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FDA Begins New Testing of Generic Drug Quality

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor decades, doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that low-cost prescription generic drugs — which make up an estimated 80 percent of the prescription medicines we take — work just as well as the costlier brand-name drugs they mimic. Except that a growing number of patient complaints, as well as issues over the quality of generics manufactured abroad, have proven that some of them don’t. And it appears the FDA is finally going to …

Supreme Court: Drugmakers’ Pay-for-Delay Deals Can Be Illegal

Posted on 06/17/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDeals between brand-name drugmakers and their generic drug competitors that keep cheaper products off the market might illegally prevent competition, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 17. In so-called pay-for-delay deals or reverse settlements, a patent holder pays a would-be competitor not to sell a generic version of a drug for a specified period of time. The brand-name manufacturer can continue to charge monopoly prices, and the generic company is compensated for inaction. In Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, the …

Does a Top Drugmaker’s Playbook Stifle Competition?

Posted on 06/17/2013 by | News | Comments

Personal HealthIf you owned the bestselling prescription drug of all time and its patent was about to expire, how would you prepare for competition from generic drugs? You might look at what Pfizer did when time was running out on its patent for the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, which by 2011 had become the all-time bestselling prescription drug of any kind. And you could save yourself some time by reviewing a new AARP Public Policy Institute case study of Pfizer’s approach. The …

Are Brand Name Drugs Driving Up Medicare Spending?

Posted on 06/11/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Ankita Rao, Staff Writer, Kaiser Health News A new study suggests that cash-strapped Medicare missed an opportunity to save more than $1 billion by not addressing the varying costs and use of prescription drugs. “The main issue, and the only way to fix this, is to change what physicians are doing,” said Dr. Walid Gellad, a lead author and internist with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the University of Pittsburgh. Physicians in the VA system follow an approval …

Study: Doctors Give In to Patient Demands for Brand-Name Drugs

Posted on 01/8/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Alvin Tran of Kaiser Health News Doctors are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs over lower-cost generics when patients request them and when physicians have contacts with drugmakers, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday shows. The researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed data from a survey of 1,891 doctors in 2009 and found that 37 percent of  doctors admitted to sometimes prescribing a brand-name drug at a patient’s request even though a generic version of …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition (Updated)

Posted on 06/24/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayUpdate: New York legalizes same-sex marriage in late Friday vote. Newly-married New Yorkers will see their lives change significantly – legally and financially. But for those older couples who don’t live in the six states recognizing gay marriage, planning is still essential. P.M. Notes: Peter Falk, right, dies at 83. TV’s Lt. Columbo, who reportedly suffered from dementia, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills.