Big drug M&A looming and we’ll soon know who hacked Anthem (Morning Read)

The Morning Read provides a 24-hour wrap up of everything else healthcare’s innovators need to know about the business of medicine (and beyond). The author of The Read published it but all full-time MedCity News journalists contribute to its content. TOP STORIES Will J&J really buy Pharmacyclics for $19 billion? Sanofi has won FDA approval […]

The Morning Read provides a 24-hour wrap up of everything else healthcare’s innovators need to know about the business of medicine (and beyond). The author of The Read published it but all full-time MedCity News journalists contribute to its content.

TOP STORIES

Will J&J really buy Pharmacyclics for $19 billion?

Sanofi has won FDA approval for its daily insulin treatment Toujeo.

What does the word deadline mean, anyway? The Meaningful Use attestation deadline has moved from Saturday to March 20. Why not delay it to the first day of HIMSS?

We’ll soon know who was behind the Anthem hack.

LIFE SCIENCE

The British government has established an R&D investment fund focused on dementia cures.

After the Novartis asset swap is done, GSK becomes the biggest vaccine-maker in the world.

Another Sovaldi side-effect? California legislators are now considering a bill that would force drugmakers to report production costs on any drug that costs more than $10,000 per year.

The first superbug lawsuit: Olympus sued over UCLA outbreak.

A federal judge has nixed the Maine law that made it easier to get foreign prescription drugs.

Cynosure gets its upgraded tattoo-removal tool OK’d by the FDA.

Antibiotics are clearly driving this whole problem” when it comes to vulnerability to C. diff.

PAYERS-PROVIDERS

Don’t underestimate the implications of Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision, which said a state medical board can’t regulate the teeth-whitening business.

Despite a national drive to reduce overprescription of antibiotics, a study published by a team of Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggests competition between physician practices, retail health clinics and urgent care facilities in affluent areas boosts the number of prescriptions for these drugs per person. The article focused on data from 2000-2010 from the U.S. Census Bureau and IMS Health Xponent database, which tracks prescriptions dispensed at the ZIP code level. The study is published on the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy’s website.

Mercy Hospice Care and Mercy Home Health Care accomplished a perfect survey score from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance.

TECH

81 percent of all ICD-10 test claims were accepted.

Fascinating: Can Oracle be forced to deliver health IT services to the state of Oregon?

Cureatr, a mobile care coordination business, has added three executives to its team including a vice president of product strategy, a vice president of sales and marketing and a vice president of product.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to shut down doctor ratings website nydoctorprofile because of the high cost of running it.

Facebook is changing how it deals with suicidal postings.

A Q&A with the ONC’s first Health Information Officer Dr. Michael James McCoy.

Expect to see two new products from orthopedic software-maker Mpirik, including one that leverages the Xbox Kinect platform.

German derm app Klara has raised $2.5 million.

POLITICS

Jonathan Gruber, a consultant on the development of Obamacare who famously blamed “stupid taxpayers” for it becoming law, was let go from the board of Massachusetts Health Information Exchange by the state’s Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

A LITTLE EXTRA

When asked whether the government should move quickly to get new medical breakthroughs on the market or move slowly to ensure safety, Americans say yes!

I want to meet the 18 percent who said neither and stare at them like Steve Harvey on the Family Feud.

[Photo of bottles of old remedies from Flickr user Photo Atelier]