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News Roundup, July 2015: CVS Health, Allergan, Specialty Pharmacies, and Amy Schumer

The hot and hazy days of summer are here. Cool off with my refreshing selection of articles that cut through the steamy haze. In this issue: A handy primer on CVS Health’s history and strategy Allergan’s CEO explains how channel consolidation...Show More Summary

Advertising The Future Health Care Marketplace

By MITCH ROTHSCHILD Looking out the train window at a NJ Transit Coastline stop, I saw the future of shopping in health care. On the platform were side-by-side advertisements for health plans. Typically the domain of Broadway shows, mobile carriers and whiskey makers, seeing not one, but two insurance companies vie for mind space among

At 50, Medicare and Medicaid Face the Challenge of a New Generation of Super-Expensive Drugs

By STEVEN FINDLAY Happy birthday Medicare and Medicaid!   Fifty years old today.   Middle age.  Congratulations.  You’ve survived a lot—and 76 million baby boomers and 60 million low-income Americans are mighty glad you’re still around, covering one in three Americans, with solvency until 2030 at last accounting. Unfortunately, the challenges are not going to let up. 

New Optical Technology Adds Zoom, Auto Focus to Endoscopes

Modern clinical endoscopes are still limited in their ability to visualize difficult to reach areas. Some endoscopes have zooming and auto-focus features, but the extra necessary components are making them bulkier. Now researchers at...Show More Summary

ReShape Dual Balloon Non-Surgical Alternative to Stomach Stapling FDA Approved

ReShape Medical‘s dual-balloon weight loss system has been approved by the FDA as an option for patients who have contraindication for or looking to avoid traditional bariatric surgery. The ReShape procedure doesn’t involve any surgery and is completely reversible. Show More Summary

The Move is Nigh

The day for the big Pipeline move is almost at hand! Friday's posts here will be the last on the Corante site, and the new one at Science Translational Medicine will go live on Monday morning. I'll post the new URL shortly. I wantedShow More Summary

Another Alzheimer's IPO

I've been saying a lot of unkind things about Axovant, the insta-company that's taking a discarded GSK Alzheimer's candidate and running with it. But thanks to Adam Feuerstein, I have another company to roll my eyes about. They have a completely different Alzheimer's plan - they've taken a discarded Pfizer candidate and are running with it. Show More Summary

Entresto, Blockbuster, or Just Over Hyped? - Whatever, It Will Cost $4500 a Year

The newest drug for congestive heart failure, Entresto, a fixed combination of valsartan and sacubitril, has just hit the market at an elevated price. Like other drugs recently introduced as blockbusters, the high price does not seem clearly justified by clinical evidence about the drug's benefits and harms. Show More Summary

Livongo Health Uses Big Data to Advance Diabetes Care

Liaison Technologies, an industry-recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management offerings, today announced that its ALLOY Health™ platform has been chosen by Livongo Health™ to speed adoption of Livongo’s chronic condition health management program. Show More Summary

Kareo Raises $55M to Expand Small Physician Practice EHR

  Kareo, a cloud-based EHR provider for independent medical practices has closed $55.4 million in additional funding led by Montreux Equity Partners with participation from Silver Lake Partners and all of Kareo’s existing investors.Show More Summary

Former Teva Employee Blames Firing on Helping Feds With Bribery Probe

A former Teva employee claims she was fired for helping U.S. officials with their investigation into FCPA violations.

Pharmalot.. Pharmalittle.. Good Morning: We’re Catching up on Glaxo, MannKind and Lots More!!

Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? The heat continues to rise higher here on the Pharmalot campus, where we are hoping for storm clouds to wash away the humidity that has so far characterized the past few days. One can dream,...Show More Summary

KLAS Announces Top-Performing Vendors in 2015 Midterm Performance Review: Software & Services Report

Thousands of healthcare providers at physician offices, clinics, hospitals and IDNs in Northern America weighed in to provide feedback about healthcare technology software vendors in 93 market segments. The KLAS 2015 Midterm Performance...Show More Summary

The Long March Toward Medicare

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Health Trackers Are Changing The Experience of Pregnancy

The revolution of health tracking is getting closer to pregnancy with every new device or gadget that is designed to help expectant mothers measure health parameters about themselves or their babies. With my wife, we are looking forward to having kids as soon as possible and I won’t be able to resist the temptation to […]

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of July 2015

Kathy and I have been hard at work with our University of Massachusetts coursework on farming and sustainability. Our first course, Post-harvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables, has been a rigorous combination of science and practical experience. Show More Summary

The sick and the dying can be found in hospitals of any size. Don’t forget that.

I have worked in a lot of hospitals over the past two years. Quite a few of the facilities have been critical access hospitals, which is to say that they are very small, typically having fewer than 25 inpatient beds, and are usually somewhere in the boonies. A number of characteristics allow a hospital to […]

Fruit and vegetable servings and mortality

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }a:link { } From a recent BMJ meta-analysis: Results Sixteen prospective cohort studies were eligible in this meta-analysis. During follow-up periods ranging from 4.6 to 26 years there were 56?423 deaths (11?512 from cardiovascular disease and 16?817 from cancer) among 833?234 participants. Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was

2016 Budget -Leaders have a Retreat and We Have A COAG Meeting! Not Much Substantive Happened.

July 30 EditionBudget Night was May 12, 2015. We now await economic and activity data reporting to see how successful it was. Interestingly there are some early indications the small-business stimuli might be working.Parliament has risen so we are in for a few quiet weeks. Show More Summary

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