Friday, December 18, 2015

ePharma News: Martin Shkrelli arrested | A Dating App has leaked info on its HIV-positive users

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The House of Representatives has voted to ban the use of microbeads, the small parts that are used in a lot of personal care products as exfoliators. The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 bill prohibits manufacture or the introduction of a rinse-off cosmetic that contains intentionally-added plastic microbeads that are less than five millimeters in size and is intended to be used as exfoliators or cleansers in cosmetic products. Plastic microbeads were found to be hazardous to the environment causing pollution and putting in danger marine life. The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 bill will take effect in 2018.

Another data breach involving personal medical information has affected the users of HZone, a dating app for HIV - positive people. According to Mirror, HZone has accidentally revealed sensitive information on almost 5000 of its users. The more concerning factor is that the information stored with the app is not limited with emails and addresses of the users but also has their HIV-positive status, which for most users is absolutely crucial to keep a secret about. HZone app that states to be number one HIV Dating App for HIV singles, has a similar approach to another popular dating app called Tinder, where the matching opportunities are based on the location of the users. It was reported that the security measures were put in place.

It was announced that Martin Shkrelli, a pharmaceutical executive who became notorious for buying the exclusive rights for the drug Pyrimethamine (trade name Daraprim) and increasing its price from $13.5 to $750 per pill, was arrested in New York on fraud charges. According to Bloomberg Business Martin Shkrelli has orchestrated an investment scheme and misappropriated the assets of his company Retrophin.

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About the author: Ksenia Newton, a Digital Marketing Assistant at IIR USA, Pharma Division, who works on various aspects of the industry including social media, marketing analysis and media. She can be reached at or on Twitter at @Ksenia_Newton
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