LA County Asked To Hold Off Vote On Pharmaceutical Take-Back Measure
Supervisor Michael Antonovich wants to give the stakeholders more time to reach an agreement. Meanwhile, he's calling for the development of an interim option that would give county residents an opportunity to start returning drugs, needles and other sharps right away.
Vote On LA County Drug Take-Back Proposal Delayed Again
A Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote on a proposal that would require drug companies to design and pay for a program to collect and dispose of unused drugs, needles, lancets and other sharps is facing its fourth postponement since its introduction last year. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, sponsor of the pharmaceutical take-back measure, is asking the board to delay Tuesday's scheduled vote until June 14 to provide more time for all sides to reach an agreement. The pharmaceutical industry continues to oppose the proposal. (O'Neill, 5/16)
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Pfizer's Anacor Deal Showcases New Wave Of Eczema Therapies
Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) purchase of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc (ANAC.O) heralds an approaching wave of potentially safer and more effective treatments for millions who suffer from eczema, a common skin condition which causes infection-prone rashes that can feel like having poison ivy 24 hours a day. (Pierson, 5/17)