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Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen after Clinton criticism

August 25th, 2016  |  Source: Reuters

Mylan NV (MYL.O) said on Thursday it would reduce the out-of-pocket cost of its severe allergy treatment EpiPen through a discount program, a day after Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined lawmakers in criticizing the drug's high price.

The company, which did not lower the drug's list price, said it would reduce the patient cost of EpiPen through the use of a savings card, which will cover up to $300 of EpiPen 2-Pak.

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Why Big Pharma’s Argument for Its High Drug Prices Doesn’t Make Sense

August 24th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

America is only middle-of-the-road when it comes to innovation for dollar spent.

Drug pricing in America has gained a lot of attention recently, with the price tags of everything from new cancer medicines to EpiPens skyrocketing. Many have wondered: Is it fair to make life-saving drugs so costly?


The Internet of Poorly Working Things

August 23rd, 2016  |  Source: Monday Note

In the mythical Land of Theory, where everything ‘just works’, we can connect all the objects in our lives. We have the sensors, the wireless networks, and the computing power, but progress is slow if not comically wrong. Why?

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Aetna, Obamacare and health insurers’ 10 dirty secrets

August 19th, 2016  |  Source: Marketwatch.com

Health insurers have an incentive to enrich shareholders and deny coverage to customers

Whom do U.S. health insurers think they’re kidding?

The answer, of course, is: everybody.


Disasters like Louisiana floods will worsen as planet warms, scientists warn

August 16th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to classify disaster as the eighth flood considered to be a once-in-every-500-years event in the US in a year

The historic and devastating floods in Louisiana are the latest in a series of heavy deluges that some climate scientists warn will become even more common as the world continues to warm.


Holding Algorithms Accountable

August 15th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them.

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives. They map out the best route to our destination and help us find new music based on what we listen to now. But they are also being employed to inform fundamental decisions about our lives.


The age of digital possible

August 12th, 2016  |  Source: Enterprseinnovation.net

Digital is the new currency in our new hyper-connected era, enabling new business initiatives and marketing campaigns that may have been too costly and impractical in the past. From retail to hospitality, there is no question that digital has transformed the way business is being conducted today.


The lake that left town

August 10th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Val Aubrey parked her boat trailer on the shore of Eagle Lake, in north-eastern California. She walked to an overlook where a sign warned against swimming and diving. “This” – she opened her arms wide – “used to be the marina.”

Down below, docks sat among nettles and thistles growing on what used to be the lake bed. The boat ramp led to sunbaked dirt, and squirrels skittered across the concrete.


N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices

August 9th, 2016  |  Source: NHPR

It’s no secret drugs like OxyContin and hydromorphone are highly addictive.

The real question is this: do drug companies downplay how addictive they are while marketing the medicine to doctors?

New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joe Foster suspects false marketing of legal pills has led to abuse of illicit drugs like heroin. That’s why he subpoenaed the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription painkillers.




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