Stories by Linda A. Johnson

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Research on rare disease drugs increases

TRENTON, N.J. - The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers.
By Linda A. Johnson

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Health care M&A leads global deal surge

As drugmakers and hospitals cut costs and sharpen focus, health care deals lead global surge.
By Linda A. Johnson

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bayer to buy Merck's consumer care business

TRENTON, N.J. - Germany's Bayer plans to buy U.S.-based Merck & Co.'s consumer health business, creating a combined medicine cabinet from aspirin to allergy pills.
By Linda A. Johnson

Friday, April 25, 2014

Smartphone apps remind patients to take their meds

Medicine only helps if you take it properly. And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications.
By Linda A. Johnson

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FDA OKs tablet for seasonal allergies

TRENTON, N.J. - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly ...
By Linda A. Johnson

Monday, May 27, 2013

Valeant to buy Bausch + Lomb

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Monday that it will pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, in a massive expansion of ...
By Linda A. Johnson

Monday, March 25, 2013

Johnson & Johnson recalls blood sugar meters

OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters sold in the U.S. and other countries are being recalled because when a diabetic's blood sugar level is dangerously high, they do not provide a warning and ...
By Linda A. Johnson

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

Black Friday sales decline

Thanksgiving shopping took a noticeable bite out of Black Friday's start to the holiday season, as the latest survey found retail sales in stores fell slightly from last year.
By Linda A. Johnson

Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Generic Lipitor recalled

TRENTON, N.J. - Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has recalled dozens of lots of its generic version of cholesterol drug Lipitor because some may contain tiny glass particles.
By Linda A. Johnson

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Congressman investigates sellers on drug shortages

TRENTON, N.J. - A congress­man investigating worsening shortages of hospital drugs is demanding that secondary drug distributors reveal where they're getting scarce, lifesaving medicines - ...
By Linda A. Johnson
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