NIH asked to fight price gouging by overriding drug patents

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Jan. 11, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints Related: A group of 50 congressional lawmakers wants the Obama administration to develop guidelines that would require drug makers to license their patents to others in a bid to end “price gouging.”In their letter, they argue that the National Institutes of Health has the ability to issue so-called march-in rights, which refer to overriding a patent. Under federal law, this allows an agency that funds private research to require a drug maker to license its patent to another party in order to “alleviate health and safety needs which are not being reasonably satisfied” or when the benefits of a drug are not available on “reasonable terms.” Legislators have asked NIH, above, to fight price gouging by creating guidelines that take on drug patents. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Last year, prices for brand-named medicines rose 14.77 percent, and the price tag for specialty drugs increased 9.2 percent. Meanwhile, generic drug prices rose 2.9 percent, according to figures released today by Truveris, a market research firm that tracks pharmaceutical pricing.About three-quarters of Americans believe the prices of brand-name prescription drugs are unreasonable, while 1 in 4 expressed that view about generics, according to a recent poll by STAT and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.advertisement Tags drug pricesNIHpatents In urging the administration to act, the lawmakers argue that “reasonable guidelines can discourage price gouging.” The letter was released on Monday by the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, which was formed by several members of Congress last year in response to escalating controversy over the price of prescription medicines. It was also sent to the US Department of Health and Human Services.advertisement The survey was conducted shortly after Turing Pharmaceuticals, which was run by Martin Shkreli, raised the price of a drug used by people with AIDS from $13.50 to $750 a pill. The drug maker raised the price shortly after buying the product from another company, and then took steps to thwart generic competition to the medicine, which is used to treat a life-threatening parasitic infection.In explaining their reasoning, the lawmakers emphasized that march-in rights should only be used when “wrongdoing occurs” and that “innovation should not be threatened.” By issuing guidelines, they argue the NIH would help drug makers make “better-informed pricing decisions.”The lawmakers maintain that as many as one-quarter of the medicines given a priority review by the Food and Drug Administration could be affected. Priority review is granted for drugs that are expected to provide a significant improvement in safety and effectiveness.The lawmakers also take the NIH to task for failing to take this step previously, which sent “an unfortunate signal that that prices for federally funded inventions can be set as high as a sick or dying consumer is willing to pay.”We asked the NIH for comment and will update you accordingly. [email protected] Washington has big hopes, but little power, to negotiate drug prices PharmalotNIH asked to fight price gouging by overriding drug patents @Pharmalot Ed Silvermanlast_img read more

What disclosure? Half of European clinical trials are not being reported

first_img Ed Silverman Adobe Pharmalot What is it? About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] @Pharmalot center_img By Ed Silverman Sept. 12, 2018 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? Log In | Learn More Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. What disclosure? Half of European clinical trials are not being reported Four years after clinical trial sponsors were told to report summary results in the European Union, half of the registered studies remain unreported, although drug makers are doing a much better job at disclosure than other organizations, a new analysis finds.Specifically, only 51 percent of more than 7,600 clinical trial results have so far been reported since the European Commission issued guidelines in 2014. However, 68 percent of trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry have reported results, while only 11 percent of trials sponsored by hospitals, academics, governments, and charities have done so, according to the analysis published in BMJ. Tags drug developmentpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Driver leaves Fort Myers gas station with pump still attached to car

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol troopers are reminding drivers to stay focused after a car was spotted leaving a gas station with a gas pump still attached to the vehicle.“What’s wrong with this video??? Stay focused behind the wheel & at the pump!” tweeted FHP. Troopers said the incident happened at the Mobil gas station, located at 4040 Park 82 Drive, in Fort Myers on Tuesday.A trooper saw the white SUV driving off with the gas pump that had been ripped off still in the car’s fuel tank. AdvertisementTags: fhpgas pump Child rushed to the hospital after being hit by car in Lee County May 21, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementThe driver reportedly had not realized what had happened when stopped by FHP. WATCH: Cars driving nose to bumper on Fort Myers highway May 24, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Safety tips for teen drivers as the ‘100 deadliest days’ begin June 8, 2021 Advertisement Small plane makes emergency landing on Alligator Alley June 14, 2021last_img read more

Laois parish puts plans in place for first ever ‘virtual’ cemetery mass

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 4th June 2020 A Laois parish has put plans in place to host their first ever virtual cemetery mass this week.The Parish Priest of Rathdowney has revealed that for the next three Fridays, masses will be held via their website from the three cemetery’s in the parish.Fr Martin Delaney explained how people can access the mass and also revealed details of further celebrations.He said: “Our first cemetery Mass without a congregation will be from Bealady Cemetery on Friday, June 5 at 7pm.“The Mass will be accessible on our parish website and NOT on the webcam. TAGSFr Martin DelaneyRathdowney Parish Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home News Laois parish puts plans in place for first ever ‘virtual’ cemetery mass News Twittercenter_img Previous articleLaois’s Mount Rushmore – Off the Ball’s unenviable task of picking our four greatest sports starsNext articleBREAKING: Five new Coronavirus deaths and 38 new cases as Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters face costs for failed Covid-19 challenge Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Laois parish puts plans in place for first ever ‘virtual’ cemetery mass RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “You will need to click on the main picture of the website which will link you to the mass.“Do not try to log on until 6.45 pm as the mass will not be available until then.“The Mass from the local cemetery in Rathdowney will be broadcast on Friday June 12 and from Errill Cemetery on Friday June 19 at 7pm.“I encourage families who would normally travel to be together to gather around the grave of a loved one – to instead plan tuning in to the masses on each evening from their homes.”SEE ALSO – Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice on sexual partners WhatsApp News Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

Deep sadness as ‘true gentleman’ and ‘great Gael’ passes away

first_img Council Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months TAGSBallylinanJimmy ‘Bronson’ Farrell By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st June 2021 Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMajor housing development planned for Laois town as application submittedNext articleThree Laois playgrounds to share in €30,000 grant for upgrade works LaoisToday Reporter Home News Community Deep sadness as ‘true gentleman’ and ‘great Gael’ passes away NewsCommunity Cieran, Jimmy (RIP), Jamie and Alan Farrell There is deep sadness in Ballylinan today following the news of the passing of one of its most loved sons.Jimmy ‘Bronson’ Farrell sadly passed away on Monday May 31. Mr Farrell is survived by his wife Marie, daughters Tara and Kelly and sons Cieran, Jamie and Alan.A proud GAA man, Jimmy was heavily involved as a player, coach and administrator over the years with Ballylinan.He won championships with the clubs in the 70s and played right up until the 1990s at senior level.His passion for the club was instilled in his family as wife Marie has served as chairperson, daughters Tara and Kelly have played for St Brigid’s ladies while his three sons have represented their club and Laois – with youngest son Alan playing at centre back against Kildare last weekend.A fine coach, Jimmy managed the Junior ‘B’s to glory in 2007 and his club have paid him a heartfelt tribute on their Facebook page this afternoon.They said: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of a great Ballylinan Gael Jimmy ‘Bronson’ Farrell.“Jimmy has made a huge contribution to Ballylinan GAA Club in many different ways over his lifetime.“While still only a teenager, he won Junior and Intermediate Championships in 1971 and 1973 with Ballylinan.“Jimmy continued to represent us at Senior level for many years and continued to pull on the jersey with pride into the 1990s.“As a coach Jimmy spent countless hours in the football field and school field coaching our underage players, many of whom make up our current senior panel, and winning numerous underage titles along the way.“Jimmy continued into adult coaching where he coached our Junior side to win the Laois Junior ‘B’ Football title in 2007.“Jimmy has been a dedicated committee member of Ballylinan GAA Club for many years and has been to the fore of all club activity.“Always willing to offer his opinion and advice and always for the advancement and betterment of Ballylinan GAA Club.“Jimmy was always extremely proud of the contribution his family have made to the GAA in Ballylinan, Marie is her role as Chairperson with Tara and Kelly as players with the ladies club and Cieran, Jamie and Alan playing for Ballylinan and Laois.“Ballylinan GAA Club have lost a major presence from Club life but that pales into insignificance when compared to the loss felt by the Farrell family.“We would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to Jimmy’s wife Marie, children Tara, Kelly, Cieran, Jamie, Alan, his grandchildren Matthew, Emma and Tom, his mother Kit, his brothers Ted and Micheal, sister Anna Marie and all his family and many friends.“A true gentleman and great Gael in every sense of the word.Ar Dheis Dè Do Raibh Anam.”Funeral arrangements for Mr Farrell will be announced shortly.SEE ALSO – Major housing development planned for Laois town as application submitted Facebook Electric Picnic Deep sadness as ‘true gentleman’ and ‘great Gael’ passes away Electric Picnic WhatsApplast_img read more

Health care sector and commodity prices boost TSX

first_img Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors The Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index moved ahead Monday, mostly on the back of rising oil and gold prices, but also thanks to gains in the health-care sector where a cannabis company’s shares surged more than 20%. The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 63.63 points to 16,371.81. Shares of licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. gained 20.42% or $3.68 to close at $21.70. Aphria announced before markets opened an agreement to acquire Broken Coast Cannabis Inc. in a deal it valued at $230 million in stock and cash. However, broader trends in the price of commodities were more influential for the index today, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “I think the guide for the TSX today is really the little bit of a lift we’re seeing in oil price and gold prices,” he said. While the health-care sector led the TSX, shares in the gold sector gained an average of 1.2% and those in the energy sector rose 0.46%. Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, the February crude contract was up US51¢ to US$64.81 per barrel and the February gold contract was ahead by US$5.60 to US$1,340.50 an ounce. In commodity markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of US80.50¢, up 0.53 of a U.S. cent. It’s likely the loonie will dip back below US80¢ at some point in 2018, Fehr said, as the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to remain on a steady path of hiking rates, which could outpace the Bank of Canada, putting downward pressure on the loonie. Canada’s central bank is expected to raise interest rates at its next announcement Wednesday, but Fehr believes it will later take to the sidelines at some point in 2018. Elsewhere in commodities, the March copper contract was up about US4.3¢ to roughly US$3.26 a pound and the February natural gas contract was down US6.9¢ to about US$3.13 per mmBTU. U.S. markets are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Keywords Marketwatch Related news Canadian Press last_img read more

EU Provides Assistance for Banana Farmers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands today (March 27), received agricultural inputs valued at more than $120 million, on behalf of banana farmers whose crops were damaged during the passage of Hurricanes Dennis and Emily in 2005.These inputs form part of the continued hurricane relief assistance by the European Union (EU), under its Banana Support Programme, to rehabilitate some 1,002 hectares of export and domestic banana fields in Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary.Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Ministry’s offices on Old Hope Road, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Roger Clarke explained that in order to ensure equity and transparency, the inputs would be distributed to the farmers by the Banana Trading Company, based on a percentage of the damage sustained to their crops during the hurricanes.He further noted that all banana farmers slated to receive these inputs are expected to contribute 20 per cent of the total cost of the inputs received.The Minister added that 12 per cent of the sum would go towards a Catastrophe Fund, which is now being established by the local Banana Board and the European Commission.“As the name implies, the proceeds from this Fund will be used in the future, to assist farmers in the industry who have suffered losses as a result of natural disasters,” he stated.Mr. Clarke expressed gratitude to the EU for their continued assistance to banana farmers, pointing out that the industry, since 1996, has received over $4 billion in assistance.He pointed out that the EU Banana Support Programme has, over the past decade, assisted the agricultural sector to improve efficiencies within the industry, and to upgrade the quality of the fruit for export, to meet the ever increasing competition in the international market.Mr. Clarke noted that the EU has helped local banana farmers to comply with Euregap protocol, and to achieve fair-trade preparedness through the allocation of some $74 million, which would be used to provide training and infrastructural upgrading of the production process.“The fair-trade marketing organisation provides a viable alternative to the direct competition from more economically priced Latin-American grown bananas. However, in order to be certified for fair-trade, farms must first be Euregap compliance,” he pointed out, adding that in light of the gradual erosion of preferential tariffs for bananas exported to Europe, this fair-trade alternative was creating niche market opportunity, “which we must seek to exploit at all cost”.Meanwhile, Head of the European Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi-Alemani, said he was very pleased to have handed over the agricultural inputs to the government to assist in the long-term sustainability of the banana industry.“The materials being handed over demonstrate the commitment of the EU, through the EU funded Banana Support Programme, to support its traditional suppliers of bananas to improve efficiency and competitiveness,” he said. RelatedEU Provides Assistance for Banana Farmers EU Provides Assistance for Banana Farmers UncategorizedMarch 27, 2007 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedEU Provides Assistance for Banana Farmers RelatedEU Provides Assistance for Banana Farmerslast_img read more

$2.6 Billion to Continue Reform of Education System

first_img$2.6 Billion to Continue Reform of Education System EducationApril 13, 2009 Advertisements Related$2.6 Billion to Continue Reform of Education System FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has allocated $2.6 billion for the Education Transformation project in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure.The funds will finance the continuation of reform activities undertaken by the Education Transformation project.A little more than $449.6 million will go towards curriculum, teaching and learning support. This component focusses on literacy and numeracy remediation strategies as well as curriculum development. Another $11.7 million will be spent on behaviour transformation activities to address anti-social behaviour. These activities include guidance and counselling programmes in schools, peer counselling, and direct school interventions.The Ministry of Education will also put $145 million of this allocation towards governance and management. The main objective of this component is the improvement of management systems in schools through board and principal training. The provision for the Teachers Revolving Loan Fund is reflected under this allocation.Another $30 million will go towards stakeholder participation and communication, which facilitates partnerships in a structured manner, examines parental support and encourages volunteerism. The Ministry also intends to use more than $1.3 billion dollars to upgrade school facilities and infrastructure. The objectives of this component are the rehabilitation and upgrading of schools, space rationalisation of primary and secondary facilities, and improvement of the aesthetics of the physical plants.Modernisation activities, aimed at decentralising the functions of the Ministry, will also be carried out using a little over $589 million, while $47.1 million will be spent on funding operational support.center_img Related$2.6 Billion to Continue Reform of Education System Related$2.6 Billion to Continue Reform of Education Systemlast_img read more

Wyndham City Welcomes Budget Funding

first_imgWyndham City Welcomes Budget Funding Wyndham City has welcomed the State Government’s multi-million-dollar investment in our City, as outlined in yesterday’s Budget.A range of key advocacy projects received substantial funding in the budget, including:$272 million towards a new Wyndham Law Court, which will provide a full range of specialist court programs and services including hearing rooms, mediation suites and a specialist family violence courtWidening of the Point Cook and Sneydes Road intersection including the installation of traffic lightsUpgrades to local schools, including $10.1 million for Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, $10.7 million for Woodville Primary School, and $8 million for Warringa Park SchoolLand acquisition funding for five new local schools including Truganina North Secondary College, Holyoake Parade Primary, Lollypop Creek Primary, Riverdale East Primary, and Tarneit Missen House Primary$2 billion for the Geelong fast rail project, reconnecting Werribee to Geelong$84 million upgrade to the Werribee ZooFunding towards bus service improvements, which includes the delivery of new bus services and service upgradesFunding for our local health system, including $4.8 million to plan for the future expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital and funding to acquire land for the new Point Cook Community HospitalWyndham Mayor Cr Adele Hegedich said: “This Budget has delivered in spades for Wyndham and I would like to thank the State Government for funding so many important projects.”“Wyndham City and its partners, including WestJustice, have worked tirelessly over many years to get funding for a new Wyndham Justice Precinct.”“Wyndham’s current Magistrate Court has just two courtrooms, is outdated and unsafe. Wyndham’s population has grown from 40,000 people to more than 280,000 since these law courts were built, and as such, it is failing to properly service the community.”According to the Budget, the $272 million will assist in the construction of a new court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites, and a Specialist Family Violence Court.Cr Hegedich also thanked the State Government, residents, Council staff and the Point Cook Action Group after funding was received to improve the notorious Point Cook and Sneydes Road intersection.“Funding for widening and installing lights at the Point Cook and Sneydes Road intersection is the culmination of dedicated advocacy by Wyndham City in partnership with Point Cook residents and the Point Cook Action Group,” Cr Hegedich said.“This funding will finally alleviate one of Point Cook’s worst intersections and make the drive for residents easier and safer.”“About 35,000 vehicles use this intersection every day, yet a lack of traffic lights makes turning right onto Point Cook Road extremely difficult and dangerous.”“There have been multiple collisions resulting in serious injuries at this intersection, so it’s great that the State Government has listened and will upgrade this notorious blackspot.”Mayor Hegedich also welcomed significant funding to upgrade schools and importantly, fund the purchase of land to build new schools.“Many of Wyndham’s new housing estates are being built before primary and secondary schools are in place. Existing schools are struggling to cope and are becoming overcrowded, so it’s great to see the State Government investing in this important area.”Mayor Hegedich also said a number of broader budget measures will also assist residents during our economic recovery from COVID-19.“As one of the hardest hit municipalities in Australia during COVID-19, Wyndham residents need assistance and support from all three tiers of government,” she said.“In March, Wyndham City announced a $5 million stimulus package – the WynLocal Economic Support Package – designed to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the community.”“The package included small business support, relief in respect to fees and charges and a rates deferral scheme.”“More recently, Council also approved a $50 rates discount for eligible pensioners and a $100 rates rebate for eligible JobKeeper recipients.”“Wyndham City supports any further economic assistance for our residents from both the State and Federal Governments.” /Public Release. 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Volunteers begin sweeping Barrington of ‘Scotch broom’ environmental weed

first_imgVolunteers begin sweeping Barrington of ‘Scotch broom’ environmental weed Local volunteers have lent a helping hand to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) during a 4-day blitz of environmental weeds in a newly launched program at Barrington Tops National Park. NPWS and volunteers from the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, local 4WD clubs and the local community, supported by Hunter Local Land Services, cleared roughly 35,000 square metres of Scotch broom, an invasive environmental weed.NPWS Area Manager Anthony Signor said the removal of weeds from an area equivalent to almost five soccer fields will drive regeneration of native vegetation in the sub-alpine landscape after last season’s significant bushfires.“This invasive, noxious weed competes with native species and is compromising the post-bushfire recovery of native vegetation on Barrington Tops.“We are thrilled and grateful for the response of the volunteers for this event. Despite very wet weather, more than 20 volunteers turned up to help us remove the weeds by hand. We couldn’t have done it without them” said Mr Signor.Hunter Local Land Services’ Lyndel Wilson said the removal of these invasive weeds will also tip the balance in favour of native animals like the Tooarrana.“Tooarrana is the Aboriginal name for the vulnerable broad-toothed rat. This chubby-cheeked native animal is restricted to wet alpine and sub-alpine heaths, and woodlands, and is a priority species for bushfire recovery,” said Ms Wilson.“The Tooarrana relies on the shelter of native snow-grass for food, nesting and protection from predators, so it’s really important that our agencies work together to combat invasive weeds post-bushfire,” said Ms Wilson.Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) was listed as a Weed of National Significance in 2012.NPWS and Hunter Local Land Services are currently planning more volunteer weeding events in the national park, which will be advertised on the NPWS website.This project is supported by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and NSW Government’s State Bushfire funding. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, animal, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, bushfires, community, environment, Government, Local Land Services, New South Wales, NSW, project, season, species, weather, website, wildlifelast_img read more