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Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

This edition of Med-Sci Matters includes recent promising findings with type 1 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and human “healthspan”; the cost-benefit battle with a PCSK9 inhibitor; questions about the rigor of FDA accelerated approvals; and – not for geeks only!... Read More

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

October 31, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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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...

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

October 24, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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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...

Trump or Clinton? Either May Lead to Better Mental Healthcare

October 21, 2016

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Health, Health Policy and Access, Healthcare, Policy

Trump or Clinton? Either May Lead to Better Mental Healthcare

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In September, the Commonwealth Fund and the Rand Corporation released a comprehensive nonpartisan analysis estimating the impact of the healthcare positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. If Trump were to succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act, millions would...

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

October 17, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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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...

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Lizzie

October 13, 2016

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Categories: Health, Health and Wellness, Healthcare, Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Lizzie

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2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Last week, Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of the underlying mechanisms of autophagy. Autophagy, literally “self-eating,” is a mechanism that cells use to...

Inspiring Healthy Appetites for Healthcare Content

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While the Oxford Dictionary “word” of the year in 2015 was the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, we’re putting an early bet that 2016’s will be “content.” Everywhere you turn this year it’s all about content: long form, snackable,...

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

October 10, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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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...

Validating the Role of PROs in Cancer Care

October 5, 2016

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Categories: Advocacy, Patient Communications

Validating the Role of PROs in Cancer Care

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With substantial funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an important new study is underway exploring whether systematic collection of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) during cancer treatment results in better care. The size of the grant – $5.43 million over...

7 Ways Viagra Changed How Drugs Are Marketed

October 4, 2016

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Categories: Health and Wellness, Patient Communications

7 Ways Viagra Changed How Drugs Are Marketed

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When Pfizer launched Viagra, in 1998, it did so with eyes wide open about the immediate impact the drug would have — on patients, of course, but also on physicians, the health media, and purveyors of late-night chuckles. What the...

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

October 4, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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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...