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District judge green-lights kickback lawsuit against Novartis

Novartis has to face a kickbacks lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges that the Swiss drugmaker gave pharmacies discounts and rebates to boost sales of two drugs, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Study: Medicare reimbursed 9.1 million unnecessary procedures

Medicare spent $8.5 billion on unnecessary procedures in 2009, according to a Harvard Medical School study.

LabCorp slips as Medicare bites into revenue

Diagnostics giant LabCorp posted another quarterly slip up, as declining reimbursements and bad weather dragged down its long-running turnaround effort.

Sunshine Act data is now due, but some provisions remain murky

Since last August, when the Physician Payments Sunshine Act went into effect, drugmakers and devicemakers have been logging everything they've paid out to doctors. Now, it's finally time to report all those numbers to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Varian touts emerging markets as looming Medicare changes take a toll

Varian Medical Systems reported yesterday that revenues during its first fiscal quarter jumped 5% from the same period a year ago to $712 million, and net income rose 3% to $98 million. The company cited particularly strong demand for its oncology products, which include equipment for performing radiosurgery and software that physicians can use in treatment planning.

Organogenesis slashes its R&D staff as Medicare preps a big price cut

The regenerative medicine company Organogenesis is slashing jobs as part of its company-wide reorganization in the face of Medicare's decision to cut what it's paying for its wound-healing medicine Apligraf. 

Organogenesis preps 'heart breaking' cuts as Medicare slashes reimbursement

Medicare's decision to slash the cost of wound-care products is shoving the regenerative medicine company Organogenesis toward a major restructuring, with the CEO conceding to staffers that "heart breaking" cuts will be required to adjust to the new price schedule.

Administration lauds Medicare drug discounts and wants more, more, more

The Obama administration says Medicare drug discounts have saved U.S. recipients $8.9 billion so far in prescription drug costs. Of course, the more they save, the less drugmakers earn, since they are the ones having to pony up the discounts, which the Obama administration is looking to make even larger.

Drug use, spending varies widely in U.S. by region

As the government searches for ways to limit Medicare spending, it may eye a new report that says in some regions, older patients don't get the drugs they need--and others are getting drugs that can be dangerous to their health. Prescription drug use among Medicare patients and spending by region is wildly inconsistent, it says, and in some cases, the health status of patients in the region has little to do with it.

Feds pursue reports of excessive cardiac stent use at Kentucky hospital

The U.S. Department of Justice has turned its attention to a Kentucky hospital in its ongoing quest to crack down on the excessive use of cardiac stents. Depending on the outcome, the action could threaten the bottom line of stent manufacturers who are struggling with a stagnant market. Hospitals fearing federal scrutiny may reduce those procedures considerably.