Category Archives: Government

Vertex says it would be NICE if England upped its offer for new CF drugs. Meanwhile, short lesson on how US could quickly lower its pharma prices, too.

The News: Vertex Pharma CEO Jeffrey Leiden’s move earlier this month to pressure England’s prime minister Theresa May on drug prices seems to have set some wheels in motion. After… Read more »

Wondering why some of your Pharma shares keep going up? Thank Trump’s tax “reform;” no, really.

The News: The drug industry has taken heat from patient advocates and a US senator for handing out its tax savings to shareholders instead of using its windfall to help patients… Read more »

Update: Where does Brexit leave European pharma, now that the EU has excluded the UK from drug approvals?

A European decision to exclude Britain from the EU’s drug approval system from beginning 30, 2019–the day after Brexit–has raised alarm among drugmakers, who fear the abrupt change could disrupt… Read more »

Elizabeth Holmes’ partner in blood-fraud scheme largely anonymous. Theranos–the Movie–already in the works.

The News: Theranos, the humiliated, disintegrating, and allegedly fraud- packed blood-testing startup, is most often related to its founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes. But during the rise and fall of… Read more »

Who gets the best health care in America? You’re wrong; it’s prisoners. Times are a changing, as prison facilities morph into healthcare facilities.

The News: Jeffrey E. Keller, MD, FACEP, is a board-certified emergency physician with 25 years of experience before moving full time into his “true calling” of correctional medicine. In a… Read more »

Doctors reliance on pharmas increasing, while general public trusts supermarkets more. What’s wrong with this picture?

The News: When it comes to pharma partners, doctors prefer quality digital content, according to a new report. While that comes as no surprise and makes sense, new research shows… Read more »

First FDA-approved gene-therapy procedure for inherited blindness performed in US. Advance is fantastic news, but same quandary: Who can afford it?

The News: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard teaching hospital based in Boston, recently became the first institution to treat a patient’s inherited retinal disorder with gene therapy. The patient,… Read more »