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Sanofi Pegs U.S. Drug Price Rises to Below Healthcare Inflation

(Reuters) May 9, 2017 - French drugmaker Sanofi has pledged to peg U.S. drug price rises to below healthcare inflation in a move that limits increases for any product this year to 5.4 percent, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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Ted Okon (Posted: May 10, 2017)

quotesAnother company making the right move to control drug prices, especially in cancer. In community oncology we are advancing "value-based" payments for services. The same thing needs to be done for drugs. It's time for those really wanting to advance the quality and affordability of cancer care to step up and innovate.quotes

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Senate Confirms Scott Gottlieb to Head F.D.A.

(New York Times) May 9, 2017 - The Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, where he will be responsible for regulating drug companies to which he has had close ties in recent years.

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Ted Okon (Posted: May 10, 2017)

quotesScott Gottlieb is an excellent choice to head the FDA. He has served there before and his prior government experience coupled with his business background provide him with the skill set necessary to modernize the FDA. The comments about his ties to the pharma/bio industry being a negative are absurd and just politics. You want someone who knows the industry from the inside, just like you need a Treasury Secretary who knows Wall Street.quotes

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Ted Okon

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