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Novo Nordisk CEO Says Group Doubling Medical Supplies in UK Ahead Of Brexit

Novo Nordisk's chief says the Danish company is stockpiling medicines in case of "no deal" hard Brexit

Brexit Business Strategies

AbbVie Deployed Nurses As 'Runners And Cappers' In Humira Kickback Scheme, Suit Alleges

California Insurance Commissioner claims AbbVie gave kickbacks for healthcare providers to prescribe Humira and had nurse 'ambassadors' insert themselves between patients and physicians.

Advertising, Marketing & Sales Legal Issues

Cigna Acquisition Of Express Scripts 'Unlikely' To Harm Competition, DOJ Concludes

Department of Justice clears insurer Cigna to acquire PBM Express Scripts with no divestitures or other actions required by the two giants; American Antitrust Institute says it will "trigger a fundamental restructuring of the US healthcare system."

Pharmacy Benefit Management Private Payers

Bayer Fortifies Branding In OTC Naproxen Market With Win In Trademark Litigation

Bayer convinces federal court to affirm USPTO appeal board decision to cancel competitor Belmora’s Flanax US naproxen product trademark because the firm used packaging that resembled a Bayer product with the same name sold in Mexico. The ruling could provide standing for owners of foreign marks to assert priority rights over similar US marks, according to a patent attorney.

International Mexico

HHS Secretary Alex Azar Talks Rebate Changes, But Not Eliminating Discounts Altogether

Details on anticipated changes to rebate practices are in demand. HHS Secretary Azar talked about changes that would still allow negotiated discounts at the point of sale during a presentation at the FT Pharma Pricing and Value Summit.

Market Access Pricing Debate

Bayer’s Consumer Health Sales Stay Cool During Summer Months

Bayer reported consumer health sales globally fell 1.4% to $1.64bn after a late start to the allergy season drove down Claritin sales. Aleve analgesics sales grew 3.3% to $112.5m on US line extensions while Alka Seltzer line sales were flat at $47.5m.

Consumer Sales & Earnings
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