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State wins drug-pricing lawsuit against Sandoz

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says the state has been awarded $38.2 million in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit. Hood says a judge found that a pharmaceutical company, Sandoz Inc., inflated the average wholesale prices for its generic drugs. In a news release yesterday, Hood says the inflated number caused Mississippi Medicaid to lose money by paying pharmacies too ...

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PEER recommends changes to UMMC purchasing policies

JACKSON — The Peer Committee has released a Report 552, “An Analysis of Selected Procurement Decisions of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.” According to PEER, in 2009 and 2010 complaints arose about UMMC’s procurement of building automatic controls systems. The complainants believed that because the medical center was a member of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)/Novation2 group purchasing organization ...

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Judge allows healthcare reform lawsuit to go forward

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge will allow a lawsuit filed in Mississippi challenging part of the Obama administration’s healthcare law to continue. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a ruling issued Aug. 29, denied the Obama administration’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Starrett dismissed some claims by the plaintiffs but refused to dismiss the medical privacy claim. The lawsuit — ...

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Singing River offering new service to international travelers

PASCAGOULA — International travelers from the Mississippi Gulf Coast can now find all of the medical information and services they need at Singing River Health System (SRHS) MedWorks, which has begun offering pre-travel consultations and immunizations. With two international airports and two international commercial ports located less than 50 miles from Jackson County, Dr. Tom Pessoney, medical director of the ...

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Two more West Nile virus cases identified

FORREST COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY — Two newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 18. The state Health Department announced the latest case yesterday. The department said the new cases were from Forrest and Rankin counties. There has been one West Nile virus death in the state this year, a Jones County ...

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Health Department awards CONs to five projects

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued five certificates of need (CONs) for projects scattered across the state. Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko has received CON authority for the cost overrun to CON #R-0812 (expansion/renovation of hospital). The proposed expenditure was changed due to additional costs from excavating an existing landfill and filling with ...

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UMMC to begin liver transplants next year

JACKSON — With the addition of a new transplant surgeon, the University of Mississippi Medical Center will begin offering liver transplants next year. Dr. Chris Anderson, who specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplants, has joined UMMC and will see patients through University of Mississippi Health Care. Anderson, a Lucedale native who previously worked at Washington University in ...

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Hybrid Plastics technology used in pioneering procedure

HATTIESBURG — Medical history was made in recently with the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, according to Hattiesburg-based Hybrid Plastics. A terminally ill cancer patient received a new lease on life with the transplant of a synthetic trachea made from a POSS nanocomposite polymer. The composite made from POSS and PCU (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane & Poly (carbonate- urea) Urethane) had ...

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DuPree makes history, wins Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor

He is the first black candidate to win a major-party nod for the state’s top job JACKSON — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, becoming the first black candidate to win major-party nod for the state’s top job. DuPree defeated Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff. He advances to ...

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