Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. A Harrowing Tale of Racism I liked the article “The Making of Reluctant Activists: A Police Shooting in a Hospital Forces… Read More »Readers and Tweeters React to Racism, Inequities in Health Care
The FDA placed a clinical hold on a Larimar Therapeutics program for Friedreich’s ataxia after monkeys died in tests of the fusion protein. In addition to halting further tests of the drug, the clinical hold also ends the biotech’s plan to raise $95 million that… Read More »FDA places clinical hold on Larimar’s rare disease drug after deaths in monkey study
This investigation is a joint project of KHN, a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues, and Spotlight PA, an independent, collaborative newsroom dedicated to producing investigative journalism for all of Pennsylvania. This story also ran on Spotlight PA. It can be republished for free.… Read More »Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients
Care navigation startup Accolade struck an agreement to buy telehealth startup PlushCare for $450 million. The goal is to support primary care physicians with information about a patient’s health and benefits, CEO Rajeev Singh said.
A Helius Medical Technologies medical device that stimulates the brain by sending electrical stimulation to the tongue has received FDA clearance for multiple sclerosis patients. The company says its approach could also have applications in other disorders.
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In Philadelphia, the good, the bad and the ugly have all been on vivid display in the covid vaccine rollout. The Bad comes with a giant serving of gall: For a while, the city put its mass-vaccination… Read More »‘An Arm and a Leg’: In Vaccinating Philadelphia, A Mix of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Verily become part of a six-year collaboration between Google Cloud and Highmark Health. A big part of the partnership will be Verily’s platform for managing chronic conditions, Onduo.
It started as a group of college friends who wanted to help during the pandemic. They had tech skills, so they used 3D printers to make face shields. Then they organized as a nonprofit, Philly Fighting Covid, and opened a testing site in a Philadelphia… Read More »In Philadelphia, a Scandal Erupts Over Vaccination Startup Led by 22-Year-Old
Not long after the world learned that President Donald Trump had lost his reelection bid, states began issuing a new round of crackdowns and emergency declarations against the surging coronavirus. Taking action this time were Republican governors who had resisted doing so during the spring… Read More »Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID
Rulennis Muñoz remembers the phone ringing on Sept. 13. Her mother was calling from the car, frustrated. Rulennis could also hear her brother Ricardo shouting in the background. Her mom told her that Ricardo, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia five years earlier, wouldn’t… Read More »Family Mourns Man With Mental Illness Killed by Police, Calls for Change
A review published in JAMA found that bills introduced into the House and Senate don’t go nearly as far as existing drug pricing regulations other countries. The researchers listed eight key lessons from six nations.
Generic drugmaker Teva indicted in alleged price-fixing conspiracy leading consumers to be overcharged by $350M
The charges, filed in Philadelphia federal court, allege that Teva conspired with four other generic drug companies to fix prices, rig bids and allocate customers. Teva – which the Justice Department and New York’s state government also sued this month for unrelated allegations – said… Read More »Generic drugmaker Teva indicted in alleged price-fixing conspiracy leading consumers to be overcharged by $350M
If all goes according to plan, Penn State University students who opt for an on-campus experience this fall will start in-person classes on Aug. 24 under the banner of a “Mask Up or Pack Up” campaign. By returning to campus, students are agreeing to wear… Read More »One College’s Pop-Up COVID Test: Stop and ‘Smell the Roses’ (Or the Coffee)
Pennsylvania is rolling out its new “Pennie” this fall: a state-run insurance exchange that officials say will save residents collectively millions of dollars on next year’s health plan premiums. Since the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces opened for enrollment in fall 2013, Pennsylvania, like most states,… Read More »‘Pennie’-Pinching States Take Over Obamacare Exchanges From Feds
The new report, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Connected Medicine, surveyed 101 representatives of hospitals and healthcare systems. Nine out of 10 respondents said they were providing genomic or genetic testing or planning to.
When Marquita Burnett heard Philadelphia was moving to the “green” phase of reopening, she was confused. She was pretty sure the city had already earned a green designation from Pennsylvania’s governor (it had). The next thing she knew, the city was scaling back some of… Read More »When Green Means Stop: How Safety Messages Got So Muddled
HELENA, Montana — States frustrated by private laboratories’ increasingly long turnarounds for COVID-19 test results are scrambling to find ways to salvage their testing programs. Montana said Wednesday that it is dropping Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest diagnostic testing companies. The Secaucus, New… Read More »States Search for Ways to Deal With COVID-19 Testing Backlogs