Pharmalittle: Oklahoma trims claims against J&J and Teva in opioid suit; House committee poised to vote on drug pricing bills

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Alex Hogan/STAT What is it? Pharmalittle: Oklahoma trims claims against J&J and Teva in opioid suit; House committee poised to vote on drug pricing bills Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmalot Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Ed Silverman April 5, 2019 Reprints [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is quite modest. We hope to catch up on our reading, take a few naps, hang with our short people, and putter around the castle. And what about you? This is a fine time to enjoy the great outdoors. Perhaps you could begin the annual ritual called spring cleaning. Or make time for someone special. But please, be careful if you encounter any wind turbines. A reliable source says these are bad for your health. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon. …Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter dropped all but one claim against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) in a lawsuit alleging the drug makers helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic, Reuters writes. Hunter will still bring a public nuisance claim against the companies but is dropping five other claims, including that they violated the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act. The move comes ahead of an upcoming May 28 trial, the first in the U.S. to result from roughly 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold opioid makers responsible for contributing to the epidemic. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Ed Silverman Log In | Learn More Tags Congressdrug pricingfinancelegalopioidspharmaceuticalsSTAT+states @Pharmalot What’s included?last_img read more

Lorina Ozane-Semien

first_img She was called home and received her wings on April 25, 2020 at the age of 83.She is preceded in death by her late husband Peter Semien Sr., son James Semien and Great Grandson Evan Lacey. Lorina Ozane-Semien was born May 13, 1936 in Sweetlake, Louisiana to the late Lawrence Ozane and Bitzel Victorian.She was married to the late Peter Semien Sr. and they resided in Port Arthur, Texas. She leaves behind 5 children: Peter Semien Jr. (Vanessa) Baytown, TX, Jeanette Guillory-Semien (Ruben), John Semien (Pearl), David Semien (Kimberly), Peggy Semien-Bates and a daughter-in-law Connie Semien-James all of Port Arthur, TX.center_img Visitation will be Friday, May 1, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home.Private graveside services will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

Fishing boat turns into wave energy plant

first_imgHavkraft and Kvernevik Engineering have transformed a fishing vessel into a wave energy plant.The idea came from Havkraft’s CEO Geir Arne Solheim. The developers have installed four large chambers in the vessel’s bow.As the waves strike the vessel, the water level in the chambers rises. This creates an increase in air pressure which in turn drives four turbines – one for each chamber.The pitch of the vessel also contributes by generating additional air pressure in the chambers when the wave height is large. The design of the chambers is such that they work in response to different wave heights, which means that the energy is exploited very effectively.Edgar Kvernevik, engineer and project manager for Kvernevik Engineering, said: “The plant thus produces electricity with the help of what is called a fluctuating water column. All we have to do is to let the vessel swing at anchor in a part of the ocean with sufficient wave energy. Everything is designed to be remotely-controlled from onshore.”One of the organizations contributing to the project is Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK). MARTINTEK performs research and development for companies in the field of marine technology.MARTINTEK developed a mathematical model and run a number of simulations of the mentioned wave plant. This has provided developers with a better overall picture of how much energy can be extracted from the waves. The capacity of the plant is 200 kW in total, and MARINTEK’s computations indicate that the plant is capable of producing 320,000 kWh per year.Havkraft, a Norwegian based wave energy developer concluded the first testing phase of the wave energy converter that was deployed off the coast of Norway in December. The next phase is to build full scale demonstration plant.Image: Havkraftlast_img read more

New CEO for Rickmers (Japan)

first_imgStinchcombe, who succeeds the late Yoshiaki Kawabuchi, started his career with Chiyoda Corporation and later joined Japan Heavy Lift Inc, which was the agent for Rickmers-Linie between March 2003 and June 2006. Stinchcombe assisted Kawabuchi establish Rickmers (Japan)which opened on 1 June 2006, and he has since been representative director and COO of the company.last_img

Judicial appointments: random access

first_imgI am responding to a letter (Larissa Hutson, 4 March) concerning research being carried out to discover what attracts members of the legal profession to apply – or puts them off from applying – to be a judge. This work is being undertaken by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) in partnership with the Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and will refresh research first completed in 2008. Of course we completely agree with the author’s point on selection on merit. We select solely on merit and nothing in this survey will affect how the JAC makes selections or undermine in any way the merit principle. However, she is mistaken in suggesting that she was targeted to complete the survey, and not her husband, because more women are being encouraged to apply for judicial appointment. The survey was sent to a randomised sample of male and female solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives. The findings will be published for everyone to see later in 2013 and used to inform the way in which the JAC reaches out to all potential applicants, and how the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx promote judicial office to all their members as a career move. Christopher Stephens, chairman, Judicial Appointments Commission, London SW1last_img read more