Administration weighs shorter biologics protection period | ACA enrollment moves closer to 2018 levels | Off-the-shelf blood cancer gene therapies may be the next big thing
December 3, 2019
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Administration weighs shorter biologics protection period
The Trump administration is considering reducing from 12 years to 10 the intellectual property protection period for biologic drugs as a way to gain Democrats' support for a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Reuters (12/2) 
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ACA enrollment moves closer to 2018 levels
The latest figures from the CMS show that nearly 2.4 million people selected Affordable Care Act plans through the federal exchange in the first four weeks of open enrollment this year, down about 2% from the same period last year. The number of people who chose ACA plans in the fourth week reached 703,556, compared with 500,437 the year before, helping narrow the year-over-year gap in enrollment.
Healthcare Finance (12/2) 
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Off-the-shelf blood cancer gene therapies may be the next big thing
Off-the-shelf gene therapies are now considered the next big thing in treatments for leukemias and lymphomas due to the speed with which they can be produced compared with chimeric antigen receptor T-cell treatments, which often take two weeks to produce, a period of time that could see the patient it is intended for deteriorate or even die. One example of such a treatment discussed at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology was Fate Therapeutics' off-the-shelf CAR NK cell therapy, the first-of-its-kind treatment that targets multiple antigens.
Medscape (free registration) (11/28) 
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