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CVS Health Leaving U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Over Smoking Spat

(Fortune) July 8, 2015 - The pharmacy is quitting the Chamber over the trade group’s efforts to target anti-smoking laws abroad, saying it runs counter to its efforts to promote better health.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: July 08, 2015)

quotesHats off to CVS for taking a stand against international tobacco promotional efforts!quotes

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Why Gene-Editing Technology Has Scientists Excited

(Wall Street Journal) June 28, 2015 - A new technology for “editing” defective genes has raised hopes for a future generation of medicines treating intractable diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: June 29, 2015)

quotesCRISPR is a phrase that we all need to watch carefully as it probably represents the most promising biologic technique in recent years. It takes a DNA identification and splicing technique used by bacteriophages and adapts it to accomplish selective gene splicing in multicellular organisms. A multitude of scientific discoveries will certainly result which will dramatically effect the treatment of cancer and many other diseases.quotes

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Cancer Doctors Offer Way to Compare Medicines, Including by Cost

(New York Times) June 22, 2015 - Alarmed by the rapid escalation in the price of cancer drugs, the nation’s leading oncology society unveiled on Monday a new way for doctors and patients to evaluate different treatments — one that pointedly includes a medicine’s cost as well as its effectiveness and side effects.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: June 23, 2015)

quotesHats off to ASCO for venturing into an area that is critical to the future of our individual patient's financial health and the sustainability of our approach to health care. There will be ample criticism and skepticism but it's time to move the elephant in the room into the spotlight!quotes

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Prostate Cancer
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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical O...

Community Oncology
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Dean Gesme, MD

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Debu Tripathy, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncol...

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Howard S. Hochster, MD

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Howard Sandler, MD, MS, FASTRO

Ronald H. Bloom Chair in Cancer Therapeutics
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Jeff Patton, M.D.

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Jennifer Levin Carter, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer and Founder, N-of-One...

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Michael G. King Jr.

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Richard Goldberg, MD

Director WVU Cancer Institute Director of Cancer Signa...

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Robert A. Figlin, MD., FACP

Professor and Director, Division of Hematology Oncology...

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Ted Okon

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Thomas Marsland, MD

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William Harwin MD

Florida Cancer Specialists President and Managing Part...

Health Policy
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William McGivney, PhD

National Health Policy Expert...

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Winston Wong, PharmD

President, W-Squared Group...