KHN: Without proper monitoring, #contaminated #medicine makes patients sicker

By Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months … Continue reading KHN: Without proper monitoring, #contaminated #medicine makes patients sicker

Is the US setting the bar too low for new CF drug? Canada says it’s not worth it

From The Globe and Mail: Canadian governments should not pay for a $250,000-a-year cystic fibrosis medication because it is not clear the drug actually improves patients’ health, according to a fresh review that has devastated some with the potentially fatal lung disease.... In a report released on Thursday, the CADTH’s expert panel said its review … Continue reading Is the US setting the bar too low for new CF drug? Canada says it’s not worth it

KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

This story notes that CMS approved a Medicaid waiver from Oklahoma in June, but denied a Massachusetts request for a similar exception to existing rules.  Oklahoma’s plan would expand that to negotiate additional prescription price reductions based on value-based purchasing agreements. Still, CMS’ recent rejection of a related Massachusetts proposal makes it difficult to believe … Continue reading KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

Lead author Adam Gaffney is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Here's the summary, from the BMJ: Key messages The US and Canadian pharmaceutical systems are dysfunctional Costs are exorbitant, commercial goals distort drug development, misleading promotion fosters misuse, and medications are too often unaffordable for patients We propose reforms that … Continue reading Cambridge Mass. doc leads call for reform of “dysfunctional” pharmaceutical system.

Make your own #pharmaceuticals Thursday at the #CambSciFest

Probably not, but you never know. Maybe someone will get lucky. Also know that today's (Thursday) cancer mini-golf tournament is rescheduled to Friday. Be a Medicine Hunter April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Novartis, 22 Windsor St. Cambridge USA  Novartis scientists are hunting for new medicines that will change the practice of medicine and improve patients’ lives. Meet … Continue reading Make your own #pharmaceuticals Thursday at the #CambSciFest

From today’s Boston Globe: Partners and Trump, health costs and another expensive drug

STAT News reports that Partners Healthcare CEO Dr. David Torchiana was among the health care executive who met with President-elect Donald Trump Wenesday.  Torchiana has been among those arguing that repeal of the law could disrupt millions of families who have relied upon it for insurance coverage. “De-insuring 20 million people, many of whom were probably Trump … Continue reading From today’s Boston Globe: Partners and Trump, health costs and another expensive drug

#STATnews asks: Are #Alzheimer’s numbers inflated?

In her "Gut Check" column, STAT's Sharon Begley notes that a NEJM report  from Boston University's Framingham Heart Study claims that "The percent of people developing dementia each year is falling significantly... raising hope that some cases can be prevented and, possibly, that the worst forecasts of a “looming dementia crisis in the United States are overblown" … Continue reading #STATnews asks: Are #Alzheimer’s numbers inflated?

Massachusetts thread in NYTimes story on drug price rekoning

The New York Times reports: As complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those medicines and the rationale for charging what they do. So-called pharmaceutical cost transparency bills have been introduced in at least six state legislatures in the last year, aiming … Continue reading Massachusetts thread in NYTimes story on drug price rekoning

Why won’t the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation comment on the high price of the new Vertex drug?

Robert Weisman of the Globe reports today: California scientist Paul M. Quinton learned that he has cystic fibrosis at age 19 and has spent his long career in his lab working on ways to cure it. He is, in short, not the kind of person you’d expect to be fighting with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., the … Continue reading Why won’t the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation comment on the high price of the new Vertex drug?

Should the FDA approve Vertex’s new cystic fibrosis drug?

The scene at the FDA hearing was familiar. All the  advisory committees have seen it play out again and again. Yesterday, it was the Pulmonary-Allergy Drug committee: The pharma doc with the convincing statement. The weeping patients. The drug likely to cost a couple thousand a month offering a slim  benefit over an existing drugs. … Continue reading Should the FDA approve Vertex’s new cystic fibrosis drug?