Andrew Joseph covers Kendall Square for STAT, writing about local research and neighborhood issues. He previously worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the National Journal. Andrew graduated from Dartmouth College and has covered everything from crime to health...
f researchers were better at forecasting the results of clinical trials — and, say, could avoid having to run trials that will inevitably fail — more resources could be devoted to trials that might succeed. But, it turns out, researchers might not be great at determining the likelihood of a trial’s success.
reetings, everyone, and welcome to Friday. Andrew Joseph here filling in for Pharmalot himself, and doing our best to channel the man, the myth, the legend. As we turn our sights to the weekend, we dream of prescription-free naps, simmering pots of soup, and relaxing quaffs of both the stimulatory and adult varieties. But for now, there’s news to catch up on.
he $850,000 list price for a new medicine that treats a genetic form of childhood blindness is about four times too high for the value the drug provides, a nonprofit that studies the cost-effectiveness of new drugs said Friday, though it added that the price of the drug is cost-effective for select patients and with certain assumptions.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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