Tag Archives: Reuters

After Trump’s charge of “getting away with murder,” J&J, other Pharmas scramble to tout price restraints; but who’s kidding whom?

Steve’s Take: I thought the pharma business, like any other, was built on the bedrock precept of: charge what the market will bear, until you’re forced to pull back the… Read more »

Humana bails Obamacare exchanges; signals beginning of the end of private insurer involvement

The News: Humana Inc. (Louisville KY) said it will leave the commercial individual insurance business effective in 2018, including coverage offered on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, after being unable to… Read more »

Teva’s CEO Vigodman history; sudden departure calls for fearless successor

The News: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Petach Tikva ISR) suddenly found itself without a permanent CEO on Tuesday (February 7, 2017) after Erez Vigodman stepped down, leaving new management to… Read more »

Novartis repeats possible spinoff for Alcon eyecare unit; the best laid plans gone awry?

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE), which spent several years and more than $50 billion acquiring the Alcon eye-care company, signaled it’s ready to give up on most of the… Read more »

Valeant divests assets worth $2.1 billion to ease debt load; finally a smart move, but too little, too late?

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Laval Quebec) is selling its Dendreon cancer treatment business and three skincare brands for $2.12 billion as the troubled Canadian drugmaker looks to reduce more than… Read more »

Democrats demand probe into stock trading of Trump’s HHS nominee; GOP’s righteous indignation misplaced, puzzling

Senate Democrats on Thursday (January 5, 2016) demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for US health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic… Read more »

20 States accuse Mylan, Teva, others of price fixing; what a banner week for the legal profession

Peggy_Marco / PixabayOne day after federal prosecutors unsealed a criminal indictment against the former CEO of Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Eatontown NJ), 20 state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit against… Read more »

Survey shows one in eight pilots admits suffering from depression; doesn’t this matter, or will Google come to the rescue?

Hundreds of commercial airline pilots worldwide may be flying with untreated depression because they fear being grounded or losing their jobs, a new survey suggests. The anonymous survey of about… Read more »

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 »