Les Laboratoires Servier and another (Appellants) v Apotex Inc and Others (Respondents) – Supreme Court

Posted November 4th, 2014 in appeals, defences, ex turpi causa, law reports, medicines, patents, Supreme Court by sally

Les Laboratoires Servier and another (Appellants) v Apotex Inc and Others (Respondents) [2014] UKSC 55 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 29th October 2014

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Mother cleared of poisoning teenager daughter with hormones supplied by Belgian doctor says case should be landmark for parents’ rights – The Independent

Posted October 31st, 2014 in children, medical treatment, medicines, mental health, news, parental rights, poisoning by sally

‘A mother cleared of poisoning her daughter after taking desperate measures to treat a chronic condition has said that the case should be used as a landmark for other parents finding care for their children outside the NHS.’

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The Independent, 30th October 2014

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Principle that profiteering from illegal acts should be prevented does not apply to patent infringements, rules Supreme Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 30th, 2014 in appeals, damages, injunctions, medicines, news, patents, proceeds of crime, Supreme Court by sally

‘A legal principle designed to prevent businesses from profiteering from illegal acts does not apply if that profiteering would stem from infringing patent rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th October 2014

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Vicky Davies jailed for 12 weeks for abusing 999 service – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in emergency services, hospitals, medicines, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who called the emergency services 200 times in two years with fake symptoms to get pain medication was “depleting life-saving resources” from the health service, say officials.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Mother Mary Kidson ‘plied daughter with unnecessary medication’ – The Independent

Posted October 14th, 2014 in children, grievous bodily harm, medicines, news, poisoning by sally

‘A mother poisoned her daughter by plying her with a cocktail of drugs obtained by touring the clinics of multiple doctors until she was prescribed the medication she had decided the teenager needed, a court heard today.’

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The Independent, 13th October 2014

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Criminal extradited from Spain and jailed for non-payment of UK Confiscation Order – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Martin Hickman, who was convicted in relation to the illegal sale and supply of medicinal products in 2009, has been extradited from Spain and jailed for 10 years after failure to pay a confiscation order made against him in 2012 at Southwark Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd October 2014

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Zack Hider inquest: Surgery ‘overdose’ caused baby’s death – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2014 in inquests, medical treatment, medicines, news by tracey

‘A 19-day-old boy died after being given four times the solution needed to stop his heart during surgery, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2014

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Gloria Foster inquest: ‘Neglect contributed to death’ – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in care workers, elderly, hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘Neglect contributed to the death of an elderly woman found dying at home nine days after her care agency was shut in a police raid, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2014

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Two men cleared of manslaughter after slimmer died from drinking weedkiller – The Guardian

‘Two men have been cleared of the manslaughter of a slimmer who died after drinking weedkiller that was given to him as a weight-loss aid at his local gym.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2014

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NHS worker jailed over theft of £642,000 earmarked for cancer drugs – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2014 in conspiracy, fraud, medicines, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘An NHS worker who played an integral role in a fraud that diverted more than half a million pounds from a world-leading cancer hospital has been jailed for four years.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2014

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Government launches inquiry over 100 suspicious deaths at a Hampshire hospital – The Independent

Posted July 10th, 2014 in elderly, hospitals, inquiries, medicines, news, reports by sally

‘A Hillsborough-style inquiry to investigate up to 100 suspicious deaths at a Hampshire hospital during the 1990s is set to be announced by the Government today [9 July].’

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The Independent, 9th July 2014

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Glucosamine: is it a medicine or not a medicine? Blue Bio v Secretary of State for Health – Technology Law Update

Posted June 20th, 2014 in EC law, food, medicines, news by tracey

‘Medicines are tightly regulated – for good reason. But what about those products occupying the grey area around obviously medicinal products: food supplements, sports nutrition, herbal and homeopathic remedies, for example? When should these borderline products receive the same scrutiny and control?.’

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Technology Law Update, 20th June 2014

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Thalidomide drug victims launch legal action – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2014 in birth, compensation, medicines, news, personal injuries, victims by sally

‘Thalidomide victims have launched legal action against the drug’s manufacturer and distributor 50 years after it was prescribed to their mothers.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2014

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Judges criticise police over ‘bizarre’ penis ID request – Daily Telegraph

‘Sex attacker Kelvyn Lester, 47, declined to take medication for erectile dysfunction so officers could photograph his penis for an identification procedure.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2014

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Bone marrow disorder appeal fails – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 2nd, 2014 in appeals, consent, duty of care, medical treatment, medicines, news, standards by sally

‘This was an appeal against the finding by HHJ Robinson, sitting as a High Court Judge, that there was no duty of care owed to the appellant in respect of his rare genetic disorder ([2013] EWHC 469 (QB), [2013] Med. L.R. 191). See my previous post for the factual and medical background of the claim. Briefly, the appellant suffered from a rare genetic version of the platelet insufficiency disorder, aplastic anemia (AA), the disorder in question being known as Dyskeratosis Congenita (“DC”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st April 2014

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How not to get a pre-inquest review wrong – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 28th, 2014 in coroners, expert witnesses, inquests, medicines, news by sally

‘This is the sad tale of a young woman aged 31 dying in mysterious circumstances where the inquest went off entirely on the wrong footing. Joanne Foreman was not a diabetic but lived with a young boy who was. It was suspected that on the night before she died she had drunk heavily and then injected herself with insulin. The inquest proceeded on this basis. Nobody told the expert that the paramedics had taken a blood glucose from Joanne, which was entirely normal. Once this was known, it was obvious that the court would quash the findings at inquest and order a new inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2014

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SPCs – unhealthy combinations of new cases – Technology Law Update

Posted February 27th, 2014 in intellectual property, medicines, news, patents by sally

‘The Supplementary Protection Certificate. A marvellous little device for giving back to a patent owner the lost years during which it has been obtaining regulatory approval for its products in those heavily regulated areas: pharmaceuticals and plant protection products. You simply extend the patent by the number of years that the product has spent caught up in the approval process, and there you are. A gain of up to five valuable years on the end of your patent in the prime of the product’s life.’

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Technology Law Update, 26th February 2014

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Tranquilliser ketamine will be upgraded to Class B – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2014 in drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news by sally

‘Ketamine, the horse tranquiliser that has become a popular party drug, is to be upgraded from a class C to a class B banned substance by the Government in an attempt to deter its increasing use.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2014

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Cancer patient Peter Redfern: Wife and daughter killer jailed – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2014 in homicide, medicines, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A cancer patient has been jailed for life for killing his wife and daughter after suffering an adverse psychiatric reaction to his chemotherapy drugs.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2014

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Actavis Group PTC EHF and another v Sanofi (Sanofi Pharma Bristol-Myers Squibb SNC intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted December 16th, 2013 in EC law, law reports, medicines, patents by sally

Actavis Group PTC EHF and another v Sanofi (Sanofi Pharma Bristol-Myers Squibb SNC intervening) (Case C-443/12); [2013] WLR (D) 491

‘Where, on the basis of a patent protecting an innovative active ingredient and a marketing authorisation for a medicinal product containing that ingredient as the single active ingredient, the holder of that patent had already obtained a supplementary protection certificate (“SPC”) for that active ingredient entitling him to oppose the use of that active ingredient, either alone or in combination with other active ingredients, article 3(c) of Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 precluded that patent holder from obtaining—on the basis of that same patent but a subsequent marketing authorisation (“MA”) for a different medicinal product containing that active ingredient in conjunction with another active ingredient which was not protected as such by the patent— a second supplementary protection certificate relating to that combination of active ingredients.’

WLR Daily, 12th December 2013

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