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Was It an Act of War? That’s Merck Cyber Attack’s $1.3 Billion Insurance Question.

By the time Deb Dellapena arrived for work at Merck & Co.’s 90-acre campus north of Philadelphia, there was a handwritten sign on the door: The computers are down. It was worse than it seemed. Some employees who were already …

Reuters: How Court Lets Merck Hide Baldness Drug Propecia’s Risks

By the time Kelly Pfaff got home from driving her son to school that morning, it was too late. Her husband, John, was supposed to be taking their 4-year-old daughter to school. But the girl and the nanny were still …

Chemical Multinationals Must Stop Cutting Corners in Sourcing: Report on China Blast

A prominent Chinese environmental group has called on chemicals multinationals to stop “cutting corners” by outsourcing business to Chinese suppliers that violate safety regulations after an investigation into a deadly explosion at a factory in March. In a new study, …

Supreme Court Sends Merck Warning Label Case Back to Lower Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave Merck & Co. a new opportunity to avoid lawsuits accusing the company of failing to properly warn patients of debilitating thigh-bone fractures from taking its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, throwing out a lower court …

Supreme Court to Review Merck Drug Warning Liability Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear Merck & Co.’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that revived hundreds of lawsuits accusing the company of failing to adequately warn patients of the risks of thigh bone fractures associated …

Merck Loses Bid to Collect Patent Infringement Damages from Gilead

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. dishonestly obtained patent rights and was not entitled to collect a $200 million infringement verdict it won against rival Gilead Sciences Inc. The U.S. Court …

Pain Care Lobby Gave $3.5M in Ohio Political Donations as Opioid Deaths Climbed

As Ohio’s overdose epidemic has climbed toward a record high, an army of lobbyists representing makers of prescription painkillers and their allies poured more than $3.5 million into Ohio political coffers. Pharmaceutical companies and allied groups belonging to the Pain …

Merck Settles Vioxx Suits from New York, Florida, South Carolina

Merck & Co. has reached settlements to resolve lawsuits from the states of New York, Florida and South Carolina alleging the company misled state regulators about the dangers of the painkiller Vioxx, according to court filings. The confidential sums were …

Judge Blocks Punitive Damages in Fossamax Claim Against Merck

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out part of a bellwether lawsuit against Merck & Co. over claims that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax causes jaw damage. The plaintiff, Linda Secrest, may pursue her claim that Fosamax suffered from a design …