Pharma types 'nervous' about Sharfstein; MD budget cuts threaten biotech tax credit;

> North Shore Medical Center in Miami and Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL are set to merge on June 1 of this year in order to cut costs, Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced recently. North Shore will keep its name, while Florida Medical Center will be known as North Shore Medical Center-FMC Campus. The two facilities combine for 816 staffed beds. Article

> For months we've been speculating and wondering about President Obama's FDA picks. Now that we know who they are--Margaret Hamburg as commish, Joshua Sharfstein (photo) as chief deputy--what's the word? Well, within the pharma industry, the word is "worried." FiercePharma

> A $6 million biotech tax credit could be cut as Maryland legislators attempt to reduce the state's budget, much to MdBio's displeasure. The popular program gives investors in the state's biotech companies a 50 percent credit against state income taxes. FierceBiotech

> In the wake of actress Natasha Richardson's death, some experts are saying that skiers and snowboarders can "dramatically" reduce the risk of brain injury by wearing a helmet. Article

And Finally... Who says places aren't hiring in this recession? Article