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  • Pfizer to pay $325M fine to third party payers [View news story]
    Pfizer was guilty of promoting gabapentin (Neurontin) for several conditions that it had never received formal approval to treat. These were somewhat difficult to treat conditions like bipolar disorder and chronic pain. It is not that easy for doctors to know every indication for every medication for every condition. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors rely on the suggestions of drug company representatives, who are only legally allowed to provide details on approved indications. But the pharmaceutical representatives may often add comments or refer to articles that present alternative uses for the medications. Or they may say something like, "Dr. Jones uses this medication a lot for such patients."
    Jun 2 11:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unanswered questions about the NFL's deal with Verizon: 1) Are CBS (CBS -0.9%) and Fox (NWS -0.8%) getting a free ride out of the arrangement between the NFL and Verizon which will see games steamed live on mobile phones or will it cut into the benefits of their own deal to stream games on devices other than TVs and smartphones? 2) If the deal allows games to be viewed on phones, but not tablets, where will the line be drawn as the two wireless products increasingly resemble each other? 3) Will Verizon (VZ +2.3%) recoup its investment over the long-term as new subscribers stay on board or will the fees subscribers pay for access to the NFL cover the cost? 4) Is DirecTV (DTV +0.2%) the odd man out as its NFL Sunday Ticket package begins to look outdated? [View news story]
    Will the players in the game be "steamed live" like lobsters or will there be a special recipe?
    Jun 6 05:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment