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March 17, 2009
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  • Cell Therapeutics examining strategic options
    Cell Therapeutics announced it is hiring a financial adviser to help evaluate "short- and long-term strategic business development opportunities and operational efficiencies" as the company struggles to sustain its operations. A spokesman for the biotech firm said the company intends to execute a reorganization plan that includes increasing focus on pixantrone, an experimental treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Seattle Times (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care in Transition 
  • Senate bipartisan group holds influence over health-reform plan
    The chance that a bill for comprehensive health care reform will be passed in Congress by the end of the year rests largely on a bipartisan group of nine senators that includes the chairmen of the Senate finance, health and budget committees. The group, led by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is tasked not only with crafting a bill that can win enough votes in the Senate but also managing turf wars between committees. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: $19B in health IT funding to boost e-prescribing
    The $19 billion allocated in the economic-stimulus package for incentives to adopt health information technology will result in more than 75% of doctors using e-prescribing within five years and savings of $22 billion in drug and medical costs within 10 years, according to a study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association. The savings would offset money spent on the incentives and other health IT programs mandated in the stimulus, the study says. Government Health IT magazine (3/2009) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trial lawyers plan to oppose medical-malpractice reform
    Trial lawyers plan to fight the inclusion of any provision in a health care reform plan that will limit medical-malpractice suits, saying this will not help drive down health care costs. The American Medical Association, however, says medical-liability reforms are essential to the success of a reform measure. The debate could threaten President Barack Obama's goal of passing a health care reform bill by the end of the year. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Test accurate in spotting early-stage Alzheimer's
    U.S. scientists found that a new test was 87% accurate in pinpointing whom among patients with early memory problems would likely develop Alzheimer's disease. The test works by quantifying the concentration of amyloid beta 42 polypeptide and the amount of the tau protein in spinal fluid. The technique will enable scientists to improve the clinical trials of Alzheimer's drugs, a researcher said. Yahoo!/Reuters (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cytos to cut jobs after vaccine fails in trial
    Cytos Biotechnology said it is eliminating 57 jobs to shift its financial resources to development projects and collaborative deals with Novartis AG and Pfizer. The move comes in the wake of a failed Phase II study of its hypertension vaccine CYT006-AngQb. Reuters (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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