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Physician blames attorneys for fraud conviction

JACKSON — A Jackson physician convicted in a $6.9-million healthcare fraud case is alleging her former attorney’s own legal problems may have kept him from providing effective representation during her April trial. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas is awaiting sentencing in federal court. The Clarion-Ledger reports she has fired her trial attorneys, Tom Freeland IV and his wife Joyce Freeland of ...

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Cypress Pharmaceutical rolls out new generic drug

MADISON — Cypress Pharmaceutical Inc. has commercially launched Epinastine HCl Ophthalmic Solution, 0.05%, which is AT-rated to Allergan’s ELESTAT (epinastine HCl ophthalmic solution) 0.05%. As the first company to file an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) containing a paragraph IV certification for this product, Cypress has been awarded a 180-day period of marketing exclusivity. Cypress, founded in 1993, is a ...

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OSHA emphasizing 'needlestick' program in Southeast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is emphasizing a program focused on reducing the number of needlestick and sharps injuries in Mississippi at ambulatory surgical care centers, freestanding emergency care clinics and primary care medical clinics that provide acute, chronic and emergency care on an as-needed or walk-in basis.
 “Needlestick and other sharps-related ...

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HMA acquiring controlling interest in Tri-Lakes

BATESVILLE — A subsidiary of Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates Inc. has executed a definitive agreement to partner with the current physician-owners of the 132-bed Tri-Lakes Medical Center located in Batesville Under the joint venture, Health Management will acquire a controlling interest in Tri-Lakes and manage its operations. The cost of the transaction was not disclosed. It is expected to ...

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Garden soon to be 'greenest' on Ole Miss campus

OXFORD — The Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden at the University of Mississippi will soon be the “greenest” facility on campus. Operated by the School of Pharmacy for more than 40 years, the garden is being relocated from the Coy Waller Laboratory Complex on Hathorn Road to a new site on Intramural Road. When complete, the new six-acre site ...

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MC to offer state's first physician assistant program

CLINTON — Mississippi College plans to add a physician assistant (PA) program beginning in May, representing the first PA training program in Mississippi, according to the private, Baptist-affiliated college. The college will learn this month if the program is accredited. Classes are set to begin May 25. Applications for MC’s PA program are being accepted for the first class of ...

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Cochran co-sponsors bill backing rural practices

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has affirmed his support for legislation to encourage more veterinarians to practice in rural areas by exempting a loan repayment program from federal taxes. Cochran is co-sponsoring the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (S.3621), bipartisan legislation that would give tax-exempt status to the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) and similar state ...

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Hawthorn executes deal with university

MADISON — Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals Inc. has struck a global licensing deal with the University of Pittsburgh covering a series of novel monoclonal antibodies for cancer. Under the terms of the agreement, Madison-based Hawthorn will receive an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize the antibody portfolio. “We are excited to be working with the world=-class cancer scientists at University of ...

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Seasonal flu shots now available

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seasonal flu shots are now available at all Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) county clinics. The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for anyone age six months and older. “This year it is important for everyone to get both the seasonal and swine flu vaccines,” said MSDH state epidemiologist Dr. Mary Currier. “Seasonal flu usually peaks in ...

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