Day: April 2, 2021

Former Biden, Trump advisers renew push to delay second Covid vaccine

WASHINGTON — As Covid-19 cases spike and coronavirus variants continue to spread, the Biden administration is facing renewed calls to delay second vaccine doses and blanket more of the U.S. population with an initial shot. Advocates of a strategy focused on first doses include Democratic and Republican senators, Trump administration surgeon general Jerome Adams, and […]

STAT+: Bristol-Myers Squibb agrees to pay $75 million to settle allegations of underpaying Medicaid rebates

After years of litigation, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) agreed to pay $75 million, plus interest, to resolve allegations of knowingly underpaying rebates that were owed to state Medicaid programs. The settlement, which the company had signaled a year ago was in the works, stems from a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2013 by the former head of […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: FDA is probing J&J Covid-19 vaccine blunder; Fauci says U.S. may not need the AstraZeneca shot

And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is rather modest. We plan to promenade with the official mascot and survey an institution of higher learning or two with our short […]

Opinion: Corporate versus public control of science and technology: Forging a framework for the 21st Century

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.” Louis Pasteur said that in 1876. Today it would be more accurate to say that science belongs to the corporations and investors that have the money, power, and savvy to secure patents and bring new developments to global markets, a change that threatens human and planetary […]

STAT+: Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings

Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot? Share the news with us, and we’ll share it with others. That’s right. Send us your changes, and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going. And here is our regular […]

Virtual therapy startups tackle the gap in mental health care for kids and teens

When Alex Alvarado and his co-founders started their virtual therapy company Daybreak Health in February 2020, they saw a “massive need” for better mental health options for teens. Then the pandemic hit, and the gap they were trying to fill grew even bigger. “The need has really obviously skyrocketed in this population, as well as […]

Opinion: Fee or free? The services hospital-based psychologists provide are ‘priceless’

Hospital-based psychologists are sorely undervalued, not just for the care they provide their patients and the insights they offer their clinician colleagues, but for the substantial savings they can provide their institutions. Under the current fee-for-service model in health care, a typical one-hour therapy session with a psychologist nets their hospital or institution about $150, […]

Opinion: Reforming and improving organ transplant systems will save lives, taxpayer dollars

Every day, 33 people — disproportionately people of color — die in the U.S. as they wait for organ transplants. Most of these deaths, and the suffering that precedes it, are preventable. Given that Covid-19 causes organ failure, the problem is only going to get worse. The majority of people currently waiting for organ transplants […]

An antitrust expert weighs in on the FTC’s complaint against Illumina

Spare a thought for Illumina. The $56 billion dollar titan of genomics has become the world’s leading supplier of DNA sequencing technology. That’s been great for the company’s bottom line over the years. But Illumina’s market dominance is making it incredibly difficult to expand the business. The latest example came this week when the Federal […]

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