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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 17 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5279

Merck is subpoenaed by US justice department: The US Department of Justice has subpoenaed Merck & Co as part of a criminal investigation into the marketing practices of three of its prescription drugs. Merck has confirmed that the department has asked for information dating back to 2004 on its marketing activity for temozolomide (which it sells as Temodar) for the treatment of brain cancer and hepatitis C and the anticancer drugs peginterferon alfa-2b (Pegintron) and interferon alfa-2b (Intron A).

Only a quarter of GPs are ready for commissioning: A snapshot survey of 100 practising GPs across England by the pollster Ipsos MORI shows that only one in four think that their consortium will be …

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