by | Jul 3, 2019

For trial lawyers, Big Pharma, and assorted other profiteers off American misery, the Supreme Court case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank is like holy water thrown in the face of a vampire. They cannot abide exposure to it and will shrink…

by | Oct 30, 2018

For years America’s drugmakers relied on Republicans to protect them. Democrats led the campaign for price controls and other restrictions. So the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the major industry association, worked closely with the GOP to…

by | Apr 13, 2018

The opioid epidemic, and the rapidly increasing rash of high drug prices, are the twin deadly sins of the modern pharmaceutical industry. Any serious pro-patient policy analyst in Washington will likely acknowledge this. The responsibility of companies like the makers of…

by | Feb 20, 2018

It’s a depressingly common aphorism in Washington policy-making circles that “pharma always wins.” This happens regardless of the merits of any particular policy — in fact, the more “pharma always wins,” the more often taxpayers and consumers lose. Nevertheless, the…

by | Oct 19, 2017

As anyone who’s followed the long-standing battle to fix America’s patent system and cut off abuses by bottom-feeding legal parasites and abusive monopolists will tell you, the list of excuses for our broken system offered by those people is seemingly…

by | Oct 12, 2017

America’s pharmaceutical industry has a problem, and that problem is the rule of law. One can draw no other conclusion, based on the industry’s recent actions. I refer specifically to the pharmaceutical company Allergan’s recent optically baffling attempt to outright…

by | Sep 26, 2017

It is a cliché in Washington that the war on drugs has seen a comeback, thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whether that comeback is as big as advertised is a matter of some debate,…

by | Aug 29, 2017

For months, the pharmaceutical industry’s consistent disregard of consumers and bad press has seemed like a setup that was missing a punchline. Critics of the industry have been consistently frustrated as we wait for the other shoe to drop. These…

by | Aug 15, 2017

The crisis of confidence in the pharmaceutical industry remains one of the least well-reported elements of contemporary politics. And despite numerous scandals surrounding mismanagement and price gouging by Pharma companies, the proverbial big Kahuna of the industry’s scandals is undoubtedly…

by | Jul 6, 2017

“Repeal and replace” as a concept was always elegant, particularly as a campaign slogan. In practice, it is consistently proving itself to be harder than its proponents imagined. As with the AHCA before it, it appears that the Senate bill…

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