Tag Archives: Forbes

Millions choose to pay Obamacare fines rather than enroll; Simple solution–higher fines or…

The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people–even the young and invincible–to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty… Read more »

Ariad Pharma’s Slide Continues as Bernie Sanders Seeks Data on Leukemia Drug; Recent Drug Price Hikes Put Company on Familiar Hot Seat

Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cambridge MA) continued to plummet Thursday (October 20, 2016) after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the company, demanding more information about… Read more »

CDC Warns of Infection Risk after Open Heart Surgery; When to Worry

A federal investigation has concluded that a device used during open-heart (open-chest) surgery that infected at least 12 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital last year was probably contaminated at the plant in… Read more »

Mylan Agrees to $465 Million EpiPen Settlement with US; But the Matter is Far From Over

Mylan NV (Amsterdam) will pay the US government $465 million in a swift settlement over how the drugmaker charged Medicaid for its allergy shot EpiPen, according to Bloomberg News. The… Read more »

FDA Approves First Muscular Dystrophy Drug Despite Thumbs Down by Scientific Panel

Federal regulators granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication. The approval… Read more »

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 »

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 »

What Brexit Means for the UK’s National Health Service; What We Americans Might Learn

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union registered a magnitude 9 on the Richter scale across the world as far as I can judge. The economic fallout is… Read more »