Welcome to the New Drugwonks.com http://drugwonks.com/index DrugWonks.com | Debating Today's Drugs Policies en-us Thu, 06 Sep 2007 10:55:48 -0400 Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:20:34 -0400 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Psyclone WMS 4.4.9 info@drugwonks.com (drugwonks) cpernice@psycloneinc.com (Christopher Pernice) Two Patients Overcome Illness To Take On ICER http://drugwonks.com/blog/two-patients-overcome-illness-to-take-on-icer Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:48:11 -0500 http://drugwonks.com/blog/two-patients-overcome-illness-to-take-on-icer CREATES Act should be created equal http://drugwonks.com/blog/creates-act-should-be-created-equal Lawmakers are pushing forward with the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (Creates) Act. The bill’s sponsors hope a series of new legal provisions will make it easier for drug companies to introduce generic alternatives, thus spurring competition and bringing down prices. The bill is well-intentioned. Unfortunately, it’s also worded extremely poorly. Instead of bringing generics to market sooner, the bill could endanger patients’ lives and encourage costly, needless litigation. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:28:58 -0500 http://drugwonks.com/blog/creates-act-should-be-created-equal The PBM Sky Hook http://drugwonks.com/blog/the-pbm-sky-hook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s toughest fight wasn’t on a basketball court. In his early 60s, the six-time NBA champion was diagnosed with leukemia, the deadly blood cancer. Fortunately, Abdul-Jabbar had access to state-of-the-art medications, including the advanced drug Tasigna, which paralyzed his cancer cells and prevented further growth. Today, eight years after his initial diagnosis, Abdul-Jabbar is thriving and cancer-free. Unfortunately, many of today’s leukemia patients won’t be so lucky. CVS Health, the nation’s second-largest pharmacy benefit manager that oversees 65 million Americans’ drug plans, recently rescinded coverage for Tasigna –— and 130 other specialty drugs. Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:35:28 -0500 http://drugwonks.com/blog/the-pbm-sky-hook Alta Vista http://drugwonks.com/blog/alta-vista According to the latest report from the Altarum Institute, “moderate 2016 health spending growth continues a slow downward trend.” Unfortunately this doesn’t fit the narrative of those who want to talk about runaway trains – especially for pharmaceuticals. Fri, 04 Nov 2016 08:14:19 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/alta-vista Insurers to CMS, Congress: We Want More Rx Rebates So Give Us Total Control Over Medicare Drug Benefit http://drugwonks.com/blog/insurers-to-cms-congress-we-want-more-rx-rebates-so-give-us-total-control-over-medicare-drug-benefit Insurerspeak translated.. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:54:09 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/insurers-to-cms-congress-we-want-more-rx-rebates-so-give-us-total-control-over-medicare-drug-benefit Abusing the Privilege? http://drugwonks.com/blog/abusing-the-priviledge FDA, Industry Focus on Abuse-Deterrent Opioids No consensus immediately apparent after 2-day meeting FDA officials and representatives from both the generic and branded drug industries spent two days hashing out next steps for development of abuse-deterrent opioids. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 07:37:23 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/abusing-the-priviledge Lancet Oncology takes on Pharmacovigilance http://drugwonks.com/blog/lancet-oncology-takes-on-pharmacovigilance The November issue of Lancet Oncology focuses on pharmacovigilance and drug safety. The lead editorial drives home some key points: At a time when the number of biological agents due to come off patent is increasing, and in the face of a market fuelled by escalating drug prices and pressure from pharmaceutical companies and patient groups alike for expedited drug approval, issues surrounding the safety and efficacy of agents such as biosimilars and generics are paramount. Tue, 01 Nov 2016 11:24:01 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/lancet-oncology-takes-on-pharmacovigilance ICER Counts Lung Cancer Patients as 2/3 of a Healthy Person http://drugwonks.com/blog/icers-sins Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:39:45 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/icers-sins Bernie's Terrible Tweet http://drugwonks.com/blog/bernie-s-terrible-tweet In a recent tweet, Senator Bernie Sanders made it clear he’s upset about high drug prices. Less clear is that his righteous wrath will put patients in harm’s way. He proved yet again he’s uninformed about the facts and unconcerned about the unintended consequences of his actions. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:34:18 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/bernie-s-terrible-tweet Fact Checking Hillary on Drug Pricing http://drugwonks.com/blog/fact-checking-hillary-on-drug-pricing Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get a lot of flak for lying. But in Secretary Clinton’s latest speech on healthcare reform, she didn’t lie — she just got all her facts wrong. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:30:43 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/fact-checking-hillary-on-drug-pricing Clinton Campaign Considered Targeting FDA's Califf http://drugwonks.com/blog/clinton-campaign-considered-targeting-fda-s-califf Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:45:21 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/clinton-campaign-considered-targeting-fda-s-califf Insurance is Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Lose http://drugwonks.com/blog/insurance-is-just-another-word-for-nothing-left-to-lose Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:18:36 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/insurance-is-just-another-word-for-nothing-left-to-lose ​Limiting co-pay assistance is against medicine’s tradition of benevolence http://drugwonks.com/blog/limiting-co-pay-assistance-is-against-medicine-s-tradition-of-benevolence Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:43:54 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/limiting-co-pay-assistance-is-against-medicine-s-tradition-of-benevolence Insurers not covering new cancer treatments http://drugwonks.com/blog/insurers-not-covering-new-cancer-treatments Poor insurance coverage is causing cancer patients to miss out on cutting-edge technologies that use gene analysis to determine the best treatments — a fact a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration is calling another example of Obamacare’s failure to provide Americans with high-quality health care. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:49:31 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/insurers-not-covering-new-cancer-treatments Anthem Health Covers Massages But Not New Drug For Muscular Dystrophy http://drugwonks.com/blog/anthem-health-pays-for-massages-but-not-new-drug-for-muscular-dystrophy Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:20:10 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/anthem-health-pays-for-massages-but-not-new-drug-for-muscular-dystrophy Artificial Intelligence and 21st Century Pharmacovigilance http://drugwonks.com/blog/artificial-intelligence-and-21st-century-pharmacovigilance Artificial intelligence has an unimaginable potential. Within the next couple of years, it will revolutionize every area of our life, including medicine — and pharmacovigilance. Usually, we make sense of the world around us with the help of rules and processes that build up a system. The world of Big Data is so huge that we will need artificial intelligence to be able to keep track of it. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:01:07 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/artificial-intelligence-and-21st-century-pharmacovigilance Abuse Deterrent Opioids? Trick or Treat! http://drugwonks.com/blog/abuse-deterrent-opioids-trick-or-treat The FDA has announcing a public meeting to discuss scientific and technical issues relating to formulation development and pre-market evaluation of opioid drug products with abuse-deterrent properties Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:47:49 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/abuse-deterrent-opioids-trick-or-treat Amy's Army http://drugwonks.com/blog/amy-s-army Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:36:52 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/amy-s-army BMJ slings mud at FDA -- for shame! http://drugwonks.com/blog/bmj-slings-mud-at-fda-for-shame Any former FDAer who tried to inappropriately influence an agency decision on behalf of a client would become persona non grata – and rightly so. What the authors seem not to understand is that there’s a world of difference between expert navigation and conflicts of interest. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:56:28 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/bmj-slings-mud-at-fda-for-shame Will Mylan CEO School Congress On Rigged Drug Pricing System? http://drugwonks.com/blog/will-mylan-ceo-school-congress-on-rigged-drug-pricing-system Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:44:26 -0400 http://drugwonks.com/blog/will-mylan-ceo-school-congress-on-rigged-drug-pricing-system