Peter J. Pitts

Peter J. Pitts

Peter J. Pitts is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former FDA Associate Commissioner

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340B drug discount program: Stop the abuse

340B drug discount program: Stop the abuse

September 9, 2013 11:34 am by | 0 Comments

Some major American healthcare providers are padding their bottom lines by exploiting a federal program meant to help low-income patients. This behavior is netting them billions in ill-gotten gains. And…


AD Hoc

AD Hoc

January 31, 2011 11:58 am by | 0 Comments

We should all pay attention to our nomenclature. It’s not about “conflict of interest” — it’s about (as Secretary Sebelius correctly says) “interest.” And having an “interest” is not necessarily…



Fat, drunk, stupid… and uninsured

Fat, drunk, stupid… and uninsured

December 21, 2010 11:59 am by | 0 Comments

Yes Virginia, there is an interstate commerce clause. And there may yet be coal in your stocking. As you no doubt know already, Judge Hudson found that Congress could not…


An Obama tax credit to boost biopharma, R&D

An Obama tax credit to boost biopharma, R&D

September 28, 2010 1:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Obama’s proposal would allow companies to take a 17 percent deduction above 50 percent of R&D costs. Research and development are at the heart of America’s most vibrant industries. Case in point: The biopharmaceutical sector. Biopharma innovation is usually noteworthy for saving lives. Three years after introducing the first antiretroviral treatments, AIDS deaths dropped 70 percent, and new pharmaceuticals are largely responsible for cutting cancer death rates in half .