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Friday Links

Google partners with GSK to form biotech firm. You are 6x more likely to be killed by the police in the US than in Canada. ICER myths? One area without racial disparities? 2 million Medicare beneficiaries are homebound.  How will they get the medical care they need?

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Clinton vs. Trump: A Healthcare Comparison

AJMC has a nice article summarizing some of the key differences between the two presidential candidates.  I paraphrase the article below. The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Clinton wants to keep or even expand the ACA and wants to cap out-of-pocket drug costs.  Clinton has even called for a public option. On the […]

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Impact of Brexit on Pharma

There is a lot of talk that Brexit will be a disaster.  While I believe that much of this disaster talk is overblown, there are clear business implications.  Pharmafile provides an example of how Brexit would affect a small pharmaceutical company conducting clinical trials in the UK. In the latter case, UK-based pharmaceutical companies with no other […]

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Friday Links

Progress in the fight against pancreatic cancer? Pouring billions down the drain? Does calorie labeling work? When life gives you MACRA. A one size fits all formulary policy?

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Nothing NICE about ICER?

On it’s website, the Instititute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) claims that it is “…a trusted non-profit organization that evaluates evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments and delivery system innovations and moves that evidence into action to improve the health care system. ” A recent article in Huffington Post however, disagrees.  They make two key […]

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Friday Links

‘Are you dead yet’? Digitizing you and me. The future of economics? After the election, will you be able to import drugs from Canada? Merger madness on hold?

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Friday Links

Monetizing your DNA. Government schools. Paging Dr. Google?  Not anytime soon. WHO to set drug prices? Is CAR-T a bust? Are not?

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Sounds like a good idea?

Kaiser’s family of website has some interesting posts of late.  The Kaiser Family Foundation presents 10 Essential Facts about Medicare Prescription Drug Spending.  They show the increasing price of U.S. prescription drugs spending over time. They also show that many patients with Medicare Part D, still bear a large share of prescription drug costs for […]

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Weekend Links

Commuting and health. Should you trust flu shots? Is ICER the new NICE? Is a cure for Zika in the works? Are parents happier than non-parents? Value-based reimbursement in 2016. The evolution of immunotherapy cancer treatment.

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Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July weekend.  For Americans, the Fourth of July means celebrating with BBQ, fireworks, friends and family.  But being safe is important as well. As the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, in 2014 there were 11 deaths and more than 10,000 injuries from fireworks that resulted in an ER visit. Not only is […]

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