Like today, a mural at Washington High was under fire 50 years ago for scenes of slavery and Native American death. Crumpler painted a…
Alex LashFollowing the fight over the 1936 WPA mural at @GWHS_official that some deem offensive? I just intervw'd @SFAIofficial prof Dewey Crumpler, the SF-born artist hired in '68 to paint "response" murals. Crumpler has strong opinions re the current criticism.
New cell and gene therapies bring the possibility of cures once hardly imaginable. But the potential cures could also cost millions of dollars, like
Alex LashThe approval of a multimillion $ #geneTherapy could come any day now (#Zolgensma from $NVS). I interviewed Steve Pearson of @icer_review about the complications of high priced "cures." As in: what happens if they're not cures? xconomy.com/boston/2019/04… $ONCE $BMRN #SMA #Hemophilia
A new report from a U.S. drug-pricing watchdog takes issue with the high cost of the only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare
Alex LashLatest salvos from the drug-pricing debate: drugs for spinal muscular atrophy #SMA (one approved, one probably coming soon) are too expensive, says @icer_review. $BIIB (which sold $1.7b of its drug last year) and $NVS take issue.
As the quest to find treatments for Alzheimer's disease keeps crashing against rocks, a group of researchers in the field want their peers to pay more atte
Alex LashIn light of the aducanumab failure yesterday, I'll resurface this piece we posted more than a year ago. “The cholinergic hypothesis fell out of favor simply because it was overtaken by the more ‘sexy’ amyloid hypothesis." #Alzheimers
The FDA has just made brexanolone (Zulresso) the first medicine approved specifically for post-partum depression, a potentially devastating disorder that
Alex LashFDA OKs brexanolone (Zulresso) from $SAGE, the first drug approved for post-partum depression. It requires the mom stay in a health facility for a 60-hr continuous infusion w/monitoring for loss of consciousness. @BentheFidler explains: xconomy.com/boston/2019/03… …
With public and political winds blowing in the same direction, significant reform of the complicated U.S. drug-pricing system seems ever more likely. One
Alex Lash3/12 is hereby Nat'l "Talk to Your Kids About PBMs" Day. $UNH said more Rx rebates would go to patients. @SenFinance cmte set a PBM hearing Apr 3. And @icer_review pub'd a paper on unintended consequences of messing w/the rebate system.
As SF’s homelessness debate grows ever louder, the Singers of the Street make sure people struggling to stay housed are heard too
Alex Lashamid the #SF #homelessness debate & #MoveJPM complaints, @emilykatehayes (biotech writer, jazz singer) talked to members of the @SingersOfTheStr choir & joined them in song. It's a beautiful 1st-person meditation on taking time to hear everyone's voice
Seven top pharmaceutical executives gathered today in Washington, DC, for a Senate hearing on drug prices, bringing face-to-face two groups held in the
Alex LashTranslation: Regulate insurers & their agents, not us. We can lower prices on our own. Even then, there was hedging, like @Merck CEO Ken Frazier noting that lowering prices in the past put Merck at a "disadvantage," & that can't happen again.
The stones are still there, making life interesting on the city’s 7th steepest block. You can thank a salty old neighbor, a flexible…
Alex LashPutting on my @TheFrisc hat... here’s a great historical #SF nugget from @J_LaCroix - that time nearly 20 yrs ago when #PotreroHill neighbors saved a famous cobblestone street from being paved over.