Why Can’t Drug­stores Quit Cigarettes?

Ever since CVS Health ditched tobacco products in 2014–sacrificing $2 billion in sales to bolster its image as a health company–Rite Aid and Walgreens have been facing pressure to follow suit. The companies recently raised their minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21–aiming to reduce minors’ access to them. But the moves came soon […]

Brainstorm Health: Novartis $2.1 Million Drug, Brexit Fallout, Jakafi Drug Approval

Happy Friday, readers! On Friday, drug giant Novartis got the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green light for a first-of-its-kind gene therapy to treat a rare, devastating genetic muscle-wasting disorder called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This victory was largely expected; all eyes, however, were on where Novartis would place the treatment’s list price. Speculation was […]

Brainstorm Health: CRISPR V. Superbugs, Gottlieb to NEA, UniQure Gene Therapy

Hello and happy hump day, readers! Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb already has a new gig. Gottlieb unexpectedly departed from his position as the country’s top drug regulator earlier this year, citing personal reasons and a wish to spend more time with his family. The surprise move came after a brief […]

Health Concerns May Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G Mobile Networks, Analyst Warns

As the wireless industry races to install thousands of new cellular sites to create super-fast 5G networks, questions about the impact of the new technology on human health may delay its arrival, one Wall Street analyst warns. In the U.S., both the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission say there is nothing […]

Brainstorm Health: Verily Pharma Partners, ‘Conscience’ Clause Lawsuits, Merck’s Mulligan

Good afternoon, readers. I read something pretty troubling (if not surprising) this morning. And, yes, it has to do with my generation, AKA the millennial folk. You may have heard that American health care is an unadulterated mess, and that messiness forces millions of people to make tough decisions when it comes to their finances. […]

Brainstorm Health: A.I. Lung Cancer Detection, Facebook Disease Prevention, Doctor Job Market

Happy Monday, readers! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. The machines just aced a major test in the world of cancer detection. A joint collaboration between Google A.I. scientists and medical institutions such as Northwestern Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Palo Alto Veterans Affairs, and the NYU-Langone Medical Center found that neural networks and deep […]

The Job Market for Doctors Is Booming. Here’s What It Means for You

Of all the job categories in America, the market for doctors is booming. Newly-minted doctors are choosing from multiple job offers, getting paid more sumptuously than ever, and can practice pretty much wherever they want. At the same time, the way they practice is shifting radically, as more and more physicians choose salaried positions with […]

Facebook Takes on Epidemics With New Disease Prevention Maps

Facebook wants to help fight infectious diseases like measles by introducing maps that health organizations can use to prevent and respond to outbreaks. The disease prevention maps, which debuted Monday, provide detailed information such as population density, the movement of people in real time, and network connectivity across regions. The point is to give researchers […]

Brainstorm Health: Drugstore as Doctor, Social Media and Suicide Spike, Missouri Abortion Ban

Happy Friday, readers! We have a veritable feast of must-read features accompanying the latest Fortune 500 list’s release (I’ve included links to several of them down below and will continue to in the coming days). But I wanted to highlight one specific story, penned by our own veteran journalist Shawn Tully, on the status of […]