Author Archives: Steve Walker

CDC Reports at Least Six U.S. Babies with Zika-Related Birth Defects

Three women in the U.S. mainland infected with the Zika virus have delivered infants with birth defects and three others have lost or terminated pregnancies because their fetuses suffered brain damage from… Read more »

Specialty Medical Providers Envision, AmSurg to Merge

  Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Greenwood Village CO) and AmSurg Corp. (Nashville TN) agreed to merge, in a deal that will create a company providing a range of hospital-related services worth some $10 billion. The… Read more »

Study Shows Average Obamacare Premiums Will Rise at Twice the 2016 Rate

Premiums for the most popular type of insurance plans sold through Obamacare’s marketplaces will rise faster in 2017 than in recent years, according to a study released Wednesday. Consumer payments for… Read more »

Senate GOP Caves on Effort to Defund ObamaCare

Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach came… Read more »

U.S. Congress Heading Toward Conference on $1.1-Billion Zika Measure

The Senate agreed by voice vote Wednesday night to join the House in formal negotiations over a Zika virus response package, the latest incremental step toward clearing a bill for… Read more »

First False Claims Act Settlement Turns on Cancer-Drug Survival Data

In the first False Claims Act settlement that turns on cancer-drug survival data, Roche Holding AG’s (Basel CHE) Genentech unit and OSI Pharmaceuticals LLC (Farmingdale NY) agreed to pay $67… Read more »

“Gene Drive” Technology Endorsed by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine last week endorsed research on a technology known as “gene drive,” which gives humans the power for the first time to alter… Read more »

Fentanyl Responsible for an Epidemic of Overdose Deaths Around the United States

Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that a medical examiner identified as the drug that killed the superstar Prince six weeks ago, has been responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths around… Read more »