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Posts tagged with "Drug Prices"

  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    A Call For Academic Drug Companies

    An editorial in Cell asks “How Much Longer Will We Put Up With $100,000 Cancer Drugs?” I’m of two minds on questions like that. OK, three minds. The immediate impulse, not an honorable one, is to respond with pure snark, which is always tempting, in the vein of “If you can keep your company going… Read More
  • Drug Prices

    Those Australian Students And Their Daraprim

    OK, enough people have emailed me the press coverage of the students in Sydney making daraprim, which is the drug that Martin Shkreli’s former firm has famously jacked up the price of. From what I can see, a lot of the news stories on this are missing the point. Daraprim is not hard to make in… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    More from the Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative

    My recent post on the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) brought some emails from Robert Don at the organization. He has more details on the sleeping sickness project – pointing out, for example, that the contribution from Scynexis was not pro bono, as I’d assumed: We actually contracted a team of 10 chemists at… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Read These Before You Write That Op-Ed

    I’m conferencing today in Manchester, with less time to blog than usual. But I wanted to strongly recommend a couple of other posts this morning: first off, Bruce Booth’s on innovation and its flip side, exploitation, in the drug business. A good complementary post is this one at SlateStarCodex, which goes into detail, with great… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    The Impact of Various Countries on Biopharma – Or Not

    Here’s a report looking at biopharma by country, and ranking countries based on how good an environment they provide for the industry. The three big criteria are how much their governments spend on R&D, specifically life sciences and medical R&D, how closely they regulate pharmaceutical prices, and how strong their intellectual proper… Read More
  • Drug Prices

    Generics Get Cheaper, As They Should

    Here’s a useful perspective from Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution: several recent studies have concluded that, over the last several years, generic drug prices as a whole have continued to decrease. That’s how it’s supposed to be: all those prescription drugs whose prices seem ridiculous are (eventually) doomed. They’ll… Read More
  • Drug Prices

    Update on Catalyst Pharmaceuticals

    I wanted to update readers on Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, whom I first wrote about here. They’re the ones who have been planning 3,4-diaminopyridine (DAP), a therapy for a rare disorder called Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome which is currently being provided at no cost, and run it through the FDA’s regulatory process so as to get market… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Someone Is Not Telling the Truth About Valeant

    Time to catch up briefly on one of everybody’s favorite drug companies, Valeant. Back in October, there was a lot of arguing going on about the company’s business model, and their apparent use of, well. . .creative techniques to make sure that as many prescriptions as possible were filled for their portfolio of very pricy… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Compassion, Drug Prices, and Money

    A number of people have sent along this article from The Guardian. It’s about Jamie Love, a campaigner for cheaper pharmaceuticals. It’s a long, well-written piece, and I’ll summarize it only by saying that Love is very much opposed to the patent system, is very much a fan of compulsory licensing, and is clearly very… Read More
  • Drug Prices

    The AG of Massachusetts Has No Chance Against Gilead

    Drug prices too high? Why not just have the state Attorney General’s office set them for you? That’s what I’m taking away from this story. Maura Healy, AG of Massachusetts, is firing a warning shot at Gilead over the pricing of their HepC drugs. Her office is apparently considering whether Gilead is engaging in an… Read More