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Monday, October 1, 2007

In case you missed it: cancer scares, drug company settlement, VA Boston review, Danvers rivals

Cancer specialists are proud that the United States is home to more cancer survivors than any other nation, 10.5 million people. But for every cancer survivor, there are several "cancer scare survivors" who have been told, based on imperfect tests, that they may have cancer when they do not, Scott Allen writes in Sunday's Globe.

Bristol-Myers Squibb and a subsidiary have agreed to pay more than $515 million to settle civil suits over fraudulent drug marketing and pricing schemes, including illegally promoting an anti-psychotic drug to children and the elderly, US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan said Friday, Jonathan Saltzman and Liz Kowalczyk report in Saturday's Globe.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is considering closing a VA clinic on Causeway Street and merging the Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury campuses into one facility, Emily Sweeney writes in City Weekly.

North Shore Medical Center in Salem and Beverly Hospital have long battled for profits and position across the North Shore. Now they're cross-town rivals in Danvers, where each is spending millions of dollars to build outpatient-care facilities on major roadways, Kathy McCabe reports in Globe North.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:50 AM
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