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Volume 4, Number 6
February 9, 2007


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News

As oral cancer drugs gain, dosage problems grow
The Boston Globe, 2-4-07

Editor's Notes:

The Boston Globe reminds us that medicine would be a lot simpler if doctors didn't have to deal with people.
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Perry orders cancer virus vaccine for young girls
Houston Chronicle, 2-3-07

Editor's Notes:

Earlier this week, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order requiring sixth–grade girls to receive Gardasil, a vaccine that protects against Human Papilloma Virus, a sexually transmitted disease that causes about 70% of all cervical cancers. Gov. Perry's decision, for all of its good intentions, is bound to be controversial:
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How doctors battle to keep superbugs at bay
Financial Times, 2-2-07

Editor's Notes:

The Financial Times looks at how public health officials and pharmaceutical companies are responding to the growing death toll from antibiotic–resistant bacteria in hospital settings:
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Commentary

My order protects life: Vaccine mandate will prevent deaths, give parents the final word
USA Today, 2-9-07

Governor Perry defends his decision to issue an executive order requiring HPV vaccinations for 6th grade girls in his state:
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India and the Drug Patent Wars
Roger Bate, AEI Online, 2-7-07

In 2005, India joined the TRIPs treaty, under an agreement requiring that patents be provided for drugs made after 1995. However, under an obscure provision of India's patent law, Novartis' application for a patent for an updated version of its cancer drug Gleevec has been denied and is currently under appeal.
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The Truth About the Drug Ads
John Calfee, The American, 2-7-07

Calfee examines growing Congressional criticism of direct–to–consumer prescription drug advertising and finds that the critics consistently underestimate the benefits of DTCA.
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Fact: No link of vaccine, autism
Arthur Caplan, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2-6-07

Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, tries to lay to rest—once and for all—the myth that vaccines are linked to autism.
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Orthopedists for Vioxx
Wall Street Journal, 2-3-07

While policymakers in Congress are pushing the FDA to become more cautious in its approval of new drugs, this Journal editorial reports a survey of physicians who think that, if anything, the FDA is already too cautious in its approval of new medicines.
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Drugs in Thailand: The government should take care about ripping up patents
Financial Times, 1-31-07

The Financial Times warns that Thailand's recent assault on drug patents sets a bad precedent that could undermine access to new medicines in the poorest countries.
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Research

Integrated Insurance Design in the Presence of Multiple Medical Technologies
Dana Goldman, Tomas Philipson, NBER, 1-1-07

Goldman and Philipson argue that insofar as prescription drugs are substitutes for other forms of health care, like doctor's offices and emergency room visits, optimal insurance benefit design (at least for certain chronic disease categories) should have very low or even negative co–pays for prescription drugs.
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In this week's issue:

NEWS

As oral cancer drugs gain, dosage problems grow
Perry orders cancer virus vaccine for young girls
How doctors battle to keep superbugs at bay

COMMENTARY

My order protects life: Vaccine mandate will prevent deaths, give parents the final word
India and the Drug Patent Wars
The Truth About the Drug Ads
Fact: No link of vaccine, autism
Orthopedists for Vioxx
Drugs in Thailand: The government should take care about ripping up patents

RESEARCH

Integrated Insurance Design in the Presence of Multiple Medical Technologies
Center for Medical Progress 
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