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FDA Extends Exclusivity for Certain Combo-Meds

What’s two extra years of exclusivity worth? Enough to spark a legal fight. The FDA posted new guidance on its website Friday, awarding certain combo meds 5 years of exclusivity compared with the previous three. Drugmakers had lobbied for the change, but the timing–and the wording–are bound to be controversial.

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Gambro Acquisition Fuels Baxter’s Growth Before Split

The acquisition of dialysis company Gambro last September continues to fuel Baxter International’s ($BAX) sales growth as it preps to spin out its biopharma division in 2015. But despite some stop-gap measures, it’s not likely that Baxter will actually be able to meet the demand for its dialysis products until additional manufacturing capacity opens up in 2016.

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Health IT VC Funding Drops in Q3

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector for the third quarter of 2014. Mercom’s comprehensive report covers deals of all sizes in Healthcare IT across the globe.

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NIH Launches Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins today announced a new national initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis of large-scale health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors. Computer scientists Deepak Ganesan and Benjamin Marlin will co-lead the…

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Are Shire and AbbVie on the Outs?

Following Shire plc’s (“Shire”) waiver of the three-day notice period, AbbVie Inc. (“AbbVie”) (NYSE: ABBV) announces today its Board of Directors’ withdraws its recommendation made on July 18, 2014 regarding the proposed Shire transaction and recommends that stockholders vote against the transaction.

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