Tag Archives: Bloomberg

Universal health care: a “right” or “privilege.” Wrong question, or already settled?

Steve’s Take: Bloomberg’s Ramesh Ponnuru poses the question: “Is there a ‘right’ to healthcare? Our arguments about health policy frequently highlight the question.” He goes on to say that “as… Read more »

Amgen’s osteoporosis med almost a home run in latest trial; fate now murky on heart safety

The News: Amgen Inc. (Thousand Oaks CA) and UCB SA (Brussels) no longer expect their experimental osteoporosis drug to win US approval this year after a higher rate of serious… Read more »

Surprise! GOP health bill never left the House

The News: The US House of Representatives will send its healthcare overhaul plan passed earlier this month to the Senate in a couple of weeks after it receives a final… Read more »

Merck’s Keytruda gets chemo-combo approval for lung cancer; science, stars align for multi-billion medicine

The News: Merck & Co. announced Wednesday (May 10, 2017) that the FDA awarded accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with Eli Lilly & Co.’s chemotherapy regimen Alimta (pemetrexed)… Read more »

Pfizer’s mixed 1Q results spur M&A hopes; is Bristol-Myers a “done deal”?

The News: Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday (May 2, 2017) that first-quarter sales declined 2% year-over-year to $12.8 billion, missing analyst estimates of $13.1 billion, with the company highlighting one less… Read more »

GOP healthcare bill heads to Senate where fate far from certain

The News: The US House of Representatives on Thursday (May 4, 2017) voted 217 to 213 in favor of proposed legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into… Read more »

NIH proves immune to Trump’s budget scalpel

The News: Lawmakers expanded instead of slashed the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its bipartisan deal to fund the government earlier this week, essentially snubbing the… Read more »

Zombie Trumpcare doesn’t make it to Congress again despite Republican insistence it outshines first train wreck

After an embarrassing failure in March, with President Donald Trump pushing fellow Republicans in the US Congress to try again to replace his predecessor’s healthcare reform, US House leaders decided… Read more »

Anthem defies Wall Street, rivals, with stellar 1Q results pegged to Obamacare business

The News: Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN), which has 1.1 million customers in individual Obamacare plans, said it was moving ahead with its 2018 insurance filings but had told state regulators… Read more »

Cardinal Health does face plant on skanky earnings guidance; even deal for some Medtronic assets raises concerns

The News: Cardinal Health Inc. (Dublin OH) struck a deal to buy part of Medtronic PLC’s (Dublin IRL) patient monitoring and recovery unit for $6.1 billion, bringing businesses under Cardinal’s roof… Read more »