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Ex-bank teller pleads guilty to embezzling for drugs

BILOXI — A Biloxi woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $80,980 from a bank’s vault while she was employed as a vault teller. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis said in a news release that 29-year-old Ashley Ann Keel entered her plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. She will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ...

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Report: State ranks near top in U.S. in antibiotic use

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Research revealed during “Get Smart Week” shows that California joined Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as the five states with the lowest antibiotic use in the nation in 2010. “Get Smart Week” is a national partnership launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics. The five states with ...

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Pharmaceutical companies to be acquired for $101M

MADISON — Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Texas, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cypress Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately owned generic pharmaceutical company, and Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Hawthorn”), a privately owned branded pharmaceutical company, both based in Madison. Under the terms of the agreement, Pernix will pay approximately $101 million, which includes an ...

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Pharmacy school gets $10M biomedical research grant

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi and its School of Pharmacy have received a five-year, $10-million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, grant from the National Institutes of Health. COBRE is one of the main components for NIH’s Institutional Development Award program, which is designed to broaden funding for biomedical and behavioral research. The grant is for the second ...

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Doctor gets 13 months in prison for dealing narcotics

COLUMBUS — A doctor has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison on three counts of distributing narcotics. Dr. Mark Burtman of Columbus was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Burtman was charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to the three counts on June 28. In addition to the prison time, he must pay more than ...

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