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FDA Warning Letter Highlights Disconnect Between Regulator & Biotech Industry

A surprise at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner was that a majority of my friends (who do not work in biopharma) at the dinner table heard about the FDA warning letter issued to 23 & Me, a biotechnology company that offers a direct-to-consumer genome test kit. Almost all of them have used the kit and find […]

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Reducing Health Care Costs: It’s About Time to Try What has Worked

Over the weekend, a New York Times article, once again, highlights the soaring health care costs in the United States. The article reveals that asthma medications that tens of million people in this country rely on to control their conditions can be 35 times more expensive than in Europe—a $250 branded prescription of nasal spray […]

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Trust is What Makes Health Care Work–A Success Story from Belgium

When speaking about Belgium, Dr. Florence Hut, physician-in-chief at CHU Brugmann (Brugmann University Hospital) is full of pride.  Only a few days ago, Francois Englert, a Belgian theoretical physicist won this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics, bringing the total number of the country’s Nobel Prize laureates to 11. But to Dr. Hut, what made her […]

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The Power of Simplicity in mHealth

“Technology is at its best and the most empowering when it simply disappears.” That is what Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer said about the new iPhone 5S. Although many may argue whether the technologies used in iPhone 5S are truly the “best” and “most empowering,” Mr. Ive made a good point about the importance of […]

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Seal the Deal: the Defining Role of Public Relations in Health Care Policymaking

As October 1st– the opening date of the Health Insurance Exchanges mandated by ObamaCare–is approaching, health care reform once again attracts a lot of media attention. The policy change is affecting every stakeholder in health care, from government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, insurance companies, medical device manufactures to hospitals. Some of the effects are imminent […]

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