Pharma refuses to acknowledge that a storm is coming

KEY TAKEAWAY: Large majorities of Republican, Democratic and independent voters say they would be more likely to vote for candidates in this year’s midterm elections who are committed to bringing down the cost of prescription drugs according to a poll released last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).  Yet companies like AbbVie raised prices of drugs and are blocking generic versions of their medications.  Change is coming, but too many pharma CEO’s are still too subservient to Wall Street.  Continue reading

PhRMA defines chutzpah

(PhRMA) president and CEO Stephen J. Ubl issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s drug pricing blueprint: “These far-reaching proposals could fundamentally change how patients access medicines and realign incentives across the entire prescription drug supply chain. While some of these proposals could help make medicines more affordable for patients, others would disrupt coverage and limit patients’ access to innovative treatments”. Folks, that is chutzpah. Continue reading

Novartis’s PR nightmare

KEY SUMMARY: “Any formal lobbying by companies of Congress or Cabinet agencies must be reported and disclosed quarterly. Novartis’s outreach to Cohen — who isn’t part of the administration, isn’t a registered lobbyist and isn’t an expert in the telecommunications or pharmaceutical industriesfalls into a secretive, gray area of influence activity that ethics experts charge is ripe for abuse.” Continue reading

Medical device the rule of thumb seems to be luck over science

KEY IDEA:  Seventy million Americans have a medical device implanted within their body. “When it comes to medical devices, we built a system that doesn’t work,” David Kessler, the former FDA commissioner, said in The Bleeding Edge.  The disturbing truth is that, despite so many people relying on such implants, the medical device industry is very weakly regulated. Continue reading