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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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Doctor gets house arrest for medical kickback scheme

BATESVILLE — A Batesville doctor has been sentenced to home confinement for his role in a medical kickback scheme. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dr. Robert Corkern was sentenced to two years’ house confinement and three years’ post-release supervision. Corkern pleaded guilty to bribing a former Panola County administrator to use public funds as part of his earnest money ...

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Hospital to focus on replacing equipment, renovating

GREENVILLE — Delta Regional Medical Center plans to concentrate this year on a long-term replacement of equipment and renovation of its physical plant. “The plant is wearing out faster than we are putting money back in,” DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey told the Delta Democrat Times. For the 2010-11 fiscal year, the hospital’s property, plant and equipment was valued at ...

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New nursing endowment fund established to promote profession

JACKSON — The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ) has just established the Mississippi Nurses Foundation (MNF) Endowment Fund. The board and staff of MNF will use this fund to provide long-range support for this nonprofit foundation’s ongoing programs and services. The Mississippi Nurses Foundation’s mission is to raise, accept and disperse charitable donations to promote professional nursing and better ...

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Hospital, ambulance company respond to lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital and AAA Ambulance Service have denied any wrongdoing in response to a lawsuit contending they steered patients away from Wesley Medical Center. The Hattiesburg American reports the companies filed their response to the lawsuit this past week in federal court in Hattiesburg. Wesley sued AAA and Forrest General Hospital in April. Both hospitals are in ...

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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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Sentencing postponed for three convicted of chemotherapy fraud

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a doctor and two others convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. That has been pushed back until Dec. 7. Sachdeva founded the ...

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