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Biopharma layoffs have been higher over the past couple of years than during the industry’s boom times amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and job cuts this year have mainly hit larger pharmaceutical companies to a greater degree than in the past, according to STAT. About 67% of life science employees laid off during the first half of 2024 were at biopharma companies with more than $1 billion in annual sales. This is a sharp jump from 2021 to 2023, when larger companies accounted for 47% of layoffs. Meanwhile, the number of biotech job postings fell from 21,366 to 12,300 between the first five months of 2021 and the same period this year.

Purdue Pharma secured a two-month window to negotiate a new settlement with members of the Sackler family, Bloomberg News notes. The OyxContin maker and its owners are bracing for a potential wave of civil opioid lawsuits after the U.S. Supreme Court scuttled an earlier $6 billion deal. Bankruptcy Court Judge Sean Lane said during a Tuesday court hearing in New York that he would extend for 60 days an injunction that, for years, has paused opioid litigation against the billionaire family while Purdue, government authorities, and victims lawyers attempted to effectuate the earlier settlement.

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