Scientific Misconduct: The Manipulation of Evidence for Political Advocacy in Health Care – Policy & Medicine

July 28, 2019

A recent paper from the CATO Institute, titled “Scientific Misconduct The Manipulation of Evidence for Political Advocacy in Health Care and Climate Policy,” highlighted how “science is increasingly being manipulated” based on the political choices and ethical preferences of those who are willing to suppress evidence of conflict between those preferences and the underlying reality.

Written by George Avery, PhD, MPA, an assistant professor of public health in the Department of Health and Kinesiology and the Regenstrief Center for Health Care Engineering at Purdue University, the article discusses how in health care policy, critics have long worried about the inordinate influence of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers on research to show the safety and viability of new products.

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Issue No. 49: Should Politically Appointed State Boards Determine Drug Prices? – Cost-of-Health-Care News

July 21, 2019

Maryland last month became the first state to establish a board to set maximum prices for drugs purchased by state and local governments; shortly thereafter, Maine became the second.

According to a survey by the National Academy for State Health Policy(NASHP), attempts to establish price-review boards in two states (Illinois and Connecticut) failed, but in five others (Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, and Missouri) legislation has been referred to relevant committees.

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Tracking Washington’s moves on drug pricing – STAT

July 21, 2019

To keep track of all the fast moving developments, STAT has detailed the major proposals pending before the Trump administration and in Congress that aim to lower prescription drug prices — along with those that have already been abandoned, blocked, or softened.

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Rewind the ACA court challenge tapes – AEI

July 11, 2019

But although the Democratic pro-ACA appellants cannot have been encouraged by the tone and scope of yesterday’s questioning, it remains a giant leap further ahead to envision a ruling that would overturn the entire ACA on nonseverable constitutional grounds. That’s just too much of a stretch, under standard severability analysis, to argue that the congressional findings of fact in 2010 actually intertwined the individual mandate with much more than a limited set of insurance-coverage-related ACA provisions (guaranteed issue, adjusted community rating, and perhaps minimum essential benefits at most). And even if the Fifth Circuit panel (or a later en banc review) decides to produce a scrambled mess, the Supreme Court and its chief umpire John Roberts (who has a tight strike zone for ACA legal challenges) remain poised to clean up Humpty Dumpty.

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Bill Gates Posts Data Of Causes Of Death In The US, Is Amazed By The Disconnect Between News And Reality | Bored Panda

July 10, 2019

The data that Bill Gates tweeted comes from a project, titled Death: Reality vs. Reported, by students of the University of California San Diego. The researchers attempted to answer these questions: how do people die, how do people think they die, and is there a difference. To get some answers, they set out to investigate if there’s a disconnect between what one sees in the news and what happens in reality.

For their project, the students look at four sources: The Center for Disease Control’s WONDER database for public health data (1999-2016), Google Trends search volume (2004-2016), The Guardian’s article database, and The New York Times’ article database. “For all of the above data, we looked at the top 10 largest causes of mortality, as well as terrorism, overdoses, and homicides, three other causes of death which we believe receive a lot of media attention,” they wrote. For each, the relative share of deaths, share of Google searches, and share of media coverage, were calculated.

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