Oklahoma judge orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $572million in opioid epidemic case

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572.1 million to the state for its part in fueling an opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing addictive painkillers. J&J said it would to appeal the decision, though the award was below what some investors and analysts had feared, in what had been a $17… Read More Oklahoma judge orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $572million in opioid epidemic case

Panama becomes first Central American nation to ban plastic bags usage

Panama on Saturday became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the United Nations has identified as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. The isthmus nation of roughly 4 million people joined more than 60 other countries that have… Read More Panama becomes first Central American nation to ban plastic bags usage

German court sentences killer nurse to life imprisonment

A former nurse was jailed for life on Thursday for murdering 85 of his patients, the worst killing spree in Germany’s post-war history. Niels Hoegel injected people with lethal drugs and then played the hero by appearing to struggle to revive them, the district court in Oldenburg heard. “Your crimes are impossible to grasp,” judge… Read More German court sentences killer nurse to life imprisonment

3M set to acquire medical device maker Acelity in $6.7billion deal

3M Co said on Thursday it would buy privately held medical device maker Acelity Inc in a deal valued at $6.7 billion, including debt, as the U.S. industrial conglomerate looks to expand its business in medical dressings and related products. The maker of Post-it notes and Scotch tape is buying the company and some of… Read More 3M set to acquire medical device maker Acelity in $6.7billion deal

Gunmen fatally shoot female polio vaccinator in Pakistan

Gunmen shot and killed a female polio vaccinator on Thursday, the fourth this week in the latest surge of violence against efforts to rid the world of the crippling childhood disease, an official said. Polio workers have come under attack in some parts of the word including Pakistan where hardline clerics and militants say the… Read More Gunmen fatally shoot female polio vaccinator in Pakistan

Zipline launches delivery of vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana using drones

Hundreds of drones will begin delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind, the global vaccine alliance GAVI said on Wednesday. Medics will place orders by text message when supplies run dry, said GAVI chief executive Seth Berkley. Drones will then fly in from… Read More Zipline launches delivery of vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana using drones