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November 21, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

We have many reasons to be thankful this year — and we hope you do too. In the spirit of being thankful, The Week That Was team will be on hiatus next week to chow down on turkey and stuffing...

November 14, 2016

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So THAT was unexpected! Now that we’ve gotten that off our chests, welcome to The Week That Was. This week we give you our take on what the 2016 election outcomes will mean for future healthcare policy (from what we...

November 7, 2016

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Readers, We’re feeling a bit plucky this evening! We report on how “big chicken” may be artificially keeping the price of poultry high. The pharma industry and ICER duked it out in the press…meanwhile, the FDA can’t get prospective hires...

October 31, 2016

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Happy Halloween, Readers. Last week we saw PhRMA go trick-or-treating for cash. Activist investors tried to spook the biopharmaceutical industry into greater transparency on drug prices. And a new poll showed that Americans rank drug costs a top the list...

October 24, 2016

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Last week we were reminded that just because the election is nearing a close, the biopharma industry may not catch a break post-November. Companies who fear Congressional retribution for price increases should not be sleeping easy. We witnessed Ariad feel...

October 17, 2016

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It is time for the latest edition of The Week That Was, our rehash of the real and sometimes surreal moments in healthcare headlines. This week, we profile how St. Jude’s pacemakers are not up to speed and potentially giving...

October 10, 2016

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Despite reputational polls indicating pharmaceuticals are currently among the least trusted industries in the country, we are reminded that it could always be worse… we could be in political PR. Last week, Goldman Sachs warned it’s time for drug makers...

October 4, 2016

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WARNING: We’re getting into heavy stuff this week, like compassionate use, 340B pricing policy and value frameworks, but we promise you don’t need to be an economics Ph.D. to follow along. We often get asked to pull out our crystal...

September 23, 2016

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Last week, we reported Wells Fargo faced fines for record-breaking, illegal consumer banking practices. Now we ask whether Wells’ CEO John Stumpf’s efforts to renounce certain selling targets will be enough to keep his job as he gears up to...

September 12, 2016

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We’re baaaaaack. Did you miss us? As the first unofficial week of fall has come to a close (cue post-Labor Day blues), the iVH Issues team returns to make your Monday a little more provocative. Last week, the Biotechnology Innovation...