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Recon: Walmart in Talks to Buy Humana

Posted 30 March 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: Walmart in Talks to Buy Humana

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In Focus: US In Focus: International Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • The Call For Drug-Price Transparency Is Growing Louder -- But Will It Matter? (Forbes)
  • Will flush-with-cash Big Pharma beat Takeda to a Shire deal? (Fierce)
  • Thermo Fisher, Biocept team up to pitch liquid biopsy service to pharma (Fierce) (Press)
  • Cash reserves running low at KemPharm (Fierce) (Press)
  • LISTEN: A billionaire intervenes, inscrutable drug prices, and no grade inflation for biotechs (STAT)
  • Gottlieb slams PBMs (BioCentury)
  • FDA charts path forward for biosimilars — but drug makers aren’t all on board (STAT-$)
  • Sage Therapeutics CEO: Have to weigh investor returns but will price postpartum drug ‘fairly’ (CNBC)
  • Two Harvard Biotech Entrepreneurs Are Creating The "Trojan Horse" Of Cancer Treatment (Forbes)
  • Lilly seeks to quickly advance—and if needed kill—novel drugs to avoid ‘pile-on effect’ in hot targets (Fierce)
  • Students push UCLA to improve access to a cancer drug developed by its scientists (STAT-$) (The Wire)
  • Novartis and GSK CEOs set out diverging strategies (Financial Times-$)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • Gene therapy could promote healing in brain, spinal cord injuries (Fierce)
  • Sunovion Submits New Drug Application to the FDA for Apomorphine Sublingual Film (APL-130277) for the Treatment of OFF Episodes Associated with Parkinson’s Disease (Press)
  • NIH study may help explain why iron can worsen malaria infection (NIH)
  • Study in pregnant women hints at pertussis protection from flu vaccination (CIDRAP)
  • Targeting stress proteins on cells to help treat cancer (BioCentury)
  • Mallinckrodt Inc. et al.; Withdrawal of Approval of Five New Drug Applications (FDA)
Medical Devices
  • Study shows promise for detecting mental health problems using smartphone app (Fierce)
  • US FDA Panel To Tackle Hospital Glucose Meter Accuracy Issue (Medtech Insight)
  • These medical devices offer hope for treating chronic pain without opioids (CNBC)
  • T2 Biosystems touts results from 4 studies of its T2Dx diagnostics system (MassDevice)
  • Quest Beats Out-Of-Pocket Overcharge Suit, For Now (Law360-$)
  • A medical-grade smartwatch is helping people live with epilepsy (Wired)
  • Is 3D printing going to replace injection molding? (Medical Design & Outsourcing)
  • Foundation Medicine launches genomic profiling test for solid tumors (Drug Delivery Business News) (Press)
  • FDA committee backs Senseonics’ implantable continuous glucose monitor (Drug Delivery Business News) (Press)
  • NuVasive touts Porous PEEK interbody implant study (MassDevice)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Trump wants to reduce opioid prescriptions by one-third. We can start now (STAT)
  • Why Would Walmart Want to Buy an Insurer? The Retail Squeeze (WSJ)
  • On Medicare? Check the mail for your new, secure ID card (CNBC)
  • FDA may consider over-the-counter regulation for e-cigarettes (CNBC)
  • Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes in Adults by Diabetes Type — US, 2016 (CDC)
  • Survey Snapshot: Payer-Provider Alignment Is Difficult Even for Integrated Organizations (NEJM)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • EMA accepts BioMarin's pegvaliase MAA to treat phenylketonuria (Pharmabiz) (Press)
  • Biovica announces new positive results support early treatment evaluation of breast cancer using DiviTum (Pharmabiz)
  • Medicrea inks Belgian JV deal with Motion Medical (MassDevice)
  • TAP Blood Collection Device Receives CE Mark (Press)
  • MIVI Neuroscience Begins European Commercialization After Achieving CE Mark Approval Of The R4Q Revascularization Catheter For Ischemic Stroke (Press)
  • New government initiative to reduce rough sleeping (MHRA)
  • TPG Said to Pursue Stake in $500 Million Thai Fertility Hospital (Bloomberg) (Business Standard)
  • Dr. Reddy's Labs appoints Erez Israeli as new chief operating officer (Pharmabiz)
  • New chairman for Workplace Safety and Health Council (The Straits Times)
  • Taiwan's National Health Insurance advances WHO goal of universal coverage (The Korea Times)
  • Is hospital care getting prioritised over primary healthcare in India? (Asian Age)
  • CDSCO discontinues joint inspection of manufacturing units offering loan licenses in Maharashtra (Pharmabiz)
  • BeatO is India’s first full stack digital solution for managing diabetes (Pharmabiz)
  • Royal flying doctors funded to provide mental health outreach for first time (The Guardian)
  • A data bungle put at risk the private health details of millions of Australians (Business Insider)
  • Transvaginal mesh use should be suspended, health groups say (The Guardian)
  • 1 in 66 Canadian children diagnosed with autism, report reveals (CBC News)
  • Veritas Pharma Closes Private Placement (Press)
  • Salmonella outbreak from raw chicken products leads to 30 cases in Canada (CBC News)
  • Canada's largest health research platform teams up with University of Toronto to accelerate cancer and chronic disease research (Press)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Starbucks coffee in California must have cancer warning, judge says (Reuters)
  • Hawaii lawmakers approve bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide (The Hill) (Reuters)
  • Customer Service In Assisted Living, Homecare And Healthcare: The 'Required Hospitality' Difference (Forbes)
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