August 12, 2015 |
Drug pricing is the biggest commercial issue in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, and Endo International CEO Rajiv De Silva said Monday that his company sees a mixed bag of opportunities to raise prices. In a conference call with stock market analysts, De Silva said that Endo has about 700 generic products, and that the company had been able to raise prices on some more complicated specialty generic drugs, such as those requiring injections, and on older products for which competitors have dropped out. Drug-company critics - including patients, doctor groups, and congressional leaders - generally question price increases, but stockholders benefit from revenue increases, and Wall Street analysis is based on that.
August 1, 2015 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a 2011 law that suspended retirees' cost-of-living adjustments as part of an overhaul of the pension system for public workers. That same law was recently scrutinized in a high-profile case, in which the court struck down a provision granting public workers a contractual right to pension funding. Public-sector unions had argued that Gov. Christie violated workers' constitutional rights by underfunding the pension system last fiscal year.
July 29, 2015 |
It seems a sure bet that DeMarco Murray, if healthy, will thrive in the Eagles offense. How could a 27-year-old running back who rushed for a league-high 1,845 yards with a north-to-south running style ostensibly suited to Chip Kelly's schemes be anything but successful? There is, of course, the if healthy qualifier that is compounded by Murray's complex injury history and a workload last season that could be labeled as excessive. And there is his inexperience with the zone read plays that are the centerpiece of the Eagles' offense.
July 20, 2015 |
Samantha Phillips shepherded the city through hurricanes, terror threats, and the deadly Amtrak derailment in May. Recently she faced a slightly smaller challenge: persuading the Secret Service to allow water bottles during Pope Francis' appearances on the Parkway. Phillips, the city's director of emergency management, envisioned a crowd of 1.5 million people side by side on an 80-degree September afternoon. There would be elderly visitors, children, and families standing for hours.
July 19, 2015 |
After denying a motion to have high-powered defense attorney Jack McMahon removed from the case, a judge on Friday told state prosecutors that he had doubts about whether evidence was sufficient to support a $20 million fraud case against the Risoldi family, the politically connected Bucks County clan accused of defrauding insurers. In particular, said Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin, he was unsure whether prosecutors could credibly charge all four family members and a coconspirator with being part of a corrupt organization, the most serious allegation in the case.
July 17, 2015 |
SOONER or later, someone was going to make fun of the incredible hulking obesity of the "Avengers" franchise, so Marvel was smart to keep the jokes in-house. Its nimble, amusing new "Ant-Man" has fun deflating the run-on visual giganticism of other recent comic-book adaptations - here, the title character shrinks to the size of an insect. Smaller than a minion, less powerful than a Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive, unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound . . . He's played by Paul Rudd, well-suited to the role in his capacity as cinema's most engagingly self-effacing comedian.
July 15, 2015
ISSUE | GAY MARRIAGE A challenge that doctrine alone cannot meet The fourth of our six children - son Bob - was a happy kid, had a normal childhood, enlisted in the Air Force, and married twice ("How will church react?" July 9). Both marriages ended in divorce. After telling us he was gay, he returned home and soon thereafter took his life. He never could grasp why anyone thought he chose to be gay. Regarding the gay-marriage court decision, the more serious threats to my church's viability come from within; for example, the noticeable absence of younger people attending church.
July 13, 2015 |
WHEN TWO convicted killers escaped from a New York prison last month, prompting a panicked, multistate manhunt, they had contraband-crammed hamburger to thank for their freedom: Inside the meat, a prison tailor hid hacksaw blades and a chisel, which the felons used to cut through prison walls and pipes. Here in Philly, contraband abounds in city prisons - guards seized more than 5,000 forbidden items, averaging about 10 a day - from inmates last year and through May of this year.
July 6, 2015 |
The union representing Philadelphia police officers has challenged Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's new policy making public the names of officers in police-involved shootings. Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police filed an unfair labor practice complaint Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, just hours after Ramsey announced his intention to release an officer's name within 72 hours of a police-involved shooting unless there is a threat against the officer or family.