FROM Andrew Pollack
Drug-maker Mylan and its $300 "generic" EpiPen Mylan might or might not have good news for people who need EpiPens. They provide quick injections to protect against potentially deadly anaphylactic shock from bee stings, peanut allergies and other sources. The drug company is still increasing the price of two EpiPens to $600 — while it also produces a so-called "generic" for $300. Andrew Pollack covers the business and science of biotechnology for the New York Times .
When Drug Prices Skyrocket Overnight Specialists who treat rare diseases are protesting gigantic increases in the prices of old and familiar drugs. The cost of one medicine jumped 5000 percent -- overnight. The headline in today's New York Times is, "Drug Goes From $13.50 To $750 Overnight." The story explains that it's not because of a sudden shortage, but the business strategy of a former hedge-fund manager -- and he's not alone. Times' reporter Andrew Pollack covers the science and business of biotechnology.
The Ebola Drug ZMapp is an experimental drug that has shown promise as a treatment for the Ebola virus. We look at the tiny company in San Diego that developed ZMapp, and is now tasked with filling an order from federal officials.
Steroid Injections Linked to Meningitis Were Known to Be Risky Thirty-two more people were diagnosed with fungal meningitis yesterday, bringing the total to 169, attributed to steroids from a so-called "compounding center" in Massachusetts. Also yesterday, the first of what could be many lawsuits was filed in federal court. Doctors already have been questioning whether steroid injections are worth the risk. That's according to Andrew Pollock of the New York Times .
Will Roundup Resistant Crops Be the End of the Monarch Butterfly? In the Midwest, neat rows of modified corn and soybeans are free of unruly patches of milkweed. The crops are resistant to the herbicide Roundup . But the destruction of milkweed may have an unintended consequence: the end of annual migrations of the Monarch butterflies, a phenomenon dear to lovers of nature. The Monarch is so beloved one entomologist calls it "the Bambi of the insect world." Andrew Pollack covers the business and science of biotechnology for the New York Times .
Human Genetics: Medicine, Money and Law Billions of dollars have been raised for medical research because human genes can be patented so, when breakthroughs occur, investors make money. But early this week New York Federal Judge Robert W. Sweet rocked the bio-tech industry when he ruled that human genes cannot be patented because they are products of nature, not creative invention. The decision is both applauded for liberating the promising new field of personalized genomic medicine and criticized for limiting financial incentives. We hear a variety of answers to some very challenging questions.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.