UnitedHealthcare 2nd quarter sparkles; but time to figure out how Centene, Molina exploit Medicaid?






The News: UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s (Minnetonka MN) second-quarter earnings jumped 11% to beat analysts’ expectations even though the nation’s largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage… Read more »

GOP’s latest health bill looking more like a white flag on Obamacare repeal promise; McCain’s return won’t save McConnell’s maneuvers.






The News: Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a revised bill last Thursday to overhaul the US healthcare system, lawmakers undecided about the proposed changes to Medicaid gathered together… Read more »

McConnell changes tune on healthcare bill, hints at need for Dems’ input; share the pain maneuver?






The News: Some political policy wonks believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan if the Republican-only bill fails. While his… Read more »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.






The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »

IPO breakout starts summer off with a bang; but two new issues fizzle.






It was certainly an off week (June 26 to 30, 2017) to for healthcare stocks, with the Nasdaq Healthcare Index (IXHC) giving back 2% to 732.05 after hitting an all-time… Read more »

Rx Hall of Shame Update: Former Insys employee pleads guilty in US opioid drug probe; case against ex CEO Michael Babich, others, in pre-trial mode.






The News: A former employee of Insys Therapeutics Inc. (Chandler AZ) pleaded guilty last week to having conspired to defraud insurers into paying for an expensive fentanyl-based drug that is… Read more »

Public craves coverage of Shkreli’s trial for securities fraud; have we lost our senses entirely?






The News: Martin Shkreli is on trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, accused of eight counts of securities and wire fraud from his time running two hedge funds and… Read more »

Trump’s rejoinder to Senate GOP: repeal Obamacare now, replace it later; or just forget the whole thing.






The News: US President Donald Trump urged Republican senators on Friday (June 30, 2017) to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new healthcare plan to replace it,… Read more »

Moleculin Biotech soars on research deal for novel cancer med; Buy signals abound, but not for the risk-averse.






The News: Moleculin Biotech Inc. (Houston TX) is one of the biggest, and quietest, gainers on the Nasdaq earlier in the week, soaring $1.92, or 275% on the week, to… Read more »