Tag Archives: The New York Times

Rx Hall of Shame Update: Former Insys employee pleads guilty in US opioid drug probe; case against ex CEO Michael Babich, others, in pre-trial mode.

The News: A former employee of Insys Therapeutics Inc. (Chandler AZ) pleaded guilty last week to having conspired to defraud insurers into paying for an expensive fentanyl-based drug that is… Read more »

Public craves coverage of Shkreli’s trial for securities fraud; have we lost our senses entirely?

The News: Martin Shkreli is on trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, accused of eight counts of securities and wire fraud from his time running two hedge funds and… Read more »

Trump’s Exec Order on drug pricing proves he’s like the leopard; he can’t change his spots

A draft of President Donald Trump’s executive order on drug prices lists several proposals to lessen regulatory hurdles for the pharmaceutical industry, reports The New York Times. Here are four things… Read more »

Although more expensive, study says teaching hospitals save more lives. My personal take.

Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals–teaching and nonteaching–and an intense debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training grounds… Read more »

Merck’s Keytruda aces another cancer trial as results dazzle researchers

The News: Hot on the heels of the final presentation at ASCO’s 4-day conference in Chicago, a small, new study is causing jaws to drop after it found that a… 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 »

Senate health plan will either fine-tune Obamacare or set the clock back to 2008

Steve’s Take: Obamacare is a great, albeit imperfect, work-in-progress health program, destined to catch us up with the rest of the world where access to care is a right, not… Read more »

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA chief; former FDA tour, industry ties signal solid choice despite Dems’ jabs

The News: The US Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday (May 9, 2017) to confirm Scott Gottlieb, MD, as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Gottlieb, who was nominated by… Read more »

Message to GOP on Trumpcare resuscitation effort: it’s dead; get over it

The News: House Speaker Paul Ryan announced a Republican agreement Thursday (April 6, 2017) on legislative language that he said will bring the chamber closer to passing a bill to… Read more »

GOP can’t handle the truth: millions to lose coverage under Trumpcare

Steve’s Take: Remember President Trump’s pre- and post-election promise, no, it sounded more like a guarantee, of “insurance for everybody?” Then last week, the Trump-backed House bill, when finally unveiled… Read more »