May 2023

Purdue can shield wealthy Sackler family from opioid lawsuits, court rules

The billionaire family behind Purdue Pharma, the maker of the powerful and highly addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, can be protected from lawsuits related to their company’s role in the opioids crisis, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The second US circuit court of appeals in New York determined the company can shield its owners […]

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UK families lose bid for compensation over Primodos pregnancy test drug

An attempt by more than 100 UK families to seek compensation for birth defects they say were caused by the hormone-based pregnancy test Primodos has been struck out by the high court. The families, who believe their babies suffered a range of congenital abnormalities due to the drug, were hoping to rekindle a civil case

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US banker paid £73m dividend in 2021 after firm won millions in UK Covid contracts

An American banker was paid a £73m dividend in 2021 after his firm won hundreds of millions in Covid contracts, figures show. Banks Bourne, the sole owner of the medical company Tanner Pharma, took the sum from Tanner’s UK division, Companies House records show. While Tanner Pharma registered profits of £1.4m in 2019, this figure

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Drug for hot flushes will transform menopause treatment, doctors say

Menopause treatments will be revolutionised by a drug that acts directly on the brain to prevent hot flushes, leading doctors have predicted. Speaking after the US approved the first non-hormonal menopause drug, made by Astellas Pharma, experts said the treatment could be transformative for the hundreds of thousands of women in the UK for whom

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King’s College London cuts ties with opioids-linked Sackler family

King’s College London has become one of the latest UK institutions to sever all ties with the Sackler family amid outrage over its role in the deadly opioids epidemic in the US. Several other UK organisations that have recently been funded by Sackler cash, including the Royal Opera House, continue to take active steps to

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