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FDA rejects risk-management plans from painkiller makers
The FDA told drugmakers that their proposals to prevent the abuse of painkillers such as morphine are not enough to curb the practice. Risk-management plans submitted by 16 executives include additional physician training and the use of medication guides for patients. MSNBC/The Associated Press (12/4)

Pfizer plans its versions of blockbuster biotech drugs
Pfizer might launch its own versions of 10 to 15 biotech drugs, starting with Amgen's Epogen for anemia or Sanofi-Aventis' anti-clotting treatment Lovenox, as the company makes its way into the biogenerics market, said David Simmons, head of Pfizer's Established Products Business Unit. The plan is in line with Pfizer's expansion of its generics business and the government's work toward establishing a system for approving biogenerics. Bloomberg (12/9)

Semantic technology can address data challenges in health care
Web 3.0 or semantic technology is gradually making its way to the mainstream market, and health care industry leaders have already started adopting it because of its potential to address data issues, writes Michael Cataldo, CEO of Boston-based Cambridge Semantics. Semantic technology creates a platform to which all clinical and research data from various IT systems and databases can be integrated, giving health care providers easier access to critical information. In turn, that could lead to improved patient care and reduced costs, Cataldo writes.

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