Category Archives: Government

Study says defibrillator drones could save countless lives before ambulance eventually arrives. Seems obvious, but what happened to good-old CPR?

The News:  The speed of unmanned aerial systems, commonly called drones, could save lives, since for every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and CPR or defibrillation, the chance of… Read more »

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill in 51-49 Vote. Health coverage imperiled as Obamacare’s individual mandate traded for $338 billion in tax cuts.

The News: By a vote of 51-49, the Senate passed a tax overhaul bill early Saturday morning that included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, which… Read more »

Alarming Harvard study predicts over half of US children will be obese by age 35. Time to embrace the “Nanny State?”

The News: Nearly three in five children in the US today are destined to be obese when they reach their 35th birthday, according to a new projection that Reuters reports…. Read more »

GOP tax bill taking same path to collapse as health-reform efforts. Or is it?

The News: House Republicans last Thursday (November 16, 2017) passed legislation that would overhaul the U.S. tax code, a crucial step forward in their effort to enact the centerpiece of… Read more »

FDA warns against unproven medical claims for marijuana. “Prohibition” didn’t work, remember?

The News: Four companies selling dozens of various marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been officially warned by the US Food and Drug Administration to stop plugging their products as cures for… Read more »

Fancy this: Pharma gifts to docs still paying off–big time.

The News: Giving someone a box of donuts may seem like a harmless gesture, but for pharmaceutical companies it could boost sales. A new study of healthcare providers in the… Read more »

McConnell willing to hold Senate vote on bipartisan health deal if Trump endorses, but what are the odds of passage?

The News: Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said on Sunday (October 22, 2017) that he would be willing to bring a bipartisan proposal to stabilize health insurance… Read more »

Trump does end-run around Congress, scraps Obamacare insurer subsidies via executive order; what’s really happening?

The News: An alliance of US states joined ranks on Friday (October 13, 2017) to sue to block President Donald Trump’s move to dump a key component of Obamacare–subsidies to… Read more »

China’s FDA to accept foreign trial data for accelerated approvals; sounds great, but future enforcement of IP rights poses threat to US Pharma.

The News: For decades, patients in China have fought to gain access to cutting-edge medicines thanks to bureaucratic delays that have thwarted drug development. Now a sweeping government overhaul of… Read more »