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Volume 24, Issue 8

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Investigation at Roche

The EMA has launched an investigation into Roche after an inspection found that thousands of potential safety reports, including 15161 deaths, connected to Roche medicines had not been evaluated to determine whether they should be reported to regulators as adverse drug reactions.

GSK Pleads Guilty

GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 billion (2.4 billion Euros) to resolve criminal and civil liability resulting from the unlawful promotion of certain drugs, failure to report safety data and alleged false price reporting practices. According to the Justice Department, it is the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history.

US Healthcare Reform

The US Supreme Court has upheld the provision of the country's Affordable Care Act. Among other points, the decision means that FDA can continue to implement the new biosimilars programme. Implementation of US reform now depends on who controls the White House and Congress after the elections, as well as individual states implementing the law.

Merck Restructuring

Merck Serono has revealed its "final efficiency program" for operations in Switzerland, which includes confirmation of the closure of sites in Geneva and Coinsins. The majority of job transfers and cuts are expected to be completed later this year. Closure of the Geneva site is planned for mid-2013 and for 2014 for the Coinsins site.


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