Nursing homes receive billions of taxpayers’ dollars every year to care for chronically ill frail elders, but until now, there was no guarantee that’s how the money would be spent. Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are taking unprecedented steps to ensure they get what they pay for, after the devastating impact of covid-19 exposed …
The New Jersey-based health system initially partnered with Google in 2019. It has now migrated to Google Workspace, providing thousands of Chrome OS devices to remote workers, and is using Google Cloud AI capabilities to detect diseases like breast cancer and Covid-19.
An Oyster Point Pharma drug for dry eye disease has won FDA approval, the first treatment for the condition that comes as a nasal spray. In addition to that drug approval, the FDA on Monday rejected two drugs, one from Omeros and the other from United Therapeutics.
Merck is looking for products that diversify its portfolio beyond reliance on cancer drug Keytruda, and it sees a potential blockbuster cardiovascular drug from Acceleron Pharma as fitting the bill. The pharma giant is paying $11.5 billion to acquire the biotech, and executives say they’re still on the hunt for more deals.
The American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges have filed an amicus brief in support of the New Jersey health systems that are appealing a court decision to delay their merger following a legal challenge from the FTC.
A previous investigation by MedCity News found that ElectrifAi was touting an improperly-developed algorithm during the earliest phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, with both the company and CEO defendants in an employment discrimination lawsuit. A year later, lawsuits are piling up as more former employees complain that the company and CEO lied about its AI …
The FTC sued to block the merger between the two New Jersey-based health systems and won a preliminary injunction earlier this month. But the providers believe that the merger would not raise prices or stifle competition — like the FTC alleges it would — and have filed an appeal.
FDA approval of the Merck drug, belzutifan, covers treatment of tumors caused by von Hippel-Lindau disease, an inherited disorder associated with several types of cancer. Merck added the small molecule to its pipeline two years ago as part of a $1.2 billion acquisition.
Vaxneuvance, a Merck pneumococcal vaccine, is now approved by the FDA. The intramuscular shot protects against 15 pneumococcal strains—five fewer than the 20 covered by a Pfizer pneumococcal vaccine that the FDA approved in June.
Provention Bio needs to show the FDA that the drug substance produced from its contract manufacturer is comparable to the Eli Lilly-made drug substance that was evaluated in clinical trials. A larger study testing the prospective type 1 diabetes therapy teplizumab is ongoing and could provide the information the agency needs.
The FDA has approved Brexafemme, a Scynexis antifungal drug, for treating vaginal yeast infections. The drug is the biotech’s first FDA-approved product and it also represents the first new antifungal drug class in 20 years.
Becton Dickinson is known worldwide for its diabetes products. Now the medical technologies giant plans to spin off its diabetes care business as a separate, publicly traded company, leaving BD to focus on its other core segments.
Last summer, Global Plasma Solutions wanted to test whether the company’s air-purifying devices could kill covid-19 virus particles but could find only a lab using a chamber the size of a shoebox for its trials. In the company-funded study, the virus was blasted with 27,000 ions per cubic centimeter. This story also ran on CNN. …
Mark Gottlieb’s life changed in an instant when another driver crashed into his car, damaging four vertebrae in his upper spine and smashing six teeth. In the months following that January 2019 crash, Gottlieb got the teeth crowned and, for debilitating neck pain, tried injections, chiropractic care and physical therapy. The treatments were all covered …
Merck is discontinuing work on one Covid-19 drug for treating hospitalized patients after the FDA said it needs more clinical data. Another Merck drug candidate is moving forward only in outpatient testing after independent clinical trial observers concluded the antiviral was unlikely to help those in the hospital.
Merck agreed to pay $215 million up front to acquire Alydia Health, a startup that has commercialized a medical device that controls bleeding during childbirth. That product will join the portfolio of Merck spinout company Organon.
Alexandra Sierra carried boxes of food to her kitchen counter, where her 7-year-old daughter, Rachell, stirred a pitcher of lemonade. This story also ran on USA Today and GateHouse Media. It can be republished for free. “Oh, my God, it smells so good!” Sierra, 39, said of the bounty she’d just picked up at a …
Merck’s top immunology drugs face biosimiliar competition. The $1.85 billion acquisition of Pandion Therapeutics gives the pharma giant an opportunity to build up its immunology pipeline with a new approach to treating autoimmune disorders.
Amicus Therapeutics CEO John Crowley said the totality of data support the Pompe disease therapy’s submission to the FDA. That rolling application is on track for completion in the second quarter.
After a scathing report from short-seller Hindenburg claiming that Clover faced a False Claims Act investigation, the insurance startup’s stock plummeted. Clover went public last month after merging with a special-purpose acquisition company under billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya.
Many pharma companies already donate drugs to charity. But the New Jersey-based entrepreneurs have developed a technology platform that makes the process easier to manage and opens up new opportunities.
Cuando los hospitales de todo el país luchan contra la nueva ola de la pandemia, no son camas ni ventiladores lo que escasean. Son las personas que cuidan de los enfermos. Pero existe mano de obra altamente calificada de médicos, enfermeras y otros trabajadores de salud, con formación en el extranjero, que no se aprovecha …
The New Jersey-based health system’s culturally nuanced social determinants of health program will screen all patients for social and behavioral factors that impact their health, in the hopes of improving outcomes and encouraging appropriate use of healthcare services.