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Today’s America Pharmaceutical Industry Dilemma: An International Comparison

By   3 months ago

In an America where everything has become practically unaffordable: a college education, proper housing, energy, etc., it is unfortunate that healthcare, perhaps the most important of them all, has become unaffordable as well. Many people intuitively believe that this is … Continue Reading

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The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Trojan Horse How drug companies use psychological tools to increase drug prices

By   3 months ago

The pharmaceutical industry, like any good magician, knows not to reveal his or her

secrets. Some of the industry’s secrets are grounded in psychology and behavioral economics.

These fields can provide perspective into the nature of drug prices and how … Continue Reading

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Op Ed: Indiana’s Innovative Medicaid Expansion and the Future Structure of Medicaid

By   2 years ago

When the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, all eyes were on the individual mandate. When it survived the challenge, the law’s liberal supporters declared victory. Under

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Hospital Mergers & Antitrust Laws in the Age of the ACA

By   2 years ago

In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, changing the landscape of the American healthcare system forever. One of those changes constitutes an increase in hospital mergers and acquisitions by encouraging collaborative care; the ACA offers financial … Continue Reading

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    Op Ed: Indiana’s Innovative Medicaid Expansion and the Future Structure of Medicaid

    By   2 years ago

    When the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, all eyes were on the individual mandate. When it survived the challenge, the law’s liberal supporters declared victory. Under

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    Hospital Mergers & Antitrust Laws in the Age of the ACA

    By   2 years ago

    In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, changing the landscape of the American healthcare system forever. One of those changes constitutes an increase in hospital mergers and acquisitions by encouraging collaborative care; the ACA offers financial … Continue Reading

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    The Global Debate Over Mass Deworming

    By   2 years ago

    The morning bell rings. One hundred children line up behind a desk.

    It’s National Deworming Day.

    One at a time, each child steps up and holds a hand out over the desk. A teacher drops a tablet into the child’s … Continue Reading

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    Considering Connecticut Youth Forced Into Chemotherapy

    By   2 years ago

    In September 2014, a 17 year old Connecticut teenager identified in court documents only as “Cassandra C” was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and ordered by the state to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the disease. After … Continue Reading

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      Interview with Yvette Fontenot

      By   3 years ago

      Yvette Fontenot is a partner at Avenue Solutions, a democratic government affairs firm that offers strategic advice, policy development, and counsel in federal legislative and executive areas. She previously held the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Health Continue Reading

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      How the Health Impact Fund is Tied to the American Pharmaceutical Industry: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Pogge

      By   3 years ago

      Dr. Thomas Pogge is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. He is currently the Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale University’s MacMillan Center, which focuses on several projects including developing and implementing a … Continue Reading

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      From Accidental to Transformational: An Interview with Pete Stark, Former Chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Heath Care

      By   3 years ago

      If you could define Pete Stark in one word, it would be accidental. According to Mr. Stark’s autobiography from his personal website, from being born eight months after his parents married to flunking out of MIT (and promptly returning) to … Continue Reading

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      Interview with Dr. Mark Fishman ’72, President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

      By   4 years ago

      Dr. Mark Fishman ’72 is the President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, the research branch of the pharmaceutical company Novartis. Before joining Novartis in 2002, Dr. Fishman was chief of cardiology and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a medical professor at Harvard Medical School. Read More →

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        Hospital Mergers & Antitrust Laws in the Age of the ACA

        By   2 years ago

        In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, changing the landscape of the American healthcare system forever. One of those changes constitutes an increase in hospital mergers and acquisitions by encouraging collaborative care; the ACA offers financial … Continue Reading

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        Considering Connecticut Youth Forced Into Chemotherapy

        By   2 years ago

        In September 2014, a 17 year old Connecticut teenager identified in court documents only as “Cassandra C” was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and ordered by the state to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the disease. After … Continue Reading

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        King v. Burwell: How Potent is the Latest Threat to Obamacare?

        By   2 years ago

        On March 4th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for King v. Burwell, the latest case that threatens to derail the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The act was intended to reduce the number of uninsured people in two

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        Abortion Legislation in Texas

        By   2 years ago

        On July 18, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2, “an act relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities; providing penalties”, into law, introducing four new restrictions regarding abortion. The first regulation prohibited all abortions … Continue Reading

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          Insufficient Efficacy Progress in the FDA Drug Approval Process

          By   2 years ago

          The FDA is often criticized for the length and ardor of its drug approval process. Its critics often point to lives that could have been saved by drugs approved more quickly, which although quite possibly true, does not necessarily warrant … Continue Reading

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          Are Multivitamins Worth It?

          By   3 years ago

          “I think it’s important,” my friend insisted as he swallowed a vitamin that looked a lot like a gummy bear, “Cover your bases, you know.” Indeed the logic behind supplementary vitamin use seems sound at first glance. The idea is … Continue Reading

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          High Pharmaceutical Prices More Than Supply and Demand

          By   3 years ago

          In October 2012, doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center released a statement to the New York Times indicating that they would opt out of administering a new drug to their patients. They argued that at $11,063 a month, the drug … Continue Reading

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          Pharmaceutical Copying: Patent Conflicts in the Developing World

          By   3 years ago

          Increases in the price of pharmaceuticals sold by companies like Bayer and Pfizer have driven developing countries to develop cheaper and more accessible drug copies. The World Health Organization estimates that low and middle-income countries have only 35% of the … Continue Reading

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            Defunding Planned Parenthood

            By   1 year ago

            Escalating tensions between the G.O.P and Planned Parenthood has many Planned Parenthood chapters fighting for funding from their states. Over the past couple of months, an increasing number of states have passed laws that attempt to defund these local chapters, … Continue Reading

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            The Global Debate Over Mass Deworming

            By   2 years ago

            The morning bell rings. One hundred children line up behind a desk.

            It’s National Deworming Day.

            One at a time, each child steps up and holds a hand out over the desk. A teacher drops a tablet into the child’s … Continue Reading

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            Breaking from the Herd: Struggling with Anti-Vaxxers

            By   2 years ago

            The first report came this year on January 7: seven confirmed cases of measles in Disneyland. Slowly the numbers rose. Then, there were twenty-six cases, twenty-two of which were linked to the original outbreak in Disneyland. By the beginning of … Continue Reading

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            Climate Change and Public Health

            By   2 years ago

            Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on September 21, 2014 for the People’s Climate March, demanding global action to address climate change. The event took place two days before the UN Climate Summit, … Continue Reading

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