Tag Archives: Bernie Sanders

GOP Sen. Alexander’s plucky, bipartisan bill to fix Obamacare headed to Senate vote this week; does this dark horse have a chance in such a crowded field?

The News: The month of September has been blitzed with healthcare bills. Last week alone, Democrat and Republican senators introduced both a single-payer plan and an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement… Read more »

PTC Therapeutics catches falling knife with Emflaza buy; or did it?

Every now and again I’ll read about what seems on its face a boneheaded business deal between two Pharma companies and try to blow the lid off some super-stealthy, strategic,… Read more »

Marathon’s defense of pricey orphan drug getting spotlight in Congress; running a marathon is far easier, and a lot cheaper

Steve’s Take: Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC (Northbrook IL) caught my attention last month at the inception of an outcry when the company first announced the $89,000 price tag for its newly… Read more »

Trump and pharma execs make nice; what, Sen. Sanders too?

The News: Last week (January 30, 2017), President Trump promised some of the nation’s top drug-company executives in a meeting at the White House that he would shrink Food and… Read more »

Trump’s HHS cabinet pick eludes Congress’s Q&A about Trumpcare specifics; questionable stock investments obscure his suitability to run the US health show

The News: Georgia Rep. Tom Price, President Trump’s choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on Tuesday rejected conflict of interest and abuse of power accusations related to… Read more »

Japan’s Takeda leads off 2017 M&A season with gutsy deal to buy US cancer specialist Ariad for $5.2 billion; it’s expensive, but probably worth it

Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. agreed to acquire Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cambridge MA) for $24 per share in cash, or an enterprise value of approximately $5.2 billion, boosting its oncology… Read more »

Feds charge Heritage execs with price fixing; DOJ ringing out 2016 on a roll against Pharma offenses

The former chief executive and former president of generic drug company Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Eatontown, NJ) have been charged with conspiring to fix prices, the first charges in a continuing… Read more »

US Senate joins House to pass sweeping new health bill; could be the last bi-partisan act of Congress for quite a while

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday (December 7, 2016) to support sweeping legislation that will reshape the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines. It will also… Read more »

Novo Nordisk to cap price increases as drug costs face more scrutiny; do two drugmakers equal a trend?

With drug companies under fire over prices, the world’s largest insulin maker plans to limit increases and join competitors by introducing a model that ties the cost of medicines to… Read more »

Pharma stocks dive on price-fixing probes; better days for healthcare sector uncertain no matter who’s in the White House

The generic drug industry was jolted last week as shares of many major companies tumbled after a news report said that a federal inquiry into drug price-fixing was wider than… Read more »