GSK Gets FDA Nod for Drug Treating Anemia From Chronic Kidney Disease

GSK Gets FDA Nod for Drug Treating Anemia From Chronic Kidney Disease

Anemia caused by chronic kidney disease can be treated with injectable drugs, but various pharmaceutical industry players have been pursuing alternatives that offer patients the convenience of a pill. A GSK medicine has won FDA approval as the first pill in the drug class, a decision that comes after the agency turned down applications from … Read more

Karuna Picks Up Kidney Drugs for Chance to Challenge Boehringer Ingelheim in the Brain

Karuna Picks Up Kidney Drugs for Chance to Challenge Boehringer Ingelheim in the Brain

Neurological drug developer Karuna Therapeutics is building up its pipeline with a pair of molecules initially developed for kidney disorders. It’s a small bet that could pay off in a big way by diversifying its pipeline with medicines that could compete against a Boehringer Ingelheim drug candidate addressing the same target. The new Karuna assets … Read more

MA Plans Rejected 2M Prior Authorization Requests in 2021

MA Plans Rejected 2M Prior Authorization Requests in 2021

There were 35.2 million prior authorization requests submitted to Medicare Advantage plans for healthcare services in 2021, and 2 million of those were denied, an analysis published Thursday shows. Prior authorization has been touted as a way to reduce healthcare costs, although many providers say it delays care. To conduct the study, the Kaiser Family … Read more

Report: Nurse Understaffing Is Becoming More Deadly for Patients

Report: Nurse Understaffing Is Becoming More Deadly for Patients

More than 90% of nurses in the nation’s 10th most populous state believe that understaffing is negatively affecting the quality of care they’re able to provide, according to a report recently released by the Michigan Nurses Association. The association interviewed 400 nurses in January. They said that worsening care quality has a serious and sometimes … Read more

NEW Innovation Report Shows Funding Plummeted for Women’s Health; Biotech Startups Gain Interest

NEW Innovation Report Shows Funding Plummeted for Women’s Health;  Biotech Startups Gain Interest

Last year, healthcare funding in the New York metropolitan area showed a steep decline to $3.9 billion among 141 companies from $9 billion among 182 companies in 2021, a new report shows. Biotech companies saw the most interest, whereas investment in women’s health appears to have fallen off a cliff. The annual report — New … Read more

Why Lawmakers Are Trying to Nix VA’s $50B+ Dollar Oracle-Cerner EHR Rollout

Why Lawmakers Are Trying to Nix VA’s B+ Dollar Oracle-Cerner EHR Rollout

Two Congresspeople recently introduced a bill seeking to terminate the Department of Veterans Affairs‘ Oracle Cerner electronic health record rollout. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Montana) and co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost (R-Illinois). Rosendale was recently named chairman of the VA’s subcommittee on technology modernization — this bill is his first piece … Read more

What A Nobel Prize-Winner’s Research Means for Cancer Treatment

What A Nobel Prize-Winner’s Research Means for Cancer Treatment

In October, Drs. Carolyn Bertozzi, Barry Sharpless, and Morten Meldal shared the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for greatly simplifying the synthesis of complicated molecules. Dr. Sharpless and Meldal are credited with the founding of click chemistry, which enables the joining of small modular units with biomolecules. Dr. Bertozzi took the principles of click chemistry … Read more

Expanding Telehealth Access Not Reducing it Will Continue Saving Lives, Mitigating Costs of the Opioid Crisis

Expanding Telehealth Access Not Reducing it Will Continue Saving Lives, Mitigating Costs of the Opioid Crisis

In the poem, The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost writes of the two roads that diverged in a wood and his inner struggle to select the correct path, even if it’s not the easy one. We’ve arrived at this crossroads in our use of telehealth to care for patients in recovery for opioid use disorder … Read more

Data Breaches Continue to Wreak Havoc on Healthcare – Here’s How to Make Security a Top Priority

Data Breaches Continue to Wreak Havoc on Healthcare – Here’s How to Make Security a Top Priority

The healthcare industry suffered about 337 breaches in the first half of 2022 alone, and IBM reports that the average cost of a healthcare data breach is now $10.1 million per incident. What’s more, healthcare is one of the most attractive industries for cybercriminals for numerous reasons. The industry is plagued with legacy systems and … Read more

FDA Asks Gene Therapy Biotech to Run Clinical Trial That Might Be Impossible

FDA Asks Gene Therapy Biotech to Run Clinical Trial That Might Be Impossible

One challenge of developing a drug for a disease with no approved therapies is that there isn’t an established clinical trial roadmap to follow. Taysha Gene Therapies hoped the trial design for its gene therapy for a rare neuromuscular disease would put it on the path to a regulatory submission. FDA questions about the study … Read more