GE Healthcare Barges into Cell-Therapy Arena with Swiss Buy; Where’s the FDA?

GE Healthcare (Little Chalfont GBR) just signaled its intention to build a $1 billion business which offers specialized manufacturing tools for an upcoming tidal wave of cell therapies by acquiring… Read more »

U.S. House Unanimously Approved Legislation to Combat Opioid Overdoes

Elsewhere, the House on Friday almost unanimously approved legislation to combat opioid overdoses after Democrats dropped their opposition to the bill at the last minute. The 407-5 vote all but assures… Read more »

Aetna Said to Meet with DOJ on Friday about Humana Deal

Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) executives met with top Justice Department antitrust officials on Friday to convince the government that asset sales it proposed would address potential competitive problems that could… Read more »

Donald Trump’s Healthcare Plan Would Make 18 Million People Uninsured, but also Lower Premiums Significantly

Donald Trump’s healthcare plan would make 18 million people uninsured, but also lower premiums significantly for policies purchased directly by consumers, according to an independent study released Thursday. The new… Read more »

Medtronic Buys HeartWare for $1.1 Billion

Medtronic PLC (Dublin) said it agreed to acquire HeartWare International Inc. (Framingham MA) for $1.1 billion, adding more heart-treatment products to the giant medical-device maker. Medtronic will pay $58 a share in cash for… Read more »

U.S. Doctors, Hospitals Receive Billions from Drug, Device Makers; Report

Drug and device makers sustained their payments to doctors and teaching hospitals at nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to the figures released Thursday from a federal database. And physicians… Read more »

Anthem Says No Talks To Terminate Merger With Cigna

The Justice Department has told Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) that the health insurer’s planned takeover of Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) threatens competition and probably can’t be fixed by selling parts… Read more »

Congress Fails to Fund Zika Response as Partisanship Prevails

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Congress must end its deadlock on funding to combat the Zika virus before lawmakers head out to recess later this summer. “The good… Read more »