Latest From Ed Silverman
The pharma and biotech industry is waiting with bated breath for the decision from the US Supreme Court over a contentious case involving Amgen. The result of the SCOTUS decision could have a huge impact on drugmakers’ profits, commercial strategy, and industry innovation.
With new antibiotics a rare commodity, persistently inadequate reimbursement for innovations and worthy but often piecemeal pilots, antimicrobial resistance has quietly risen to become a factor in well over a million deaths annually. Now that COVID-19 is not the all-encompassing threat to health it was until fairly recently, AMR is once again moving towards the center of attention. But properly funded actions and mindset changes are needed.
Increasing scrutiny is being placed on trial sponsors and regulators to improve trial data reporting. Researchers complain that, without access to specific data, results cannot be easily duplicated, which inhibits greater understanding of how medicines might work, adversely affecting treatment decisions and health care costs. Are penalties and public reprimands enough to change behavior?
Exploring the continued controversy around the 340B US federal drug discount program. As the story moves into 2022, key questions remain unanswered.
The divide between developed and developing countries for access to health care innovations has been spotlighted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Civil society groups pile on the pressure.
The race to develop COVID-19 vaccines is intensifying long-standing debate over the ability of lower-income countries to gain affordable access to needed medical treatments. Patient advocates argue that drug makers and wealthy governments are striking deals that place poor countries at a disadvantage. The pharmaceutical industry, however, maintains it is moving as quickly as possible to not only discover safe and effective vaccines, but to enable equitable distribution.