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 »

Glaxo Accelerates Regulatory Plan for Triple Combo Treatment for COPD

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) moved to consolidate its lead in a new class of three-in-one inhaled lung drugs on Thursday with plans to file its product for U.S. approval by the… Read more »

Scientists Disclose Proposal to Construct Human Genome from Scratch

Scientists on Thursday formally announced the start of a 10-year project aimed at vastly improving the ability to chemically manufacture DNA, with one of the goals being to synthetically create… Read more »

Premature, Low Birth Weight Babies Have Negative Conditions into Early Adulthood

By early adulthood, adults who were born prematurely at low birth weights are less likely to be employed and to have children, and more likely to have lower incomes, be… Read more »