Category Archives: Op-Ed

UK: Controversial Cancer Fund Boosted — But What ‘s the Long-Term Plan?

By Leela Barham. The English Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), set up to provide funding for those products that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has not recommended for use or where their guidance isn’t yet available, remains controversial. Initially penciled for closure in 2014, it is now planned to run to 2016. […]
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Europe: More Direct-Acting Antivirals, More Controversy

The storms raging across Europe—and beyond—over the pricing of new hepatitis C treatments have been intensified by the European Union’s approval last week of the latest directly-acting antiviral, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir). Just two months after the European Medicines Agency gave a positive opinion on the drug, the formal authorization was delivered for use in […]
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Ebola Debates Turn Everyone into an Expert

It is a tragic truism to remark that the merits of the pharma sector are most sharply perceived only at times of deep human suffering. The debates engendered by the latest Ebola outbreak neatly if nastily demonstrate the point. All of a sudden, the mass media and social networks are reflecting wide public demands for […]
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Are You Aging Well? Ask Pfizer

I’ve just finished taking Pfizer’s #FOGO (Have A Fear of Getting Old?) test on getold.com. I passed with flying colors. The results assured me that I would have a hell of a time aging during these advancing years and that the last lap of my life would be a breeze. Why? I wonder. Was it […]
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More Finger Pointing Over Sunshine System Snafus

Further delays in implementing the Open Payments program for disclosing industry financial relationships with prescribers has ignited a blame-game over who is at fault. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is citing inaccurate data from pharma and medical device companies for the latest problems involving erroneous payment attributions. Manufacturers maintain they fully validate […]
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