Category Archives: Government

Theranos Pulls Zika Test from FDA Review after Problems Flagged; Anyone Else Hear a Death Knell?

Blood-testing firm Theranos Inc. (Palo Alto CA) said it voluntarily withdrew a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency clearance of its new Zika-virus blood test. Theranos… Read more »

CDC Says Funds to Fight Zika Nearly Exhausted; “Do-Nothing” Congress on Hot Seat after Recess

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is almost out of money to fight the Zika virus, the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said Tuesday–just hours before Florida announced three additional, locally… Read more »

Painted as the Latest Pharma Scoundrel, Mylan’s CEO Bresch Isn’t Buying It; She’s Got a Point, Maybe

Last week Mylan pharmaceuticals CEO Heather Bresch seemingly attained a status of villainy synonymous with Lance Armstrong and, more recently, Ryan Lochte, with news stories of its fourfold price increase… Read more »

Mylan to Reduce Cost of EpiPen as Pressure Mounts; Not All Patients to Benefit

Mylan NV (Amsterdam) on Thursday took some steps to alleviate patients’ cost burden for its $600 EpiPen emergency allergy shots following pressure from politicians including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who… Read more »

New Group of Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

Health officials are investigating a cluster of possible Zika cases in Miami Beach, suggesting that transmission of the virus by mosquitoes is more widespread in one of the nation’s more… Read more »

Aetna Latest Insurer Pulling Back on Obamacare Plans

Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) said it will reduce by more than 500 U.S. counties its participation in public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in the face of hundreds of millions of… Read more »

DEA Ignores the Evidence; Keeps Marijuana on Parity with Heroin

In a long-awaited announcement, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. The decision, reported by Reuters,… Read more »

HHS Can’t Wait for Congress; Shifts $81 Million from NIH for Zika Fight

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus in the absence of… Read more »

Valeant Plummets on Criminal Probe of Philidor Unit

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Laval Quebec) did an about-face and fell 11% on Thursday as new details about a criminal investigation into the drugmaker reignited investor concerns about the company’s… Read more »

How is the Affordable Care Act Doing, as UnitedHealth Heads for the Exits: Editorial

The Affordable Care Act’s detractors seemed to get a comforting piece of new evidence last April when UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN), the country’s largest health insurer, announced it would pull… Read more »