A roundup of recent medtech strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions and financings.
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HHS will take steps to increase access to abortion medication and prevent states from banning it, Secretary Becerra says, but also is questioned about whether the FDA can speed up certification of pharmacies and if the Justice Department would sue states banning access.
With no currently approved treatment for agitation in Alzheimer’s disease, analysts see a solid revenue opportunity for Rexulti. The companies plan to file a supplemental NDA later this year.