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FTC files latest challenge to "pay for delay" generic drug deals

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

Today the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a legal brief "challenging an agreement between drug manufacturers Wyeth and Teva Pharmaceuticals" where plaintiffs allege "Teva agreed to delay its introduction of a generic version of Wyeth’s blockbuster antidepressant drug Effexor XR." Fighting anti-competitive prescription drug deals that cost consumers "billions" is a signature issue for Chairman Jon Leibowitz's FTC.

Is CDC Hiding Their New Data on Foodborne Illness

By | Nasima Hossain
Public Health Advocate

Late on the 27th of July, a Friday evening, without any notice to consumer groups and food safety advocates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual report of foodborne illness data for 2011. Why the secrecy?

The venerable English football club Manchester United, founded in 1878, is expected to file an IPO today under a new U.S. law, the JOBS Act, that passed overwhelmingly because it was intended to help newer, smaller companies go public. Over at The Motley Fool, they say: "Thank the JOBS Act for the Ugliest IPO of the Year."

Last week, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson settled her case with Accretive Health, the debt collector that allegedly acts as a gatekeeper to obtaining emergency-room treatment. The AG's legal filing has  affidavits from 60 victims but in a press release, the debt collector says "the Attorney General did not and could not identify a single patient in Minnesota who experienced a problematic interaction with an Accretive Health employee." Hunh?

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