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Volume 3, Number 20
June 5, 2006


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News

Latest Drugs Could Shake Up Cancer Market
Wall Street Journal, 6-2-06

Editor's Notes:

This Wall Street Journal article explains why we should all give three cheers for the next generation of (so-called) "me-too" drugs. Take, for instance, the current generation of targeted cancer treatments, which have proven successful both for cancer patients and for the companies that make them.
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Study Finds drug benefit caps create unhealthy situation
The San Francisco Chronicle, 6-1-06

Editor's Notes:

Our public debate regarding the utility of prescription drugs is often schizophrenic. Take, for example, this article, which points out that caps on patient prescription drug spending often costs insurers more in overall health care spending because of "costly complications" that could've been prevented by appropriate drug treatment.
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FDA clears a generic biotech drug
The Boston Globe, 6-1-06

Editor's Notes:

The Globe reports that the FDA reached an important milestone last week when it approved the first so-called biogeneric drug. It is hoped that, like traditional generics, copies of biotech drugs whose patents have expired will offer patients and providers cheap alternatives for life–saving medicines.
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Medicare Drug Benefit Viewed as a Work in Progress
Knight Ridder, 5-25-06

Editor's Notes:

The media is rife with speculation as to whether or not the new Medicare prescription drug benefit will wind up hurting or helping the Republicans come November. Knight–Ridder takes a wait and see approach:
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Commentary

Antidepressants and the Numbing–Down of America
Sally Satel, MD, AEI Online, 6-30-06

Satel, a practicing psychiatrist and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has written an interesting and thoughtful review of a new book by Ronald Dworkin on how antidepressants may be affecting our perception of happiness and capability for moral reflection. Overall, she remains wary of broad claims that such drugs are dulling our moral sensibilities.
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Bush's Talk and Results on AIDS
Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post, 5-29-06

Sebastian Mallaby comes to the defense of the Bush administration's AIDS policy, a favorite target of AIDS activist groups and left–leaning critics:
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Drug delusions at the WHO
Andres Mejia-Vergnaud, International Policy Network, 5-23-06

In this op-ed Mejia-Vergnaud dismantles the myths that are allowing anti–corporate activists to control the debate over how to best provide developing nations access to better medical treatments.
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Research

Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Small but Growing Enrollment Fueled by Rising Cost of Health Care Coverage
Government Accountability Office, 4-28-06

In this report, from the Government Accountability office, researchers report on the growth of Consumer Directed Health Plans and factors that may ultimately limit their appeal.
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In this week's issue:

NEWS

Latest Drugs Could Shake Up Cancer Market
Study Finds drug benefit caps create unhealthy situation
FDA clears a generic biotech drug
Medicare Drug Benefit Viewed as a Work in Progress

COMMENTARY

Antidepressants and the Numbing–Down of America
Bush's Talk and Results on AIDS
Drug delusions at the WHO

RESEARCH

Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Small but Growing Enrollment Fueled by Rising Cost of Health Care Coverage
Center for Medical Progress 
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