While acknowledging the quality of the reporting at STAT -- and the search for new revenue to support good journalism -- Health News Review wonders why The Boston Globe life science spin-off has to take ads from the pharmaceutical industry's top lobbying group. Some STAT readers might see PhaRMa as a champion of just another health-related … Continue reading Should #STAT take ads from drug industry lobbyists at #PhRMa?
Pharmaceutical manufacturers often look to patient advocates for help winning approval for new drugs. Their most recent success in this area was the FDA’s approval of a new drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. That decision came despite recommendations against approval from FDA staff. In an editorial, the Boston Globe questioned the FDA’s move while noting … Continue reading Two Boston meetings look at the role of patient advocates. They offer two very different perspectives.
Over here in Kendall Square, pharma has invested a lot of money in buildings that look like they were designed by Ikea. If this bubble is about to burst, as suggested below, the city could use some nice low-rise housing. This story also includes the argument that pricey drugs save the system money by, for … Continue reading Boston news from #BIO2015: Will old labs make good housing? Do expensive drugs reduce health costs?
Or East Cambridge as The People's Republic of Pharma A mural outside the Biogen Idec construction site.
As the Globe story below notes, "A longstanding ban against the coupons in Massachusetts — the last state to prohibit them — was lifted as part of the state budget signed by Governor Deval Patrick on July 8."This story is behind the pay wall, but here's the nut: "But some consumer advocates and analysts say … Continue reading In Massachusetts, lighter pharma gift ban may = higher costs for consumers #HCR #mapoli
A couple of Boston-area docs weigh in on charges of industry influence in the debate over whether to test kids for cholesterol. From the Globe: CHICAGO — Should all US children be tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing … Continue reading Boston docs on debate over cholesterol screening for kids
Slightly off topic but fun: Globe movie reviewer Ty Burr uses a drug insert format -- including a list of side effects -- to write about the film ”Love and other Drugs.” (FYI, he gives it two and a half stars.) WARNING: Prolonged exposure to “Love & Other Drugs,’’ a romantic comedy-drama about the ups and … Continue reading The side effects of romantic comedies