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Recon: Louisiana Adopts ‘Netflix’ Model to Pay for Hepatitis C Drugs

Posted 11 January 2019 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: Louisiana Adopts ‘Netflix’ Model to Pay for Hepatitis C Drugs

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In Focus: US
  • Samsung Faces Resistance From Big Pharma in the U.S. (WSJ)
  • J&J raises U.S. prices on around two dozen drugs (Reuters) (BioPharma Dive)
  • Louisiana adopts ‘Netflix’ model to pay for hepatitis C drugs (The Washington Post) (STAT-$)
  • Teva shells out $135M to wrap Illinois AG's Medicaid pricing fraud suit (Fierce)
  • US FDA's Biosimilars Chief Leah Christl Plans Departure (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Uncertainty Grows for Biotech as Government, FDA Shutdown Drags On (Xconomy)
  • Government shutdown slows FDA inspections, food safety watchdogs warn of outbreak risks (CNBC)
  • Awak Technologies wins FDA breakthrough designation for portable PD device (MassDevice)
  • Drug pricing advocates to spend $1M on ads supporting Trump proposal (STAT)
  • Fed up with high prices, drug shortages, Advocate and other hospitals create not-for-profit drug company (Chicago Tribune)
  • M&A, IPOs and VC raises: Biotech and medtech executives look to their crystal balls for 2019 (Fierce)
In Focus: International
  • China talks pharma with India, but buys cheap drugs from other countries (Hindustan Times)
  • Flagship names ex-Roche SVP as CEO of cancer startup Cygnal (Fierce)
  • hVIVO preps phase 3 for ‘universal’ flu vaccine (Fierce)
  • EUSA Pharma buys rights to Janssen rare disease drug (pharmaphorum)
  • Health Canada places restrictions on Allergan's fibroid treatment Esmya (Reuters)
  • FT Health: Key moment for the NHS (Financial Times)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Big Pharma Faces the Curse of the Billion-Dollar Blockbuster (Bloomberg)
  • Big pharma raises bet on biotech as frontier for growth (San Francisco Business Times-$)
  • Blockchain to Secure a More Personalized Pharma (GEN)
  • So what did we learn from JPMorgan week? Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride (Endpoints)
  • A Drug That Eases Miscarriages Is Difficult For Women To Get (NPR)
  • Sanofi-Genzyme inappropriately sought confidential patient information, suit alleges (STAT-$)
  • Regeneron CEO: ‘We need a carrot-and-stick system’ to balance pricing and innovation (STAT-$)
  • Want to buy Clovis? Step up. ‘Everybody knows where to find me,’ CEO says (Fierce)
  • Orchard Therapeutics' 2019: Pipeline progress, breaking ground on its $90M manufacturing site (Fierce)
  • Computational scientists design a new IL-2 cancer drug and spin it out into a biotech startup (Endpoints)
  • Drug Research and Review Issues on Radar at FDA (PharmExec)
  • Biotech stocks are off to the best start of the year since 2012 on heels of J.P. Morgan conference (CNBC)
  • A Boston biotech takes on a challenge most companies have avoided: making a better schizophrenia drug (Boston Globe)
  • Biosimilars in the US: Rising applications and approval rates (BioPharma-Reporter)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • FDA Won't Add Black Box Warning To Blood Thinner Plavix (Law360-$)
  • Ocular Therapeutix seeks second indication for drug-delivery eye insert (DDBN)
  • Adding a 'switch' to Cas9 to make CRISPR gene editing safer (Fierce)
  • Early research suggests existing drugs could strangle building blocks of metastasis (Endpoints)
  • New leukemia drug is more effective and easier to use (Press)
  • Black Diamond Therapeutics raises $85M in Series B funding (MedCity News)
  • New England Journal of Medicine publishes positive results of the pivotal trial of Cablivi (caplacizumab) for rare blood clotting disorder (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Third Party Review Organization Performance Report (FDA)
  • PQ Bypass raises $60M to fund PAD Detour graft tech (Fierce)
  • Empatica gets FDA clearance for epilepsy monitor in children (Medtech Dive)
  • Cantel Medical acquires dental tech dev Vista Research Group for $11m (MassDevice)
  • Tela Bio, Aroa Biosurgery win FDA nod for large-size OviTex bioscaffolds (MassDevice)
  • Digital health is attracting huge investments, but will patients buy it? (STAT-$)
  • Biodegradable Implantable Blood Flow Sensor (Medgadget)
  • Medtronic, Boston Scientific stand by stents despite critical study (Star Tribune)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Azar looking for new policy adviser as Parente nomination dies (Politico)
  • Net Effect of Expanding Medicaid (The Health Care Blog)
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Among Women Aged 30–64 Years — United States, 1999–2017 (CDC)
  • Up to 84,000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months: CDC (Reuters) (CDC)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Patient Safety in the NHS: Opening the Door to Change (Bill of Health)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • What I Learned From Cancer (The Atlantic)
  • Hospital Mergers Get Even Bigger As Seller Size Hits $400M (Forbes)
  • Man gets 10 years for cyberattack on children’s hospital (AP News)
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