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AstraZeneca, Targacept drug fails depression test

LONDON (Reuters) – An experimental antidepressant fromAstraZeneca Plc and Targacept Inc failed to meet the goal of changing a key depression rating score in the first of a series ofpivotal clinical trials, in a setback for both firms. The result, announced by the companies on Tuesday, relates to the so-called Renaissance 3 Phase III study into TC-5214,…

Judge blocks graphic warnings on cigarettes

WASHINGTON — A US judge on Monday blocked the government’s attempt to place graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, saying big tobacco was likely to succeed in arguing it was a violation of free speech. The full-color warning labels, including diseased lungs and a cancerous mouth lesion, would serve as…

Tobacco firms sue US over graphic cigarette labels

Four tobacco companies filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over what they say are unconstitutional requirements for warning labels on US cigarette packaging. The third largest cigarette manufacturer in the United States, Lorillard, Inc., said they were “challenging nine new cigarette warnings as an unconstitutional…

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