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Healthcare Needs Transparency - Forbes

Healthcare Needs Transparency - Forbes | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Wikipedia The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) triggered a wave of mergers among health care providers that is creating regional juggernauts.
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Celgene deal hesitation costs it almost $7bn - FT.com

Celgene deal hesitation costs it almost $7bn - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
It turned out to be a mistake that cost almost $7bn. When Celgene’s chief executive, , announced his company was buying Receptos, a Californian biotech, for $7.2bn earlier this month, his jubilation must have been tempered by the knowledge that he
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Digital Health: Doctors Are Still Unsure How Apps Can Help Patients - ARC

Digital Health: Doctors Are Still Unsure How Apps Can Help Patients - ARC | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Doctors think digital health techniques like apps and wearables could help patients, they are just not sure how.
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25 Most Prescribed Drugs in the U.S.

25 Most Prescribed Drugs in the U.S. | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Prescription drugs are constantly in the news: talk of pharmaceutical company endorsements, the rising cost of drugs and doctors over-prescribing their patients have plagued news sites and late-night…
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Gilead's Greed That Kills

Gilead's Greed That Kills | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Gilead Sciences is an American pharmaceutical company driven by unquenchable greed. The company is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans with Hepatitis C to suffer unnecessarily and many of them to die as the result of its monopolistic practices, while public health programs face bankruptcy.
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Patients Seeking Alternatives to Statins May Undergo Rigorous Vetting

Patients Seeking Alternatives to Statins May Undergo Rigorous Vetting | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Patients who avoid taking statins for managing high cholesterol because of side effects face hurdles to costly new treatments like Praluent.
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Teva closes in on Allergan’s generics unit - FT.com

Teva closes in on Allergan’s generics unit - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Teva Pharmaceutical, the Israeli drugmaker, is nearing a deal to acquire Allergan’s generics drug unit for between $40bn and $45bn, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal, which one person said could be announced within days, would be
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Researchers say 'don't waste your time surfing' online medical symptom checkers

Researchers say 'don't waste your time surfing' online medical symptom checkers | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Online symptom checkers often misdiagnose patients’ problems.
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Who Are Patient Portals Really For? | THCB

Who Are Patient Portals Really For? | THCB | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
I find it remarkable that the industry pushes us so hard to use these patient portals, since they offer so little of value to meeting our health needs. With more portals launching every week, and an estimated $900 million spent on them annually by 2017, more and more “patients” will be asking themselves the question, “What am I supposed to do with this?”
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Does high TV ad rotation give patients the wrong idea about drugs?

Who carries more weight with patients: celebrities, models or real people? What one change would influential patients make to pharma's advertising? WEGO Health tried to get some answers from high-profile patients.

Richard Meyer's insight:

In a study focusing on "patient influencers"--those who lead disease groups or online awareness sites, among others--WEGO focused mainly on ways drugmakers can or should develop relationships with patients. But as Medical Marketing & Media reports, the respondents also sounded off on DTC advertising and promotions.

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Anthem closes in on $48bn Cigna takeover - FT.com

Anthem closes in on $48bn Cigna takeover - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Anthem is close to acquiring Cigna for more than $48bn, in what would be the second health-insurance deal to be spurred as a direct reaction to Obamacare. Anthem would value Cigna at $187 per share, said people involved in the negotiations. However,
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The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper

The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
New entrants and established players are racing to create the next generation of medical products and services.
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What do you do when your prescription costs $34,000 a year?

What do you do when your prescription costs $34,000 a year? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Some states try to find ways to make medicines more affordable.
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Survey: 59% of Healthcare Orgs Lack Digital Health Strategy -

Survey: 59% of Healthcare Orgs Lack Digital Health Strategy - | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
59% of healthcare organizations are either behind schedule with their digital health strategy or have no digital health strategy currently in place.
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Novartis Looking at Ways to Win Over Cost-concerned Health Insurers

Novartis Looking at Ways to Win Over Cost-concerned Health Insurers | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Novartis AG might offer a bundle of health-care services alongside its promising new heart-failure drug to win over increasingly cost-conscious insurers, its chief executive said.
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Should DTC marketers put away their marketing hats?

Should DTC marketers put away their marketing hats? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Pharma companies need to put themselves in the patient's shoes and provide clear, helpful content at what is often a worrying and stressful time. Richard Meyer offers some useful pointers. In recent market research, an oncologist said that, when...
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Hard-hit Biogen needs to act fast, analysts say--or beware its deal-hungry peers

Hard-hit Biogen needs to act fast, analysts say--or beware its deal-hungry peers | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Last week was a less-than-ideal one for Biogen--and the Massachusetts company may risk becoming deal bait if it doesn't do something about it quickly.
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Allergan signals appetite for new mega deal after $41bn disposal - FT.com

Allergan signals appetite for new mega deal after $41bn disposal - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
It is just over a year since Brent Saunders became chief executive of Allergan, then known as Actavis, but he has changed the company beyond recognition. First up was his acquisition of Botox owner Allergan for $70bn last year, and the adoption of
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Anthem-Cigna Deal Is Bad For Doctors On Obamacare Networks

Anthem-Cigna Deal Is Bad For Doctors On Obamacare Networks | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
News that Anthem (ANTM) will buy Cigna (CI) for $54 billion-- a deal that closely follows the proposed merger of Aetna (AET) and Humana (HUM) -- will intensify regulators’ focus on antitrust issues in the health insurance industry. Because Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna creates the nation’s largest health insurer with [...]
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The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer

The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.
The result will be good for their...
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Conclusion: Is Healthcare Really so Expensive?

Conclusion: Is Healthcare Really so Expensive? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
My goal for this website was to try to understand a system that has an enormous financial impact on everyone, but makes almost no sense to anyone. It's a system with hidden costs, enormous mark…
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Shire still on the hunt for acquisitions - FT.com

Shire still on the hunt for acquisitions - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Shire, the UK-listed drugmaker, still sees opportunities for growth-boosting acquisitions despite the surge in valuations in the sector, according to its chief executive. Flemming Ornskov said the group continued to hunt for deals — big and small —
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Investors join push for more transparency on drug trials - FT.com

Investors join push for more transparency on drug trials - FT.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Dozens of big investors have backed a campaign by British activists for more transparency in the pharmaceuticals industry. BNP Paribas and Aviva Investors are among 85 pension funds and asset managers from Europe, the US and Australia urging
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Breakthrough allows Type I diabetics to live without insulin injections

Breakthrough allows Type I diabetics to live without insulin injections | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The MUHC hopes it will become a centre of excellence for the procedure — known as an islet transplant — for eastern Quebec and the northeast United States.
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