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US Surgeon General sounds alarm on e-cigarettes, teens; but report shows gross misunderstanding of entire subject

The U.S. surgeon general in a report released on Thursday (December 8, 2016) called for action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people, noting they have overtaken cigarettes… Read more »

Trump picks healthcare “dream team;” or is it something else?

President-elect Donald Trump has assembled his healthcare “dream team.” Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a longtime critic of the Affordable Care Act but champion of health IT legislation that reduces the burden on physicians,… Read more »

Antitrust Trial for Anthem, Cigna Begins; what to expect with Republicans in charge

Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN), Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) and the U.S. government on Monday (November 21, 2016) offered a federal judge very different views of the impact their proposed $48… Read more »

Trump win sends pharma stocks up, while hospitals plunge; fate of Obamacare far from clear

Pharmaceutical stocks and bonds were among the day’s biggest winners Wednesday (November 9, 2016) as the sweeping Republican victory in US elections eased concern that price controls might be imposed… Read more »

Needing cash, Valeant in talks to sell stomach-drug unit in $10 billion deal; hedge-fund icon Bill Ackman finally has a good day

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Laval Quebec) is in advanced talks to sell a big stomach-drug business to Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for about $10 billion, a move seen easing pressure on Valeant over its… Read more »

Aetna tops Wall Street’s 3Q expectations; So just how bad is it out there?

Aetna Inc.’s (Hartford CT) third-quarter earnings rose nearly 8% to top Wall Street forecasts, as growing government business and cost cutting countered higher costs from the health insurer’s Affordable Care… Read more »

Millions choose to pay Obamacare fines rather than enroll; Simple solution–higher fines or…

The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people–even the young and invincible–to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty… Read more »

Ariad Pharma’s Slide Continues as Bernie Sanders Seeks Data on Leukemia Drug; Recent Drug Price Hikes Put Company on Familiar Hot Seat

Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cambridge MA) continued to plummet Thursday (October 20, 2016) after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the company, demanding more information about… Read more »

CDC Warns of Infection Risk after Open Heart Surgery; When to Worry

A federal investigation has concluded that a device used during open-heart (open-chest) surgery that infected at least 12 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital last year was probably contaminated at the plant in… Read more »