DOD has compounded drugs tested; What do sales of Gilead's hep C drugs portend?;

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> The U.S. Department of Defense is having Express Scripts ($ESRX) screen all ingredients used in compounded medications to ensure that make sure they are all FDA approved. Story

> In typical fashion, a federal agency in India is blaming its IT department for the fact that it didn't follow procedures an apparently allowed drugmakers to collected more in incentives than they were entitled. Story

> There are differing estimates and differing analyses of what the sales of Gilead Sciences' ($GILD) hep C drugs will be and mean for the drugmaker. Report

Medical Device News

@FierceMedDev: Roche joins forces with Sigma-Aldrich to distribute biochemical reagents. FierceDiagnostics story | Follow @FierceMedDev

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@EmilyWFierce: Merck KGaA to tap Oschmann as new CEO, sources report. Article | Follow @EmilyWFierce

> Philips to help fund HealthTech refocus with 2016 lighting biz IPO. Story

> GE tech hub develops innovative handheld probe for bedsore monitoring. Article

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: ICYMI: Retrophin bags rare disease approval, FDA voucher in $75M deal. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: The interesting headline on the top revenue report, $LLY gets nudged out of top 10 by a booming $GILD--$LLY now #14. FiercePharma feature | Follow @JohnCFierce

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> Amgen fails to block Novartis' Neupogen biosimilar. Item

> Lilly inks a $456M oncology deal with China's Innovent. Article

> Biogen's Alzheimer's drug impresses in early study with Phase III on the way. Report

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