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Posts tagged with "Press Coverage"

  • Cancer

    Better, Faster, More Comprehensive Manure Distribution

    So today brings news that Microsoft is working on curing cancer in the next five or ten years. That, I’m sure, will come as a relief, especially to those people who’ve had the company’s software crash on them recently. For some reason, the UK press is especially susceptible to Amazing Cancer Cure stories (and to… Read More
  • Cancer

    Precision Oncology Isn’t Quite There Yet

    Here’s a gauntlet thrown down – let’s see how many people show up to the duel. Vinay Prasad has a piece in Nature titled “The Precision Oncology Illusion”, with the subhead saying “Precision oncology has not been shown to work, and perhaps it never will”. (Here’s Prasad earlier this year, with co-auth… Read More
  • Analytical Chemistry

    Not So Verily

    The folks at Stat clearly have some good sources inside Google’s Verily startup. They ran a story back in March about problems with the CEO (blogged about here), and now they’re back with more opinion from within. This piece has a number of people expressing dissatisfaction with how Verily’s three big projects are actually going… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Getting the Indian Drug Scandals Straight

    An old colleague of mine sent along this story from India. It’s about the problems that GVK Bio had in 2015, which led to all sorts of consequences: In October this year, a national newspaper in India ran a front page news item with the headline “A love story that cost GVK its international reputation”. The story… Read More
  • Cancer

    Antibiotics: Not As Easy As They Say

    Since we were just talking yesterday about antibiotics and the misconceptions that people have about them, this is an appropriate time to take a look at an article in the popular press about antibiotic discovery. (Vice.com counts as “popular press”, for sure). The article focuses on the work of Brian Murphy at UI-Chicago, who’s do… Read More
  • Drug Development

    Idiocy On Drug Research Costs

    Here’s a piece from the Center for Economic and Policy Research that claims to have the whole high-drug-price problem figured out. It’s “incredibly inefficient research”, just so you know. How does the CEPR know, you ask? They do a comparison of the costs of research (as provided by the Center for the Study of Drug Developm… Read More
  • Press Coverage

    Statnews Launches

    I wanted to mention a new pharma/health news source, Statnews. This is a venture of the Boston Globe, recognizing that the Boston/Cambridge area has a massive presence in this field and that a dedicated news organization could do a lot here. They’ve assembled an excellent team of journalists, and anyone who’s followed science reporting… Read More
  • Cancer

    Revolutionary Miracle Breakthrough Cures

    Anyone who knows anything about drug research knows to beware terms like “miracle” or “breakthrough” when used to describe a possible new treatment. There are such things, but they’re out numbered by the press releases and clueless reports that describe every other result as an amazing advance in human knowledge. There… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Dying By the Sword

    There have been several developments in the T*ing/Valeant world, that supposedly risk-free gravy train where you wait for others to discover the drugs, then you take over and raise the prices. An outfit called Imprimis Pharmaceuticals is moving in on Daraprim (pyrimethamine), Martin Shkreli’s infamous fifty-fold price increase drug. Shkreli&# Read More
  • Drug Prices

    Shkreli, Turing, and PhRMA

    There have been a few developments in the Turing Pharmaceuticals affair. Martin Shkreli, after given several fantastically annoying interviews, finally reversed course and said that the company will lower the price of Daraprim (pyrimethamine). He is not, at the moment, saying what the price will be lowered to: perhaps to merely ten times the previo… Read More
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