Tag Archives: Forbes

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 »

Innovio’s DNA-based Zika vaccine is safe and effective at inducing immune response; where has this breakthrough vaccine technique been hiding?

The News: A DNA-based Zika vaccine from Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Plymouth Meeting PA) and South Korea’s GeneOne Life Science Inc. induced anti-Zika immune responses in an early stage human trial,… Read more »

Humdrum, stodgy Pfizer suddenly turns heads with partial drug-pipeline spinoff; old dog apparently can learn new tricks.

The News: Pfizer Inc. (NYC) on Monday (September 25, 2017) announced that it is spinning off a new company, SpringWorks Therapeutics LLC, to develop several drugs for rare diseases that… Read more »

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 »