TX investigates pharma fees; CA foundation donates health data software to open-source project;

> In another whodunit case, the state of Texas is trying to determine if pharma companies paid researchers inappropriate, but legal, fees to get drugs on a list of preferred psychiatric medications for children. FiercePharma

> The California HealthCare Foundation has agreed to turn over key components from the software it developed for a $10 million health information exchange to an open source organization. FierceHealthIT

> Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has proposed giving all of the state's citizens access to a personal health record by 2011, beginning the rollout in 2009 with a PHR for each of the state's 50,000-odd employees. FierceHealthIT

> The FDA is upping the label ante on Byetta, the diabetes drug that Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals developed and market, following reports of deaths in patients taking the drug. FiercePharma

And Finally... It's rather creepy, but hey, who are we to question a guy's last wishes?  Article

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