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Health Highlights: March 25, 2013

Health Highlights: March 25, 2013


Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

'Next Generation' Condom Sought by Gates Foundation

Start-up funds of $100,000 are being offered to whoever can develop the "next-generation condom," the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says.

As well as being effective at reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the foundation said the condom also has to "preserve or enhance the pleasure so as to increase uptake and also promote its regular use," FoxNews.comreported.

"To overcome persistent health and development problems, we need new, game-changing ideas," Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Science at the Foundation, said in a news release.

Continued funding of up to $1 million will be provided for the new condom design that is selected by the foundation, FoxNews.comreported.


Brand-Name, Generic Drug Makers' Deals Case Goes to Supreme Court

The question of whether a brand-name drug company can pay a generic drug maker to keep a generic drug off the market is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case pits the federal government against brand-name and generic drug companies, who want to be able to arrange these types of deals. But antitrust regulations forbid it and the government's stance against such pacts was most recently upheld by a federal appeals court, The New York Timesreported.

However, at least three other federal appeals courts have previously said such agreements are legal when made under the settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit.

The Supreme Court will hear the case Monday and is expected to issue a ruling later this year. It's decision could have an effect on the wallets of nearly every American, The Timesreported.

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