Bernie Sanders asks “tell me about your experiences with Universal Health Care”

KEY TAKEAWAY: Sen Sanders asked social media users to tell him about their experiences with universal health care and Twitter had so many posts it was hard to keep up.  As drug makers continue to please Wall Street at the expense of patients Universal Health Care could become a reality. Continue reading

Healthcare is broken

KEY TAKEAWAY:Health care is one of the largest costs for people in retirement.  Fidelity annually estimates what a 65-year old couple, retiring in the current year, will need to cover health care and medical expenses throughout retirement. The 2017 estimate is $275,000, a six percent increase over last year’s estimate of $260,000. Continue reading

Pharma finally admits “digital is important”

KEY TAKEAWAY: GSK and Novartis have gone to the outside to hire senior digital marketing people with CPG experience.  While these moves are long overdue is it enough or is pharma waiting at the airport for their ship to come in? Continue reading

Amgen fights for its new cholesterol drug

KEY TAKEAWAY: A study in JAMA found  “a Markov cohort state-transition model determined that adding evolocumab at current list price to patients receiving standard background therapy was estimated to cost $268 637 per quality-adjusted life-year gained. Sensitivity and scenario analyses demonstrated incremental cost-effectiveness ratios ranging from $100 193 to $488 642 per quality-adjusted life-year.” Will this be enough to sway insurers to say “ok”? Continue reading

A great site for mesothelioma patients

A mesothelioma patient recently emailed me  “I was immediately attracted to their site because it provides access to so many helpful resources for patients and their families when a diagnosis is received. It’s a lot to sort out and a very emotional time, so they make it simple to navigate the process. I also like how they provide access to world renowned doctors, treatments and even financial assistance. I was so grateful to find them through a simple google search, actually.”  And this is a site from a legal firm. Continue reading