Editor’s Note: Looking Ahead to a Troubling Topic
Sep30

Editor’s Note: Looking Ahead to a Troubling Topic

Last month we introduced a new column by the good folks at Leadership Upper Valley, the Vital Communities program that lets business and community leaders take a close look at regional issues, such as agriculture, energy and transportation, and works to build networks and inspire constructive engagement in the community. That column provided an upbeat overview of the program and its goals. Next month, the column will take a look at a...

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Uproar Puts Drug Pricing in Spotlight

Martin Shkreli is health care’s Gordon Gekko, its wolf of Wall Street, the symbol of all that makes people uneasy about an industry that seeks to make money by selling treatments while vowing to care only about the well-being of vulnerable patients. For days, a seething social media mob backed by an opportunistic politician or two has hammered the swaggering, 32-year-old “pharma bro” who jacked up the price of an obscure but critical...

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Drugmakers Earn Poor Reputation
Sep06

Drugmakers Earn Poor Reputation

Are you befuddled by the cost of prescription drugs? There may be a legitimate reason. “It’s certainly not an efficient market,” Jason Doctor, an associate professor of pharmaceutical and health economics at USC, said about prescription drug prices. “If it was, you would see only one price for each drug at drugstores, and you don’t.” Worse, folks believe that prices for many drugs, both name-brand and generic, keep going up. According...

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Drug Industry Links Run Deep In the Field of Sexual Medicine
Aug23

Drug Industry Links Run Deep In the Field of Sexual Medicine

Washington — How do you measure sexual desire? If you’re a drugmaker trying to win approval for a medication to boost female libido, it might come down to two questions on a medical questionnaire. Those questions made the difference for Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which received federal approval Tuesday for Addyi, the first pill for women who suffer from a loss of sexual appetite. But the history and development of that questionnaire —...

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