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Acceleration Is Forecast for Spending on Health

Acceleration Is Forecast for Spending on Health | Issue Update Friday | Scoop.it

NYTimes - The Affordable Care Act may well be on track to meeting its primary goal, but reining in health care spending still appears well beyond the grasp of the law.

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Pfizer complains about India’s intellectual property regime again

Pfizer complains about India’s intellectual property regime again | Issue Update Friday | Scoop.it

India Times - In a letter, US pharma giant Pfizer has urged the Indian government to “shift from using destructive IP policy as an access strategy”.

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Study Shows Medicare Part D Program Tied to Reduced Hospital Visits

Study Shows Medicare Part D Program Tied to Reduced Hospital Visits | Issue Update Friday | Scoop.it

Policy and Medicine - Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Johns Hopkins University found that Medicare Part D's prescription drug program has reduced hospital visits among seniors. The study compared national records from before and after 2006, when Medicare Part D kicked in. The researchers found that drug coverage was associated with an 8 percent drop in hospital admissions and nearly as much in hospital-cost savings, an amount they calculate to be $1.5 billion a year. 

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HAZEL: Discount drug program for low income families not benefitting patients in need

Your Houston News - Some well-heeled hospitals and pharmacies are benefiting from an important public program that was actually meant to help low-income Americans afford needed medications. Lawmakers in Washington are now taking steps to stop this abuse. With 15 percent of the population in the United States – some 24 percent in Texas – lacking health insurance, let's hope these policymakers are successful.

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Google exec figures pharma could go viral on YouTube--if it tried

Google exec figures pharma could go viral on YouTube--if it tried | Issue Update Friday | Scoop.it

Fierce Pharma Marketing - David Blair, who heads up a healthcare-focused digital marketing team at Google, figures pharma can use YouTube a lot more--and to greater effect. As MedCity News reports, online media reached a milestone last fall, when Americans spent more time surfing the Internet than they did watching TV. Plus, television is increasingly fragmented, with more than half of all viewership on very small networks. That may allow precise targeting of audiences, but not a lot of depth.

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The Misleading Debate About The Corporate Income Tax

The Misleading Debate About The Corporate Income Tax | Issue Update Friday | Scoop.it

Forbes - A recent Tax Foundation study argues that focusing on corporate tax revenues misses the point and that overall, federal taxes on businesses have not fallen that much.

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How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer

How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer | Issue Update Friday | Scoop.it

The Daily Beast - Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’

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