Tag: policy

March 2017
Week of MarchMar
20th
2017
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March madness; catastrophic cuts; embryo ethics

by  /  24 March 2017

Clashing visions for the March for Science are muddying the event’s message, biomedical funding cuts do not put America first, and a rule restricting research on human embryos needs a revamp.

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, center, talks with Committee Chairman Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 21 March 2017.  Pablo Martinez Monsivais  / AP Photo
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U.S. government plans to probe orphan drug program

by ,  /  23 March 2017

Acting on a request from three influential U.S. senators, the government’s accountability arm confirmed that it will investigate potential abuses of the Orphan Drug Act.

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Copies of President Trump's America First budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office bookstore in Washington, D.C., 16 March 2017. Shawn Thew / Newscom
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Proposed cuts to funds for U.S. biomedical research shock scientists

by ,  /  22 March 2017

President Trump’s spending plan — running into opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike — would cut about 20 percent of the roughly $30 billion budget of the U.S. medical research agency.

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Week of MarchMar
13th
2017
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Funding free fall; mending mutations; film focus

by  /  17 March 2017

Donald Trump’s budget blueprint calls for considerable cuts to science agencies, CRISPR corrects mutations in human embryos, and a documentary highlights the challenges faced by an adult with autism.

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Three women blinded by experimental stem-cell treatment

by ,  /  16 March 2017

Two of the women mistakenly thought they were participating in a clinical trial, as the procedure was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website.

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Scott Gottlieb, left, and Safeway Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Byrd, listen to testimony on Capitol Hill in  2009, during the Senate Health Committee's healthcare roundtable. Harry Hamburg / AP Photo
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Trump’s choice to run food and drug agency has pharma connections

by ,  /  16 March 2017

Scott Gottlieb, nominated to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deep ties to industry, and has worn many other hats in his career.

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Virtual doctor visits may not reduce healthcare spending

by ,  /  13 March 2017

Telehealth services may boost access to care, but they don’t save money, according to a new study.

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Week of MarchMar
6th
2017
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Celebrating women; transplant trouble; amazing images

by  /  10 March 2017

Scientists recognize women’s contributions, ‘autism’ can be a strike against a person awaiting organ transplant, and stunning science snapshots show cells, squid and sections of the brain.

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Senators call for investigation into possible abuses of Orphan Drug Act

by , ,  /  8 March 2017

Building on weeks of mounting pressure to address high prescription drug prices, three influential U.S. senators have asked the government’s accountability arm to probe the orphan drug program for potential misuse.

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Most patient advocacy groups accept funding from pharma

by ,  /  2 March 2017

At least 83 percent of the United States’ largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug industry, and not all of them are transparent about it.

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