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Production of Lethal Injection Drug Halted

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK)-- Hospira Inc, the sole maker of a key execution drug in the U.S. announced Friday that it will permanently halt production of the drug.

The company planned to produce the drug, thiopental, at a plant in Italy. However, an issue passed in December ordered the government to prevent the Italian made drug from being used in lethal injections. With that, the company decided to terminate all production of the drug.

Hospira's decision could have sweeping affects on the capital punishment system especially for states that have run out of thiopental and will consequently have to delay carrying out of the death penalty. Although there are other drugs that states may use as a supplement, that decision may require approval from courts and state officials.

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Novartis to Pay $422.5M to Resolve Criminal, Civil Charges

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Drug company Novartis has agreed to pay $422.5 million to resolve criminal and civil charges that it illegally marketed the epilepsy drug Trileptal, as well as other drugs. The company will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay $185 million in criminal penalties.

A release from the Justice Department notes the DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services “focused efforts to reduce and prevent Medicare and Medicaid fraud through enhanced cooperation. One of the most powerful tools in that effort is the False Claims Act, which the Justice Department has used to recover approximately $3.445 billion since January 2009 in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs. The Justice Department’s total recoveries in False Claims Act cases since January 2009 have topped $4.595 billion.”

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