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Merrill Goozner

Merrill Goozner


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Will tax on medical device makers harm innovation?

Editor’s note: Merrill Goozner is the senior correspondent for The Fiscal Times in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ignoring threats of a presidential veto, House Republicans earlier this month repealed the medical device tax included in the 2010 health care reform law to help pay for coverage of the uninsured. A handful of Democratic representatives with major device makers in their states also supported repeal, which passed 270-146. Opponents of the 2.3 percent tax, which is slated to raise $29 billion over the next decade, argued the minor levy would slow innovation in the medical device field and cost...

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Ethics, disclosure and the FDA: Birth control drug just the beginning

Editor’s note: Merrill Goozner is an award-winning journalist and author of “The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs” who writes regularly at Gooznews.com. Much has been made of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision last month to overrule Food and Drug Administration scientists and prohibit the over-the-counter sale of the morning after pill to minors. Many observers blasted the move as a blatant political move by the White House, which didn’t want to antagonize social conservatives ahead of this year’s election. Now there is the possibility politicians on Capitol Hill are also...

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Multiple myeloma death shows the problem of ‘patient advocacy’

Editor’s note: Merrill Goozner is an award-winning journalist and author of “The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs” I recently received word that Alessandro Liberati, the Head of the Italian Cochrane Network, passed away from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. The Cochrane network is a worldwide collaboration committed to conducting comparative analyses of medical interventions. In a recent letter to The Lancet, Liberati noted his own experience in searching the medical literature in hopes of identifying what would be the best treatment for his own disease. He noted: I looked at...

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