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The Cancer Death-Panel App

Annie Cavanagh. Wellcome Images

In an article for the New York Post, Robert Goldberg, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, wrote about an app that will use an algorithm like those health plans apply to limit access to innovative treatments: “At ASCO’s national conference, Dr. Lee Newcomer, United Healthcare’s medical director, said the ‘motives [of insurers] are viewed with suspicion when it comes to deciding whether a treatment is cost-effective. So having ASCO play Read More >

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What’s Behind the Rise in Executive Liability Insurance Prices?

Joe Haltman

What do gas, milk, bacon, electricity and now your Directors and Officers Liability Insurance coverage have in common? It may sound like the start of a bad joke but, in fact, they’re all goods or services that cost more than they used to. Some of you may have noticed that the price of Directors and Officers Liability, or D&O Insurance, is going up. Companies and organizations across the biotechnology sector are seeing price increases, with Read More >

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PTO Genetic Testing Study: What’s Patents Got to Do with It

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The USPTO held a hearing on February 16 to collect testimony from interested parties to discuss factors affecting the availability of confirmatory, or second opinion, genetic testing.  However, the hearing quickly devolved into testimonies addressing so called ‘gene patents’ and genetic testing more broadly. Dr. Hans Sauer testified on behalf of BIO and first raised the question whether there is in fact patient demand for an ‘independent second opinion genetic test.’  While doctors would likely Read More >

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