The World Health Organization has called the coronavirus “deeply concerning” and will meet again today to decide if the virus should be considered a global emergency. The number of deaths has surpassed 130. (Reuters)

The U.S. has evacuated more than 200 Americans from China’s virus zone. They will remain in a military base in Southern California for three days to be evaluated. None of the passengers showed any symptoms when leaving Wuhan. (AP News)

Health records company Practice Fusion was paid by an unnamed opioid maker to increase addictive painkiller prescriptions. The company developed a tool for doctors, paid for by the opioid maker, that created a treatment plan for patients after physicians answered questions about their pain levels. Practice Fusion will pay $145 million to settle the court cases. (Bloomberg)

Novartis has reported 9% growth in its 2019 net sales and an 8% net sales increase in Q4. The drugmaker reported that sales of Cosentyx, a plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis treatment, and Entresto, a heart failure drug, drove sales. (MM&M)

MM&M’s 2020 Agency 100 questionnaire is now live. To be considered for inclusion as one of MM&M’s Agency 100, you must complete and return the questionnaire by Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (MM&M)