FDA Scrutinizes Pricey Cancer Drugs

Politico Pulse, April 28, 2021: Will FDA maintain approval for cancer drugs that are proven to not work? We were hoping for a reckoning, but that doesn’t seem likely as the doctors on the FDA Advisory panel tell FDA that they are hopeful that the drugs will eventually be proven to work.

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4 in 10 Adults Over 50 Consult Online Reviews When Picking a Doctor

HealthDay, April 14, 2021. Finding a new doctor can be a daunting task. For help, many older adults turn to online reviews, a new study finds. In fact, many people rate online reviews as highly as they would a recommendation from friends and family when picking a doctor. Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, said that choosing a doctor is a complex undertaking.

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What Genentech is doing to fix biotech’s diversity problem

Fortune, April 7, 2021. There’s a big problem with clinical trials: a lack of diversity. This problem led researchers to believe that Black women did not develop breast cancer as frequently as white women and created a gap in understanding how different treatments work. How can companies like Genentech start increasing diversity in clinical trials?

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The FDA Cut Off COVID Vaccine Testing. That Was a Really Bad Idea.

Washington Monthly, March 26, 2021: Not since the polio vaccine became available in April 1955 have Americans been so excited about getting a shot. But behind the scenes, there’s a lot we don’t know because of a decision made back in December by the FDA. The agency allowed manufacturers to effectively stop their clinical trials as soon as they were authorized to market their vaccines, making it impossible to learn how long the vaccines work and for whom.

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