Category Archives: Regulation

Orphan Drug Economics 101

Last month, the cost of a drug called Daraprim, used to treat a potentially life-threatening infection in cancer and AIDS patients, increased 5500% overnight. Daraprim is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a disease that is caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. … Continue reading

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Reefer Madness

While I was on the phone with a colleague from Denver last week, our conversation turned inevitably to the topic of marijuana. Colorado legalized recreational use of the drug via popular referendum in 2012, creating the world’s first fully regulated … Continue reading

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Sequester This

As many of us expected, our leaders in Washington were unable to overcome their ideological differences long enough to actually do something about the looming and manufactured deadline for federal budget cuts known as the ‘sequester’. Included as part of … Continue reading

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Annus Horribilis

In Great Britain, where much of my family is from and still lives, there is an annual tradition known as the Royal Christmas Message. Begun in 1932 by then King George V, the tradition has evolved into an annual event … Continue reading

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Objects in the Mirror May Be Grosser Than They Appear

Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable deaths in the US. Last year, nearly half a million people died of smoking-related illnesses like emphysema and lung cancer. That’s nearly one of every five deaths, a number that is greater … Continue reading

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Deadly Devices Done Dirt Cheap

A few weeks ago, the Institute of Medicine released a long-awaited report on how to improve the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) thirty-year-old system for reviewing and approving medical devices like hip implants, artificial knees, and external heart defibrillators. … Continue reading

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