Day: April 1, 2021

Listen: Talkspace’s civic experiment, Illumina’s FTC headache, & remembering Gilead’s John Martin

Can an app replace in-person therapy? Is Illumina too big to Grail? And is another CRISPR patent dispute in the cards? We discuss all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT’s Mario Aguilar joins us to discuss a fascinating experiment in Nevada, where one city is giving its […]

Resistance from health experts and business owners could doom ‘vaccine passports’ even before they launch

WASHINGTON — When it comes to decrying the concept of “vaccine passports,” conservatives have company. The idea’s detractors now include certain business owners, who fear customer backlash and the hassle or danger of enforcing the policy, and even prominent public health advocates, too. The proof-of-vaccine concept is gaining traction in some circles globally and within […]

STAT+: FDA is rebuked by a federal agency for downgrading serious concerns over plant inspections

In a stern letter, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel rebuked the Food and Drug Administration over four instances in which agency officials belatedly downgraded troubling findings at manufacturing plants and also urged the FDA to rethink its approach to oversight of inspections. The investigating agency cited, in particular, a high-profile episode involving a Merck […]

STAT+: Former Medicare leader Seema Verma joins board of health tech firm Lumeris

She was President Trump’s top Medicare official. Now, Seema Verma, the former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator, is taking a seat on the board of directors at Lumeris, a health tech company that uses software to help health systems manage value-based reimbursement requirements. To some, the appointment could come as a surprise: Verma, a […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: 15 million doses of J&J Covid-19 vaccine ruined by ‘human error’; Bristol Myers fights U.S. over a $1.4 billion tax bill

Top of the morning to you. A spot of rain is descending on the Pharmalot campus right now, but our spirits remain sunny, nonetheless. Why? We will trot out a bit of insight from the Morning Mayor, who would say, “Every new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.” To celebrate the notion, we […]

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