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What M&A critics don’t understand about drug innovation

The Federal Trade Commission just announced plans to "take an aggressive approach to tackling anticompetitive pharmaceutical mergers." Kelly Slaughter, the acting head of the agency, recently blamed the "high volume of pharmaceutical mergers in recent years … [for] skyrocketing drug ...

Protect drug access in Medicare

Ask Americans to name a problem with our healthcare system, and you'll hear a range of answers, from overbooked doctors to the inadequacies of Medicaid. Only a very few will name Medicare's drug benefit, known as Part D. In one recent survey, 87% of seniors said their Part D plan "provided ...

Let the science decide on PFAS in water

Saying "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances" is a mouthful -- so let's stick with the common abbreviation for this group of man-made chemicals: PFAS. And no, you don't want a mouthful of them. If consumed in high concentrations, PFAS may be harmful to human health. But we don't know how high ...

GOP out to obstruct insurrection inquiry

WASHINGTON -- Democratic plans to launch a bipartisan investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection were disrupted this week by Republican maneuvers to sabotage it. The impasse resulted from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to nominate two Republican representatives to the ...

In the land of the boy who cried wolf

Tucker Carlson has an audience of around 3 million viewers, which is more than any other news program and most other programs generally. It is still only 3 million people out of a nation of 330 million people. In the grand scheme of things, Tucker Carlson is influential in the way many others ...

Our infrastructure should go back to the future

America's infrastructure is taking a beating -- and not just from wear and tear. As Congress continues its negotiations over infrastructure, it's hard to find an article about U.S. roads, bridges, or transmission lines that doesn't describe them as "crumbling." It's not that the original ...