Tag Archives: Forbes

McConnell changes tune on healthcare bill, hints at need for Dems’ input; share the pain maneuver?

The News: Some political policy wonks believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan if the Republican-only bill fails. While his… Read more »

Biogen spinoff Bioverativ buys Bristol-Myers’ iPierian spinout True North for $825 million; deal shows how to get several bites at the same assets

The News: Bioverativ Inc. (Waltham MA) announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire True North Therapeutics Inc. (South San Francisco) for up to $825 million, including an… Read more »

CBO clears GOP health bill for Senate; only 23 million to lose coverage this version

The News: A bill to disassemble the Affordable Care Act that passed the House by a razor-thin margin earlier this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under… Read more »

Puma doubles on FDA panel’s nod for breast-cancer drug; but Swiss giant’s challenger lurks

The News: Puma Biotechnology Inc.’s (Los Angeles) experimental breast cancer drug reduces the risk of disease recurrence and should be approved, an advisory committee to the US Food and Drug… 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 »

Molina Healthcare sacks founder’s sons; but don’t bet on a takeout

The News: Molina Healthcare Inc. (Long Beach CA) has fired its two top executives, sons of the medium-sized health insurer’s founder, in a surprise shakeup prompted by its poor financial… 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 »

Wall Street cheers as Axovant snags biotech star David Hung; failed Alzheimer’s drug not impressed

The News: Axovant Sciences Ltd. (Hamilton Bermuda) announced that former Medivation Inc. (San Francisco) chief executive and founder David Hung has been selected as its next CEO effective April 7, 2017 sending… Read more »

Reasons why Valeant/Ackman divorce better than staying in a bad marriage

Steve’s Take: [“Life is far too short to spend it immersed in an unhealthy relationship.”—Jeffrey M. Cohen, Esq., professional mediator.] This week (March 13, 2017), billionaire Bill Ackman exited one… Read more »