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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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AIR 340B: New Analysis Shows Most 340B Hospitals Provide Little Charity Care

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Today, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) released a new report, showing that a substantial portion of hospitals enrolled in the 340B drug discount program provide only the barest amount of charity care, and as such they are not fulfilling Congress’ expectations about the program. Congress created the program in 1992 to help uninsured indigent patients gain better access to prescription medicines. The original intention of the program was to provide Read More >

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Vaccines: Cold Case

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At the upcoming BIO International Convention, vaccines experts will come together to discuss key infectious diseases for which preventive vaccines have eluded researchers.  Panelists will discuss two “cold case” diseases where vaccines are currently in development.  Panelists will share new information related to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and dengue fever vaccines.  The panel will review the ‘lessons learned,’ the impact new technologies have had on conquering these diseases and examine the recent efforts to develop Read More >

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FDA: Vaccines a Critical Tool in Protecting and Promoting Public Health

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Yesterday, Dr. Karen Midthun of the FDA wrote about the important role of vaccines in promoting public health: Vaccines are a critical tool in protecting and promoting the public health in the U.S. and around the world. The risks from childhood diseases like measles, mumps and polio have been greatly reduced, or in the case of polio, eliminated in the U.S. Vaccines are one of the great public health success stories of the 20th century. Dr. Midlun Read More >

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Promising News for Babies Born HIV-Positive

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This week, scientists announced that they have cleared HIV in a Long Beach, Calif.-baby who doctors confirmed was infected with the virus at the time of birth. Last year, doctors reported that a baby in Mississippi had been cleared of the virus after receiving aggressive drug treatment 30 hours after birth. The most recent announcement is particularly significant because the latest baby was confirmed to have the virus and doctors immediately started the baby on Read More >

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