New Alzheimer’s drug could be ‘devastating’ for Medicare

Politico, June 15, 2021: The controversial approval of the first drug to target Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years has been blasted by many experts, because the drug is not proven to work and will cost $56,000 per year. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the impact on Medicare is likely to be devastating,” said Diana Zuckerman, the president of the National Center for Health Research.

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Biden’s ‘end cancer’ pledge begs for environmental oversight

E&E News, May 4, 2021: President Biden pledged last week to “end cancer as we know it,” a bold promise focused on boosting funding to the National Institutes of Health for a special Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health. But public health experts who have spent their careers examining environmental causes of cancer say it may not be possible to truly stop cancer without EPA stepping in.

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To Stay: Two More Cancer Indications With ‘Dangling Approvals’

Medscape News, April 29, 2021: Two more cancer indications that had been granted accelerated approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are going to stay in place, at least for now. This was the verdict after the second day of a historic 3-day meeting (April 27–29) and follows a similar verdict from day one.

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