze as well as forwards Moses Simon and Junior Lokosa.The World Cup list will be trimmed again from 25 to 23 players after the friendly match with England at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.FIFA deadline for the submission of various 23-man squads for the tournament is Monday, June 4.Relatedlast_img read more

Hookey cans his first hole-in-one

first_imgMasa Takano (center) with John Pearce (left) and Andrew Kelleher.PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, Feb. 25, Burapha C & D – StablefordA Flight (0-15)1st Alan Thomas (6) 38pts2nd Dave Hewson (8) 38pts3rd Pete Seil (8) 38pts4th Garry Bright (11) 37pts5th Connie Walsh (14) 37ptsB Flight (16+)1st Wayne Greenwood (17) 36pts2nd Gordon Loviolette (24) 33pts3rd Tip Briney (27) 32pts4th Darren Beavers (17) 31pts5th Richard Dobson (25) 31ptsGarry Hookey. The ball took one bounce on the green and dropped straight into the hole. Garry Hookey didn’t see it, but the caddies did and screamed, but not as loud as Garry and his playing partners once they knew, and could be heard three fairways away.Thirty-nine golfers lined up on the first tee at Burapha and the course was presented in the usual excellent condition with nicely mown fairways.The B flight (16+) was won by first time Links player, Wayne Greenwood, and 36 points was a very good first up effort, and Gordon Loviolette took second place with 33. The next three places sawTip Briney return 32 points followed by Darren Beavers and Richard Dobson, both on 31.The A flight (0-15) saw a shoot-out at the top with three scores of 38 points. Alan Thomas came out on top in the countback ahead of Dave Hewson and Pete Seil respectively. There was then another countback required to separate Garry Bright and Connie Walsh, both on 37 points.Near pins went to Chris Barker (C5), Gary Hookey (C8), Nigel Harrison (D2) and Alan Thomas (D8).Beat consolation nines came from Frank Jelmo (19pts) and Petur Petursson with 21 points.Wednesday, Feb. 27, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA Flight (0-14)1st Masa Takano (8) 41pts2nd Paul Smith (5) 40pts3rd Chris Barker (12) 40pts4th Connie Walsh (14) 39ptsB Flight (15+)1st Nigel Harrison (22) 40pts2nd Colin Service (16) 36pts3rd Derek Phillips (19) 35pts4th Gordon Laviolette (23) 33ptsWe usually expect high stableford scores here and today was no different. The surprise packet was Nigel Harrison with 40 points taking out “B” flight (15+), making this his best score for quite some time. Colin Service has been wondering where his game went, but it was back today and he racked up a cool 36 points, for second place. Derek Phillips got third spot with 35 points, while that man Gordon Laviolette was there again, even after a handicap reduction, scoring 33 for fourth.Masa Takano made another 41 points to win A flight (0-14) and don his second Green Jacket in 7 days. Paul Smith, sporting an unusually high handicap, and consistent Chris Barker, were both right behind with 40 points each. Paul had 21 points on the run in to just edge into second. Connie Walsh quietly slipped into fourth with a nicely done 39 points.Near pins were claimed by Paul Smith (x3) and Mark Oliver.The best front nine (non winners) went to Andy Kelleher with 19 points on c/back whilst the best back nine score was recorded by George Mueller (17 points c/back).Friday, March 1, Pleasant Valley – StablefordA Flight (0-17)1st Phil Davies (12) 37pts2nd Masa Takano (8) 36pts3rd Steve Truelove (10) 35pts4th Dennis Eager (17) 34pts5th Chris Barker (12) 34ptsB Flight (18+)1st Phil Mitchell (24) 38pts2nd Len Jones (31) 37pts3rd Bjorgvin Hallgrimsson (22) 35pts4th Alan Walker (27) 34pts5th Mike Firkin (25) 34ptsForty-two golfers made up the field which was divided into two flights at seventeen and under and play got away on a decently prepared course on time and under blue skies.In the top flight three points covered the top five golfers with Chris Barker taking fifth place with 34 points, losing on c/back to Dennis Eager. Third place saw Steve Truelove return 35 points with Masa Takano, playing his swansong round this trip, taking second with 36 points. The flight winner, fittingly on St. David’s Day, was Welshman Phil Davies with 37 points. “Chwarae da iawn” Phil!In the second flight scores mirrored the top flight with Mike Firkin losing on c/back to Alan Walker with 34 points. In third place was Icelandic golfer Bjorgvin Hallgrimsson with 35 points, a couple behind Welshman Len Jones, runner-up with 37 points. The best score of the day was recorded by Phil Mitchell who returned in the final group with a score of 38 points.Near pins went to Phil Davies (5), Dennis Eager (13) and Masa Takano (8 and 17) whilst the best front nine score (non winners) was logged by Paul Durkan at 19 points, John Chelo taking the award for his 18 points on the back nine.last_img read more

Human resources unpacked

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Leafs, Nitehawks post shutouts in Murdoch Division action on opening night of KIJHL

first_imgWow! What a difference a week makes.Andrew Walton turned away 27 shots to power the Nelson Leafs to a 3-0 victory over the defending Kootenay Conference Champion, Castlegar Rebels, in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Community Complex in the Sunflower City.The win gained the Green and White a little revenge after the Murdoch Division rivals pummeled Nelson by a total score of 14-5 in two exhibition games.The story of the game was the play of Walton, who started last season in Castlegar before being traded to Fernie midway through the campaign.Walton made 12 saves in the first period and 11 in the second before the Leafs took the play to the home side, out shooting Castlegar 11-4 in the third.Patrick Martens led the Nelson attack with a pair of second period goals. Colton Malmsten opened the scoring in the first frame with an assist coming from newly acquired Matti Jmaeff.Jmaeff came to the Leafs earlier this week in a four-team deal that sent former Nelson goalie Darren Hogg to Osoyoos.Grand Forks Border Bruins and Penticton Lakers were also involved in the transaction.Newcomer Connor Beauchamp took the loss in the nets for Castlegar.The two teams play the second half of the home-and-home series tonight at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Game time is 7 p.m.Hawks rack up 13 as Beaver Valley explodes past Border BruinsThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored 10 times, that’s right, 10 times in the final 40 minutes to blast Grand Forks Border Bruins 13-0 in KIJHL opening night action Friday in the Boundary City.Chris Derochie led the attack with six points, including three goals.Craig Martin added a goal and four assists while Ryan Edwards and Scott Davidson each scored twice.Max Flanagan, Justin Niminikin, Mason Spear and Christian Johnson.Zach Perehudoff made 30 saves to register the shutout.Ryan Bryant and Jeremy Mandoli each took turns between the pipes facing the Nitehawk onslaught.The two teams play the second half of the home-and-home series tonight in Fruitvale. Game time is 7:30 [email protected]last_img read more

NADO Leaders Advance Urgent Reforms in Wake of Second McLaren Report

first_img“With the best interests of clean athletes at heart, it is our hope that these proposals will help sport move past these dark times and pave a path towards a brighter future – one where the promise of clean competition is fulfilled.” said the leaders in a joint statement. “But in order to do so, steps must be taken, and it is imperative that those responsible for Russia’s state-supported system are held accountable, that calls for a truly independent anti-doping model are finally heeded and those athletes affected by this abhorrent behavior are given back at least some of what was taken from them.”Meeting for the third time in six months, the NADO leadership group once again reaffirmed commitment to the Copenhagen Reform Proposals, a series of urgent reforms brought forth last August following the release of the initial McLaren Report, while calling on the international sport community to bolster anti-doping efforts and restore athlete’s faith in fair competition around the globe.With new, irrefutable evidence of Russia’s institutionalised doping system uncovered by McLaren and his team, the leadership group has called for the exclusion of Russian sport organisations from all international competition until the sport and anti-doping systems in Russia are brought into full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.However, in line with the approach taken by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and with the understanding that there may be some Russian athletes who have been subject to the robust anti-doping practices of other countries, the leadership group has offered to help in applying standardised criteria by which athletes can be assessed in order to compete as neutrals.The leaders have also called for IFs and other major event organisers to remove all international competitions currently set to take place in Russia, as well as a moratorium on awarding any new competitions to the country.In an attempt to prevent the type of malfeasance seen in Russia, NADO leaders advocate for a more independent global anti-doping model. The leadership group re-affirms its position that all anti-doping organisations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), should be independent and adopt the necessary reforms, including a proposal that no decision-maker within an anti-doping organisation hold a policy-making position within a sport or event organiser.While there was continued recognition of the value in maintaining close collaboration with sport – especially in regard to anti-doping education, funding and intelligence sharing – the leaders stand firm that investigatory, testing and results management functions be separate from sports organisations. These reforms would help prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organisation is tasked with both promoting and policing itself.NADO leaders also recognise the need for a system of checks and balances with greater transparency for anti-doping efforts in international sport. International athletes should be subject to harmonised and robust testing from independent national anti-doping organisations and anti-doping organisations overseen by WADA in order to ensure fairness.Lastly, with many IF’s now facing extensive evidence of doping and cover-ups following the publication of McLaren’s efforts, the NADO leaders look to WADA, the global regulator, to monitor and act – as required by the Code and UNESCO Treaty Against Doping in Sport – to ensure evidence is investigated and appropriate consequences are applied.While those affected athletes can never reclaim the moments that were stolen from them, the international community must do everything in its power to honor these victims and ensure justice for them. Including, if it is the athlete’s wish, the opportunity to have a formal medal ceremony conducted at the Olympic Games or World Championship following the approval of medal re-allocation.Former Irish international race walker Olive Loughnane was one of those affected athletes, having seen her 2009 World Championship medal upgraded from silver to gold in 2016. Today she backed the NADOs work in bringing about change to the anti-doping system: “As an athlete, I was shocked and appalled following the revelations in the McLaren Report that those tasked with the protection of clean athletes and the integrity of sport were in fact aiding and abetting deception of a seismic nature. I welcome the important work of the National Anti-Doping Organisations and their calls for reform. Strong action needs to be taken to ensure a message is sent out to all that doping in sport is completely unacceptable.”The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from around the world, including: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Following the devastating evidence of wide-spread systemic corruption exposed by the second McLaren Report, leaders from 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a special summit, hosted by Sport Ireland, with hopes to restore the faith of clean athletes and to ensure that the integrity of sport is never again brought into such disrepute. Special leadership Summit held in Farmleigh, DublinIn light of the second McLaren Report, leaders call for the exclusion of Russian sports organizations at all international competitions – with a uniform process for athletes to compete as neutrals until substantive progress in reform efforts are madeLeaders also call for the removal of all major international competitions, as well a moratorium on the awarding of new competitions to RussiaLeaders endorse WADA as global regulator and offer support for ongoing reform effortsLeaders reject concept of a new one size fits all, global “Independent Testing Authority” controlled by sport and consider guidelines for development of independent testing authorities to manage anti-doping responsibilities formerly conducted by International Federations (IFs)last_img read more

3 Nominees for both Galway hurling and football manager positions

first_imgInterviews for the next Galway football and hurling managers positions will be held next Monday night. After last weekend’s nomination deadline the three candidates for the football job are Padraig Joyce, Liam Kearns and Matt Duggan while outgoing hurling selectors Noel Larkin and Frannie Forde and former Galway U21 manager Tony Ward are in the running to become hurling manager. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img