In the Spotlight
Ernst v. Merck - one more view
Ted Frank, Medical Progress Today, 9-1-05
You might've thought that you needed to marry a billionaire to get $24 million from a one-year marriage, but we now know that that a one-year marriage to a 59-year-old Wal-Mart produce manager with arteriosclerosis is worth $24 million in compensatory
damages. Mrs. Ernst is apparently very lucky that her new husband died from a sudden arrhythmia rather than from a brain tumor or lightning strike, because I'll bet a year's salary that she didn't have a $24 million life insurance policy on him to compensate her in the event of a sudden death.
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Online Extra: Putting the FDA Out Front
Business Week, 9-5-05
Hereís some wisdom from Woodcock. Thanks Janet. Hopefully words presage deeds!Continue reading . . .
Lilly battles five-year flu, Analysts: Drugmaker primed for rebound from Prozac defeat
Indianapolis Business Journal, 8-29-05
Hereís how to do it right the Hoosier way. Hard work. Smarts. Determination. And minimal bloviating.Continue reading . . .
Whose Vioxx is gored?
Los Angeles Times, 8-28-05
And a surprisingly welcome voice is that of Michael Kinsley.Continue reading . . .
Drug prices under fire: Pharmacists pocket higher Medi-Cal reimbursements
The San Francisco Chronicle, 8-27-05
It is just astounding what politicians will do to advance their careers. Last week Mr. Lockyer was attacking tunafish. As a resident of California, he should be reminded of the Japanese proverb, "Donít fix the blame. Fix the problem."Continue reading . . .
Prescription Drugs: Cigna Launches Web Site To Help Customers Compare Prescription Drug Prices
Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 8-26-05
When asked how consumers can save money on their prescriptions (other than caveat emptor importation), I always point out that comparison-shopping between pharmacies can have a huge impact. So kudos to Cigna for their new web site that shows drug prices for 52,000 pharmacies nationwide (both brick-and-mortar and Internet).Continue reading . . .
The Lobbying-Industrial Complex
The New York Times, 8-26-05
If you build it, they will come.Continue reading . . .
Stung by Public Distrust, Drug Makers Seek to Heal Image
Wall Street Journal, 8-26-05
Breaking news - Pharma industry has image problem. Enough about the problem, how about a thoughtful, long-term solution. (Note to Pharma execs: this means changing what "long-term" means from the end of the quarter to the end of the quarter century.)Continue reading . . .
Cheap medicine proves a gold mine for Mexican pharmacist in politics
Associated Press Newswires, 8-26-05
This just scares the bejesus out of me. I hope that Senators Dorgan, Vitter and Grassley have their pesos at the ready.Continue reading . . .
US retirees still wary of Medicare drug plan-study
Reuters News, 8-25-05
Itís amazing what a little proactive communications can achieve. While searching for stories on the new prescription drug benefit, I found mostly positive stories Ė and itís about time. (Although I should also mention that these were not the stories being pushed to Page One by The New York Times
or the Washington Post
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Patents versus Patients? Antiretroviral Therapy in India
New England Journal of Medicine, 8-25-05
Itís access not price, stupid.Continue reading . . .
Drug database canít take doctorís place
Georgia Strait, 8-25-05
Itís not how much information youíve got, itís what you can do with it.Continue reading . . .
Health Agency Tightens Rules Governing Federal Scientists
The New York Times, 8-25-05
Quite a quandary. How do you recruit and retain the best and the brightes and, maintain integrity while, at the same time, treating your professional staff like, well, professionals?Continue reading . . .
Metabolic syndrome doesn't exist, diabetes groups claim
USA Today, 8-25-05
Itís time that we all begin to look at new solutions to our nationís obesity epidemic. ADA is, surprisingly, not being helpful and one wonders why?Continue reading . . .
Panel wants state to waive stem cell product royalties: Experts say profit interest may discourage private investment
The San Francisco Chronicle, 8-24-05
And this is all about advancing the public health, right?Continue reading . . .
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