Day: July 13, 2021

The world will not exit Covid-19 pandemic without booster shots, vaccine developer says

The world will not get the Covid-19 pandemic under control without using booster shots for messenger RNA vaccines, one of the key figures involved in the development of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine said Tuesday. Ugur Sahin, co-founder and CEO of BioNTech, insisted booster shots are going to be necessary, despite caution from some experts. […]

STAT+: Insulin makers and pharmacy benefit managers must face racketeering claims in a lawsuit

A federal judge dropped allegations that three drug makers engaged in antitrust practices by scheming to overcharge for insulin, but the companies will continue to face racketeering claims in a lawsuit brought by pharmaceutical wholesalers. In the lawsuit, the insulin makers — Eli Lilly (LLY), Sanofi  (SNY), and Novo Nordisk (NVO) — were accused of […]

Biden to nominate Atul Gawande for global health position

President Biden will nominate noted surgeon and writer Atul Gawande for a global health position at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the White House said Tuesday. Gawande is a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has professorships at Harvard’s medical and public health schools, and has written top-selling books and for the New […]

STAT+: ‘Aduhelm left room’: Lilly CEO eyes competition with Biogen Alzheimer’s drug

Though a rival’s Alzheimer’s drug reached the market first, the CEO of Eli Lilly spoke confidently Tuesday about its amyloid-clearing product’s potential to take on Biogen’s recently launched Aduhelm. Speaking at STAT’s Breakthrough Science Summit, CEO David Ricks said Lilly last month asked the Food and Drug Administration to expedite approval of its drug donanemab […]

STAT+: Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s drug could cost Medicaid up to $2.2 billion a year

A pricey new Alzheimer’s drug already mired in controversy could cost Medicaid anywhere from $720 million to nearly $2.2 billion each year depending on the number of patients treated, according to a new analysis. The medication, which is called Aduhelm and carries a $56,000 price tag, is generating concern over its potential impact on the […]

Biden to nominate West Virginia’s Rahul Gupta as drug czar 

WASHINGTON — President Biden will nominate Rahul Gupta, a March of Dimes executive and former West Virginia health commissioner, to serve as the country’s top drug policy official, according to two sources familiar with the selection process. The pick, which the Washington Post first reported and the White House confirmed on Tuesday, comes amid a […]

Rest stop telehealth, a data aggregator gets buy-in, & the EHR time drain

Truveta scores $95 million, adds hospital partners Truveta, a company formed to aggregate patient data for medical research, has attracted three new hospital partners: MedStar Health in Washington D.C.; and the Dallas-area providers Baylor Scott & White and Texas Health Resources. It now counts as members 17 large health systems with operations in 40 states, and has raised $95 million […]

Biden wants a drug pricing plan in 45 days. Who’s going to write it? 

You’re reading the web edition of D.C. Diagnosis, STAT’s weekly newsletter about the politics and policy of health and medicine. Sign up here to receive it in your inbox. It’s official: Medicare must now decide how to cover Aduhelm. Here’s what we’re watching Read the rest…

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Medicare starts coverage review for Biogen Alzheimer’s drug; U.S. needs more data before deciding on Covid booster shot

Hello, everyone, and how are you today? Cloudy skies are hovering this morning over the Pharmalot campus, where things have settled down now that the short person has left for gainful employment and the official mascot has assumed his formal snoozing position. As for us, we are dutifully concocting a few needed cups of stimulation […]

STAT+: Patient data company Truveta raises $95 million, secures new hospital partners

A company formed to aggregate and sell de-identified data on millions of American patients has attracted a trio of new hospital partners, adding providers in Dallas and Washington, D.C., to a national network that now includes 17 health systems. Truveta, helmed by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson, has signed on D.C.-based MedStar Health and the […]

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