Category Archives: – Pharma

Insurance companies are not paying for Repatha and Praluent

March 8, 2017- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed cardiologist William O’Neill, MD about his personal need for the cholesterol-lowering, large-molecule, antibody drug from Amgen, branded as Repatha. Despite

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Are the new PCSK9 cholesterol lowering drugs worth the high cost?

December 16, 2015- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

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Pembrolizumab as Second-Line Therapy for Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

February 27, 2017- interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Joaquim Bellmunt, MD, PhD, the Director of the Bladder Cancer Center at Dana-Farber,

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Ocrelizumab versus Placebo in Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

January 31, 2017- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

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Antoni Ribas, MD discusses cancer drugs targeting the PD1 signaling pathways

March 19, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD The upcoming ASCO meeting will be dominated by numerous presentations relating to new

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Review of combination immunotherapies seen at ASCO 2016

June 22, 2016- interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Siwen Hu-Lieskovan MD, PhD of UCLA, an expert with immunotherapies for melanoma,

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Ibrance (palbociclib) to treat advanced breast cancer

November 28, 2016- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Richard Finn, MD about his NEJM

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President-elect Trump adopts plan by The Healthcare Channel to bring back drug manufacturing jobs

Update January 11, 2017- By Steven E Greer, MD Last November, I sent my idea, below, directly to the Commissioner of the FDA, Robert Califf. I also sent it

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The Biggest Healthcare Stories of 2016

December 26, 2016- by Steven E. Greer, MD for The Healthcare Channel Policy changes dominated the 2016 year in healthcare news. There were few important new drug

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BRAF and MEK combos for melanoma

Update October 1, 2015- The FDA approved the use of two drugs, Opdivo and Yervoy, to treat metastatic melanoma, as we first discussed with Dr. Ribas last year. 

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CheckMate 026: Why did Opdivo (nivolumab) fail in NSCLC?

September 1, 2016- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD In the wake of the news-making failure of CheckMate 026 of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo (nivolumab) fail in

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The new CDC guidelines for prescribing opioid pain pills

June 1, 2016- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD Pain pill prescriptions have quadrupled since the 1990’s as drug companies stepped up marketing and funded

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The super shady methods of pricing generic drugs in America: case study- Sildenafil

May 15, 2016- by Steven E. Greer, MD The last I read, Teva and Mylan were not supposed to launch their approved generic of Viagra (sildenafil)

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Robert De Niro gives credibility to vaccine truthers

Update March 27, 2016- Less than 24-hours after our story, this film has been pulled from the lineup. It was our story that got the heads of

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Review of immunotherapy and targeted therapy

June 17, 2016- interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Siwen Hu-Lieskovan MD, PhD of UCLA, an expert with immunotherapies for melanoma, to go over the

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Preventing HIV infection

July 28, 2014- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD Rajesh Tim Gandhi, MD of the Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the NEJM review paper he co-wrote

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Eluxadoline (Viberzi) to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

January 20, 2016- Produced, Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Anthony Lembo, MD of The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital to discuss his

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The Biggest stories of 2015

December 31, 2015- by Steven E. Greer, MD 2015 was the year of ISIS. The radical jihadist group started the year with an attack in France,

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Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, could be the Bernie Madoff of the drug industry

September 22, 2015- by Steven E. Greer, MD Making national news today was Martin Shkreli, the baby-faced, greasy-haired, disheveled-looking

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Rand Paul’s secret Looney Tune side revealed

February 2, 2015- By Steven E. Greer, MD People have asked me my opinion of the Republican field for 2016 and I have told them that Dr. Rand

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