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Science Dec 01NIH director says there’s work to do on regulating genome editing globally
The apparent birth this month of the first genetically modified babies is “a lesson in the potential for human hubris to overtake us,” Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health.
Politics Nov 04Voters don’t like ‘Big Pharma.’ But they could soon elect a Senate that includes two pharma lobbyists and a CEO
If Republicans prevail in just two races on Tuesday, the Senate’s ranks would suddenly include two former drug industry lobbyists and a pharma CEO.
Politics Oct 13In public, lawmakers scold drug distributors. Come campaign season, they accept their cash willingly
Two of the three largest distributors are on pace to exceed their campaign donations from 2016 — a notable increase.
Health Sep 01The Senate could soon pass an opioids package. But a new law is still a long way away
The Senate is likely to pass a comprehensive bill to address the opioid crisis in the coming weeks. But the finish line on that long-discussed priority remains a long way off.
Health Jun 30Justice Department announces crackdown on fraudulent opioid prescriptions
Federal agencies on Thursday announced charges in what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called “the largest health care fraud takedown in American history,” an investigation into over $2 billion in alleged fraud by doctors, pharmacists, and nurses.
Science Feb 11The future of genetically modified mosquitoes could be in mini, moveable labs
Late last year Oxitec debuted its first “mobile production unit” — a miniature factory designed to help expand its reach.
Politics Dec 313 congressional races to watch in 2018
Here are three 2018 campaigns to watch to determine what American voters make of how health care policy is being shaped in Washington.
Politics Sep 16They got hundreds of thousands to rally. Where does the March for Science go from here?
The rally was a demonstration of enthusiasm and political clout. But organizers now hope to turn a march into a movement.
Politics Jun 25Two GOP senators wanted $45 billion in health care bill to battle opioid crisis. They got $2 billion
The health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday includes funding to help tackle the nation’s opioid crisis — but dramatically less than the amount sought by two GOP senators and recovery advocates.
Health Jun 18At first meeting of Trump’s opioid commission, health advocates plead for Medicaid spending
Health advocates on Friday used the first meeting of President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis to criticize a bill that would slash future Medicaid spending and deregulate the health insurance market, arguing that the legislation would undermine whatever progress…