AstraZeneca & Daiichi drug wins another FDA approval, this time in lung cancer

AstraZeneca & Daiichi drug wins another FDA approval, this time in lung cancer

AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo drug Enhertu is on a hot streak, winning an FDA approval in lung cancer that marks its second affirmative regulatory decision within the span of a week. The FDA approval announced Friday covers the treatment of adults whose advanced cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) express the cancer protein HER2. … Read more

Report: PE firms’ entrance into urgent care raises concerns for quality, affordability of care

Report: PE firms’ entrance into urgent care raises concerns for quality, affordability of care

Over the past 10 years, private equity firms have been increasingly investing in urgent care — capitalizing on an industry that has skyrocketed in growth as patients seek alternatives to bureaucratic primary care and expensive visits to the emergency room. But private equity’s expanding presence in urgent care and the consolidation of the industry raise … Read more

HealthEdge survey: Costs are top-of-mind for health plan leaders

HealthEdge survey: Costs are top-of-mind for health plan leaders

Managing costs and driving operational efficiencies are the top challenges for health plan leaders today, a HealthEdge survey published Tuesday found. The annual survey received responses from 312 payer executives. It was conducted between April 26 and May 6. When asked what their biggest difficulties are today, 46% said managing costs and 41% said driving … Read more

BCBS of Michigan teams up with Maven Clinic for virtual family, maternity care

BCBS of Michigan teams up with Maven Clinic for virtual family, maternity care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with Maven Clinic, a digital family health platform, to offer members additional family and maternity support, the health plan announced Wednesday. Maven Clinic’s platform will be available for the 2023 open enrollment period. Members of the insurer can use New York City-based Maven’s app. Once they log … Read more

Materna Medical raises $22M to heal women’s pelvic floors

Materna Medical raises M to heal women’s pelvic floors

Materna Medical recently closed one of the largest funding rounds ever in the women’s Ob-Gyn medical device space. The Mountain View, California-based company, founded in 2010, raised $22 million in Series B funding with lead investment from private equity firm InnovaHealth Partners. The round brings its total funding to date to more than $35 million. … Read more

Novartis warns of two patients’ deaths after dosing with gene therapy Zolgensma

Novartis warns of two patients’ deaths after dosing with gene therapy Zolgensma

Two patients treated with Zolgensma, a Novartis gene therapy for a rare inherited disorder, have died, highlighting a known but rare side effect risk associated with this and other genetic medicines. The children who died experienced acute liver failure at about five to six weeks following infusion with the gene therapy and within 10 days … Read more

What do GCs need to know right now about abortion trigger bans, HIPAA and how not to break the law?

What do GCs need to know right now about abortion trigger bans, HIPAA and how not to break the law?

Many employers have famously committed to protecting abortion access for their employees. Some have vowed to cover travel for the procedure. Meanwhile, looming trigger ban laws outlawing abortion in states such as Texas and Idaho that go into effect before the end of the month make keeping those promises difficult. Sarah Raaii, who specializes in … Read more

Patients will bear the steepest consequences of proposed cuts to home health

Patients will bear the steepest consequences of proposed cuts to home health

In the current market where inflation and the costs of healthcare continue to rise, there is a constant challenge in identifying where best to allocate a finite amount of funds. Understandably, no easy decision exists, but consumer demand and, ultimately, what will make healthcare more accessible, convenient, cost-effective and better for patients must serve as … Read more

FundamentalVR rakes in $20M for its VR, haptics platform

FundamentalVR rakes in M for its VR, haptics platform

FundamentalVRa startup that sells virtual reality and haptic software for medical simulation, announced Thursday it has closed a $20 million Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to more than $30 million. The round was led by EQT Life Scienceswith participation from Downing Ventures, Tern Plc, and Sana Kliniken, the third largest teaching hospitalnetwork … Read more

Viome Life Sciences launches at-home oral/throat cancer test for consumers

Viome Life Sciences launches at-home oral/throat cancer test for consumers

Viome Life Sciences, a biotechnology company founded in 2016, has launched CancerDetect, a diagnostic test for oral and throat cancer that uses mRNA technology and an AI-powered platform, the company announced last week. The test is a direct-to-consumer product and costs $399. If people want to take the test, they order it from Viome’s website. … Read more