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Nevada Supreme Court rules in favor of state Pharmacy Board

BY Alaric DeArment

CARSON CITY, Nev. Under a ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court, the state Pharmacy Board can punish a drug wholesaler that breaks the law regardless of its intent.

The board had accused Dutchess Business Services and Legend Pharmaceuticals, its successor company, of purchasing and selling adulterated and misbranded prescription drugs, improper recording practices and purchasing drugs from companies not authorized to distribute drugs.

On the other hand, the court ordered the board to lower fines against the two companies and also said that Dutchess had not violated the law by doing business with a company that had been exempt from the state’s licensing laws at the time.

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Bayer denies takeover rumors

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKFURT, Germany Reports of Bayer’s imminent takeover appear greatly exaggerated.

The company’s chief executive officer told a German newspaper that it would not be taken over, amid rumors last week that Pfizer sought to acquire it. But Bayer has a number of drugs in its research pipeline, while many of Pfizer’s blockbuster drugs will soon go off patent, facing competition from generic drug makers.

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MyMedSchedule now available to the public

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS A service that helps people with organ transplants manage their medication schedules has become available to the public.

MyMedSchedule used to be available only in hospitals, reminding organ transplant recipients to take their medications and helping them avoid errors. People who have received transplants often must take several drugs to avoid rejection of the new organs.

Companies such as Community Health Network and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists offer similar services.

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