New England proves a particularly healthy region; Drugmakers settle healthcare fraud claims‎ for $421M;

> Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut are considered the four healthiest states in the nation according to a report from America's Health Rankings, reports the Hartford Courant. Article

> A study published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association determines that while shootings at hospitals draw more media attention, hospital assaults are far more prevalent. Abstract

> Abbott Laboratories ($ABT), B. Braun Medical and Roxane Laboratories and their affiliates agreed to pay $421 million to settle False Claims Act allegations, the Department of Justice announced. These settlements resolve claims that the defendants reported false and inflated prices for their drugs knowing that federal healthcare programs relied on these figures to set payment rates. Read the full article at FiercePharma

And Finally... I doubt either of these people will be kissing anyone else for a while. Article

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