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Study Says Gene Test Spots Cancer Patients Who Could Avoid Chemo






For patients facing a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer, the traditional course of treatment is typically surgery, followed by an often difficult course of chemotherapy to try to make… Read more »

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Mylan to Reduce Cost of EpiPen as Pressure Mounts; Not All Patients to Benefit






Mylan NV (Amsterdam) on Thursday took some steps to alleviate patients’ cost burden for its $600 EpiPen emergency allergy shots following pressure from politicians including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who… Read more »

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Drugmakers’ Pricing Power Helped by Exclusivity Rights: JAMA






The U.S., which spends more on drugs than any other country, might contain costs by limiting market exclusivity for brand-name medicines and changing coverage requirements for government health plans, some… Read more »

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Pfizer Wins Bidding War for Medivation; But Why Bother?






Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. (New York City) is paying $14 billion to buy Medivation Inc. (San Francisco), a biotech company that sells a high-priced prostate cancer medication discovered by UCLA, according to the… Read more »

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New Group of Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach






Health officials are investigating a cluster of possible Zika cases in Miami Beach, suggesting that transmission of the virus by mosquitoes is more widespread in one of the nation’s more… Read more »

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China Facing Rising Epidemic of Heart Disease, Stroke: Why America Cares






A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan… Read more »

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Cost of New Cholesterol Drugs Unsustainable Says JAMA Study; Ensuing Debate Rages






A new study from the University of California, San Francisco, using computer models of cardiovascular disease in American adults concludes that the price of a promising new class of cholesterol-lowering… Read more »

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Aetna Latest Insurer Pulling Back on Obamacare Plans






Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) said it will reduce by more than 500 U.S. counties its participation in public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in the face of hundreds of millions of… Read more »

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DEA Ignores the Evidence; Keeps Marijuana on Parity with Heroin






In a long-awaited announcement, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. The decision, reported by Reuters,… Read more »

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Glaxo, Google Parent Create $715 Million Bioelectronic Medicines Venture






GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) and Google parent Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View CA) have teamed up to develop what they call bioelectronic medicines, or treatments that use miniature implanted electronic devices to modify how electrical impulses are… Read more »