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J&J and Purdue settle Kentucky lawsuits for $39.5 million

Kentucky claims the companies 'created havoc' for patients in the US state

Johnson & Johnson and Purdue Pharma have settled separate lawsuits with the US state of Kentucky for a total of $39.5 million after being accused of misleading patients about the risks of two widely-used medicines.

J&J settled for $15.5 million allegations that it failed to warn that certain users of its Risperdal (risperidone) antipsychotic could develop gynaecomastia (male breast development), gain weight and develop diabetes. Last week, the company lost a litigation trial over gynaecomastia.

FDA approves limited OxyContin use in children

The FDA has approved the limited use of the strong painkiller Oxycontin for children in the US aged between 11 and 16.

OxyContin is an extended-release version of the opioid medicine oxycodone, which is used to manage chronic pain when other treatments have proven ineffective.

Pharma companies look to Apple’s ResearchKit for R&D

Big pharma is planning to tap into data gathered through ResearchKit

Pharma companies are moving into a new area in drug R&D, by using Apple's ResearchKit platform to gather data from iPhone users to draw on when developing new drugs.

When it launched in March, Apple bosses promised the ResearchKit platform would provide access to a 'diverse, global population' - which pharma firms are now seeking to tap into to mine data for drug development. 

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New facilities, plant shutdowns and layoffs in the pharma manufacturing sector.

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