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UPDATED: Janssen recalls 13,500 bottles of Xarelto because of contamination

Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit is recalling 13,500 bottles of its top-selling anticoagulant Xarelto because of microbial contamination.

BARDA calls on Novartis, GSK, Emergent to pitch in with Ebola drug

The U.S. government invested $440 million in three vaccine plants in the U.S. in 2012 with the proviso that if something like a pandemic occurred, it could call on them to produce drugs that it required. With Ebola spreading, those calls have now been made.

Mylan recalls blood pressure med, following recalls of generic by two other drugmakers

Another drugmaker is having to recall metoprolol succinate extended release tablets, a generic for AstraZeneca hypertension drug Toprol XL. This time it is Mylan and the recall is for nearly 16,000 bottles of the beta blocker.

FDA will start the new year with its Office of Quality in place

The Office of Pharmaceutical Quality will finally open Jan. 1, and the FDA's Janet Woodcock will serve as its first acting director.

FDA bans maker of suspect Chinese heparin

The FDA has taken steps against a Chinese heparin maker it says is using potentially tainted raw supplies and which refused to let inspectors get a good look at its plants or records so that it could find out for sure.

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To help show Americans just how important its flu vaccines are, Novartis has teamed up with entertainer Nick Cannon, who's advising consumers to prepare for flu season by getting their shots and stocking up on the Swiss pharma's over-the-counter remedy, Theraflu.

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GlaxoSmithKline's vaccines unit will be getting a new look come next year, when it's expected to absorb the bulk of Novartis' vaccines lineup it bought for $7.1 billion back in April. It'll have some new management, too, with Moncef Slaoui in the chairman's role. And judging from the pharma giant's Q3 results, some change for the unit could be a good thing.