Category Archives: Government

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 »

Insys attempting “Phoenix” impersonation as key Q1 earnings slated for Tuesday. Analysts say Buy, but is now the time?

The News: A former Insys Therapeutics Inc. (Chandler AZ) sales representative was recently sentenced to six months of home confinement after admitting that she participated in a scheme to pay… Read more »

Biotech IPO tsunami continues even as stocks sag following FDA chief’s drug-price rant.

The News: US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Thursday (May 3, 2018) questioned whether rebates that drugmakers provide to health insurers should remain protected by federal law,… Read more »

Innovent Biologics epitomizes how China, not Russia, quickly becoming real threat to US biotech supremacy.

The News: China’s Innovent Biologics Inc. has raised $150 million in a Series E crossover round, with Capital Group Private Markets picking up $90 million of the mega-round, according to Endpoints. The… Read more »

Elizabeth Holmes and Mark Zuckerberg: The rise and fall of the black turtleneck, hoodie and jeans. Op Ed

While scanning the healthcare news yesterday I was struck, perhaps a bit startled even, by a video clip of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, clad in a dark suit and tie and… Read more »

US citizen denied life-saving bone-marrow transplant from Iranian brother due to Trump travel ban. My very brief take.

The News: Maziar Hashemi, a naturalized US citizen who has lived in the US since the 1970s, has been told by doctors that his best hope for surviving a rare… Read more »

Study says defibrillator drones could save countless lives before ambulance eventually arrives. Seems obvious, but what happened to good-old CPR?

The News:  The speed of unmanned aerial systems, commonly called drones, could save lives, since for every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and CPR or defibrillation, the chance of… Read more »

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill in 51-49 Vote. Health coverage imperiled as Obamacare’s individual mandate traded for $338 billion in tax cuts.

The News: By a vote of 51-49, the Senate passed a tax overhaul bill early Saturday morning that included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, which… Read more »