SUMMARY: Three House Democrats on a key committee voted against the measure to lower drug prices as PhRMA ramped up its lobbying dollars to buy politicians. “I understand that the pharmaceutical industry owns the Republican Party and that no Republican voted for this bill, but there is no excuse for every Democrat not supporting it,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a scathing statement.
SUMMARY: With patients staying away from their doctors because of COVID, DTC messages need to add incentives and better messaging to get people to take action rather than wait. No one message will do this, however. Messages need to evolve in these special times.
SUMMARY: Current evidence does not, therefore, appear to show a need for boosting in the general population, in which efficacy against severe disease remains high. Even if humoral immunity appears to wane, reductions in neutralizing antibody titre do not necessarily predict reductions in vaccine efficacy over time, and reductions in vaccine efficacy against mild disease do not necessarily predict reductions in the (typically higher) efficacy against severe disease. Source: The Lancet
SUMMARY: There is a correlation between ignorance and poor health, but recent data indicates that there is also shown a correlation between red states and refusal to get vaccinated. This is a clear and present danger to us all.
SUMMARY: Marci Hamilton, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Constitution, said, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact guaranteeing a right to harm others. The government has the latitude to protect citizens from deadly conditions, especially when the science supporting vaccination is so clear”. We, as a nation, can not allow ignorance and stupidity to endanger us all.
SUMMARY: Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is popular with voters because the media has been focused on the high price of some drugs, but this measure won’t lead to lower healthcare costs. Still, in a JAMA study, the median net income (earnings) expressed as a fraction of revenue was significantly greater for pharmaceutical companies than nonpharmaceutical companies (13.8% vs. 7.7%).
SUMMARY: John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future”. Change is coming for one simple reason; our country can’t sustain the current costs of healthcare. Today’s pharma CEOs should prepare their organizations for the future, not wasting money with lobbying costs.
SUMMARY: Those working in pharma know that ageism exists, especially in the sales force. Pharma has been purging older employees for some time, and when you reach the magic age of 50+, you’re going to be pushed to take “early retirement.”