Day: July 28, 2021

STAT+: Lawmakers ask Defense Department about using a controversial maneuver to lower drug prices

Three years ago, Congress directed the Department of Defense to take steps to lower the cost of medicines discovered with the help of federal funding, but eventually cost Americans substantially more than what is paid in other countries. Now, a pair of lawmakers wants to know what, if anything, the department has done to comply […]

Efficacy of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine slips to 84% after six months, data show

The efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech fell from 96% to 84% over six months, according to data released Wednesday, a decline that could fuel Pfizer’s case that a third dose will eventually be required. The data, released in a preprint that has not been reviewed by outside scientists, suggest the […]

Opinion: Pharmacoequity: a new goal for ending disparities in U.S. health care

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the public’s attention alarming racial disparities in health. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the U.S. fell in 2020 by 1.5 years, the largest drop since World War II. The drop was far greater for Black and Hispanic Americans, who […]

STAT+: Deep Genomics raises $180 million to automate drug discovery

Brendan Frey, the founder and chief executive of Deep Genomics, thinks the wrong people are developing new drugs to treat genetic diseases. In fact, he doesn’t think humans should be doing most of the work. It’s Frey’s view that the next wave of medicines will be discovered using artificial intelligence, and he has support from […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Biogen yanks Alzheimer’s paper from JAMA over edits; Pfizer sees $33.5 billion in Covid-19 vax sales

Top of the morning to you, and a fine one, it is. Delicious cool breezes and clear, blue skies are enveloping the Pharmalot campus this morning. One would never know a stubborn pandemic is lurking outside. But it is. And so, we interrupt our usual greeting for a public service announcement: a vaccine is only […]

Opinion: Listen: A journalist on what the Vietnam War taught us about addiction

In this week’s episode of the “First Opinion Podcast,” science journalist and author Lauren Aguirre talks about a study of soldiers returning from Vietnam whose unexpected results shed light on the nature of addiction and the position of opioids in an array of other widely misused legal and illegal drugs. “If we were to wipe […]

Opinion: Cancer killed my mother, brother, and sisters. As the longest-living member of my family, I was determined to understand why

July 10 was a bittersweet and emotional day for me this year, one I had marked on my calendar long before it arrived. It was the date, at 69 years and 30 days, that I became the longest living member of my family. I was then one day older than my brother when he died. My […]

‘There is a real cost’: As Covid shows, barring bedside visitors from ICU deprives patients of the best care

For Teresa Ciappa, home was other people — and for the people in her life, Teresa Ciappa was home. Teresa hemmed pants, crocheted booties, and decorated wedding cakes for anyone who asked, and many who didn’t. To her five grandchildren, whose teddy bears she lovingly patched up, the sunny Italian emigrant was “Dr. Nonni.” Among […]

STAT+: For the first time ever, Lander’s White House science office will have an entire wing dedicated to health

WASHINGTON — Eric Lander, the renowned genomics researcher, has kept a low profile in his first months as President Biden’s science adviser. He’s given no speeches, issued no reports, and published virtually no public-facing work of any kind. Quietly, though, Lander has been busy reinventing the White House’s science office. He’s building a new wing, […]

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