What’s the impact of ACA on medication costs? IMS Health report offers some clues

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What’s the impact of ACA on medication costs? IMS Health report offers some clues

April 15, 2014 7:11 am by | 0 Comments

The Affordable Care Act and innovative biotech trends are having an impact on medication costs and healthcare spend generally, according to a new report by the IMS Health Institute for…


True Grit: Why pharma’s leaders aren’t yet capable

True Grit: Why pharma’s leaders aren’t yet capable

April 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Faced with an ever-challenging commercial environment, how do upcoming pharma leaders stack up when it comes to critical leadership capabilities and how can they be nurtured to achieve success? “The…


J&J income rises 35 percent in first quarter

J&J income rises 35 percent in first quarter

April 15, 2014 11:07 am by | 0 Comments

Johnson & Johnson’s net income rose 35 percent during the first quarter thanks in part to stronger sales in its pharmaceutical division, the company said Tuesday. The New Brunswick-based health…



Walgreen pressured to move headquarters to Europe

Walgreen pressured to move headquarters to Europe

April 15, 2014 9:14 am by | 0 Comments

In a twist on economic globalization less obvious than moving factories overseas, a small but growing number of corporations have relocated headquarters to Europe to escape the 35 percent tax…


Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

Zohydro ban: Disagreeing with Governor Patrick

April 15, 2014 8:01 am by | 1 Comments

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to ban Zohydro ER, a new prescription painkiller, under a state of emergency he’s declared to combat opiate abuse. I agree with the Governor…


Provectus Biopharmaceuticals signs with Chinese firm to find licensing partner

Provectus Biopharmaceuticals signs with Chinese firm to find licensing partner

April 15, 2014 6:45 am by | 0 Comments

Knoxville-based Provectus Biopharmaceuticals has signed with an investment banking firm in China to help identify distribution and joint venture partners for the company’s oncology drug PV-10. Shanghai-based Tririver Capital Co.,…


Glenmark receives $5 million milestone payment from Sanofi

Glenmark receives $5 million milestone payment from Sanofi

April 15, 2014 3:53 am by | 0 Comments

MUMBAI — Drug maker Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd said on Tuesday that its new drug candidate for the treatment of autoimmune disorder has achieved another milestone towards final stage of discovery….


What is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

What is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

April 14, 2014 1:41 pm by | 0 Comments

MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America based startups. The event…



Scripps, Johnson & Johnson join forces in drug development effort

Scripps, Johnson & Johnson join forces in drug development effort

April 14, 2014 10:46 am by | 0 Comments

JUPITER — In an effort to spur start-up biotech companies, Scripps Florida said Monday that it has created a new venture and has partnered with a big-name drug firm. The…


High cost of potent Hepatitis drug presents challenges across the U.S.

High cost of potent Hepatitis drug presents challenges across the U.S.

April 14, 2014 9:39 am by | 0 Comments

Sovaldi, the hepatitis C treatment drug, is considered a breakthrough for patients with the disease. However, since, it won federal approval in December, lawmakers, insurers and patient advocates have begun…


Study: 25 percent of Colorado foster kids on psychotropic drugs

Study: 25 percent of Colorado foster kids on psychotropic drugs

April 14, 2014 9:39 am by | 0 Comments

The rate is 12 times greater than for other children on government insurance, a new study in Colorado finds. The Associated Press:  25% Of Colorado Foster Kids On Psychotropic A…


Maryland’s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

Maryland’s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

April 14, 2014 6:16 am by | 0 Comments

Now that the state’s medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon…


Independent pharmacy hoping to carve niche over big box stores

Independent pharmacy hoping to carve niche over big box stores

April 13, 2014 9:03 am by | 0 Comments

Miss. — A customer looking to fill a prescription doesn’t have to look hard these days. The nation’s largest pharmacies, Walgreens and CVS, battle for prime locations; big-box retailers like…


Payers, providers, patients – even politicians – attacking Gilead over $1,000/day hepatitis C pill

Payers, providers, patients – even politicians – attacking Gilead over $1,000/day hepatitis C pill

April 13, 2014 8:19 am by | 2 Comments

The nation may have finally met a drug it cannot afford.
Sovaldi is a long-awaited breakthrough for the 3 million Americans suffering from the hepatitis C virus. And at $1,000 a daily pill, or $84,000 over 12 weeks of treatment, the medication could ge…


‘Molecular tweezers:’ A potential new strategy for fending off Alzheimer’s?

‘Molecular tweezers:’ A potential new strategy for fending off Alzheimer’s?

April 11, 2014 5:52 am by | 0 Comments

Rather than trying to break up clumps of proteins that characterize many brain diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, Gal Bitan and his team are trying to stop them from…


Lancet studies: Nostrils, vaginas built from patients’ own tissues are working well after implantation

Lancet studies: Nostrils, vaginas built from patients’ own tissues are working well after implantation

April 11, 2014 4:25 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (AP) — Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. Windpipes, bladders,…