Tag: Innovation

Do Patients Have a “Right to Try” New Medicines Before the FDA Approves Them? »

Earlier this month, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed the nation’s first “right to try” law. The law allows a patient suffering from a disease, for which no medicine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to try an experimental new medicine before the agency approves it. The law allows, but does...
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Using Marketable Vouchers to Speed Up Drug Approvals »

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug for leishmaniasis, an extremely rare disease which is spread by sand flies in poor countries. Why would a for-profit company invest in inventing a drug for which there is no way to make a profit? The FDA offers a prize to any firm that...
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Apple and Google Announce a Ceasefire in the Patent Wars »

Time has a good story on the decision of Apple and Google to dismiss all the current IP lawsuits between the two companies. They have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. No doubt patent trolls were sorry to see the two giants redirect resources. The millions that went into...
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Take the Money and Run? GAO Reports Significant Dropping Out of Government Electronic Health Records Program »

A previous blog entry noted that Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have utterly failed to execute a plan to develop an interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR), despite five million beneficiaries receiving health benefits from both bureaucracies. Despite its inability to manage this for two closely related federal departments, the federal government decided...
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Lankford Introduces Legislation Giving Congressional Authority to Interstate Health Care Compact »

In February, Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced legislation (H.J.Res.110) that would give congressional approval to states entering the Health Care Compact. This is an important step forward for one of the most innovative ideas that has been developed to reduce federal interference in regulating health markets. As Lankford notes in a recent Forbes op-ed,...
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Health Reform: Senate Republicans’ Continuous Coverage Consumer Protection Needs Improvement »

Three Republican Senators have released a health-care reform proposal that has attracted much attention. One of the three, Orrin Hatch, is likely to chair the Senate Finance Committee if the Republicans win the majority in the Senate. John Goodman has described the bill neutrally. At Forbes, Matthew Herper describes the effect of capping the...
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“I Felt Like a Hostage”: Toward a Solution for Medical Price Transparency »

I recently wrote an article critical of a business group’s approach to improving transparency of prices for medical and hospital procedures. However, as noted in the article, expressing such criticism is not to deny that we have a serious problem when it comes to figuring out how much we owe for treatment. In Saturday’s...
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Can You Hear Me Now? We Have Too Much Health Insurance »

Hearing aids have been expensive—until now. An interesting story in the New York Times a little over a year ago related the journey of a woman who had broken the shell of one of her hearing aids. Shocked at the price of hearing aids from private audiologists—at least $2,000 for a set, and usually...
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Thinking Is Research, Too! »

Bill Parker, an old friend of mine who died in 2000, was director of graduate studies in economics at Yale for thirteen years. He told me once about his struggles with his colleagues, who, he believed, were spending too much time on technique and not enough time on substance in teaching their courses. The...
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ObamaCare Ruling Just Killed Portable Health Insurance »

Although it is rarely discussed by the national health media, a quiet revolution in how health insurance is purchased has been underway for several years now. Specifically, employers have been using Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to allow their employees to purchase individually owned health insurance. A number of states, including Colorado, have expressly passed...
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