BioBlurb by Lisa M. von Biela
CONTRIBUTOR CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE:
Thanks to Becky Fe de Montreve-McMinn, Susan Ehrlich and Hugh Wellons for their contributions this week!
1. Wide disparity reported in health care by race and region.
New York Times , 6/5/08, via Becky.
2. New Evista ad campaign criticized. The one with the dazed-looking women
in the satin “togas,” for lack of a better description.
IndyStar.com , 6/1/08, via FDLI SmartBrief.
BIOTECH AND THE LAW:
1. Legislators to introduce bill against pre-emption.
National Journa l, 6/4/08, via FDLI SmartBrief.
BIOTECH IN CLINICAL MEDICINE:
1. Vaccine triggers immune response and prevents Alzheimer’s.
University of Rochester Medical Center, 5/19/08, via Hugh.
2. Canadian survey: hospitals reusing single-use devices without validated
cleaning. (I hope the MRSA’s didn’t read the article. I can just imagine them
organizing a road trip to Canada.)
Canadian Press , 5/25/08, via Becky.
3. Bone drug Zometa helps women with early breast cancer avoid recurrence.
USA Today , 6/1/08, via Becky.
4. Vaccine doubles survival of deadly brain tumor.
Yahoo! News , 6/2/08, via Becky.
5. Brighter lights and melatonin help dementia patients.
Yahoo! News , 6/10/08, via Becky.
6. Virtual consults from Mayo physicians by email.
Mpls StarTribune , 6/8/08, via Becky.
1. Gum disease may raise cancer risk elsewhere in body. So, floss ‘em if you
Reuters , 5/27/08, via Becky.
2. Pillowy antibacterial polymers may be more effective in keeping bacteria
from adhering to medical devices. Nice, soft little polymers. Comfy.
MIT Technology Review , 5/30/08, via Becky.
3. Green tea antioxidant may help prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking
development of toxic protein.
Yahoo! News , 5/31/08, via Becky.
4. Neurologically impaired mice improve after receiving human neural stem
The Journal of Life Sciences Weekly Brief, 6/6/08, via Hugh.
5. The intestine alone contains numerous stem cell types. So this isn’t all so
simple, is it?
Bloomberg , 6/8/08, via Hugh.
6. Researchers close in on new melanoma gene.
Genomics and Health Weekly Update, 5/23/08, via Susan.
COMMERCIAL BIOTECH APPLICATIONS:
1. ED triage via touch-screen kiosk. Hmmm . . .just struck me. Touch
screen. ER patients. Any issue with disinfecting it between uses? If the
staff hasn’t the time for personal triage, who is wielding the antibacterial
wipes? Ah, check out the story below on antibacterial wipes for more good
Nurse.com , 5/19/08, via Becky.
2. Hospital uses scanner and barcoded patient wristbands to increase
accuracy of treatment. I’m torn over this one. Accuracy is critical, surely.
But somehow there is a certain dehumanization about this as well.
Northern Virginia Daily, 6/3/08, via Becky.
3. Antibacterial wipes used in hospitals may actually spread those superbugs.
Another one of those delightfully comforting stories, right?
MSNBC.com , 6/3/08, via Becky.
4. Word/Logic Bank to help build “thinking” machines for complex applications,
Internet Business Law Services , 6/3/08, via Becky.
5. Automated drug dispensing improves care at nursing homes.
Dallas News , 6/11/08, via Becky.
6. RFID technology helps hospitals keep track of medical devices, and could
also save lives.
Boston.com , 6/9/08, via Becky.
7. Health Information Technology, as practiced at the Cleveland Clinic.
Time, 6/5/08, via Becky.
1. Howard Hughes Medical Institute expands research funding as government
dyn/content/article/2008/05/27/AR2008052701014.html , via Hugh.
2. Takeda Pharmaceutical inks another massive deal. (All right, full disclosure
here. I once did a commercial for Takeda Vitamins, which I believe was part
of this corporation. It only aired in Japan. I was the one playing Frisbee in
the background. No kidding. Funny world, eh?)
Boston Herald, 5/28/08, via Hugh.
3. Icahn demands shareholders vote to replace three Biogen board members.
markets-equity-cx_cg_0527markets28.html , via Hugh.
LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY DEVELOPMENTS:
1. HHS to provide grants to boost public health preparedness.
Washington Technology, 6/4/08, via Becky.
2. Dual-Use Research Awareness. This story was hot off the press today!
Science Progress, 6/11/08, via Susan.
1. GPC Biotech announces grant of European patent to Satraplatin for
treating tumors resistant to taxanes.
Yahoo! Finance, 6/12/08.
2. Mylan claims win in patent dispute appeal with AstraZeneca.
Forbes.com, 6/10/08, via FDLI SmartBrief.
REGULATORY MATTERS/FDA ACTIVITY:
1. Sentinal Initiative will allow FDA to use Medicare claim information to
assess risks of newly marketed drugs sooner than it can now.
New York Times, 5/23/08, via Hugh.
2. Biologics manufacturers (on average) spend 88 hours annually filing and
maintaining Adverse Experience Report information.
FDA News, 5/23/08, via Hugh.
3. FDA official sees some delays over safety. Oh, my. Really?
Reuters, 5/27/08, via Becky.
4. Drug companies drain scientific brains from FDA. Oh, great.
fda_N.htm , USA Today, 6/3/08, via Hugh.
5. Auction websites and the sale of prescription drugs. FTC, FDA, alphabets
are involved here.
Internet Business Law Services, 6/11/08, via Becky.
6. CDRH explores recommendations for gender-specific cardiovascular studies.
Medical Devices Today, 6/9/08, via Becky.
7. FDA seeks to reclassify full field digital mammography systems from class
III to class II.
Health Imaging News, 6/10/08, via FDLI SmartBrief.
1. Day of admission dictates length of stay for heart failure patients. Time
your illness, if you can.
Forbes.com, 5/20/08, via Becky.
2. Robotic woman gives birth at Valley View Hospital. No, I am not kidding. I
don’t make these things up.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 5/27/08, via Becky.
3. Tap dancing helps nursing students learn ECG rhythms. I’m all for
whatever learning technique works, but this one just puts up a bizarre image
in my mind for some reason.
Nurse.com, 6/2/08, via Becky.
This is an excerpt from a publication is sent weekly to Section of Science & Technology Law Biotechnology Law Committee members. Click here to learn about this committee.
Lisa M. von Biela is a student at the University of Minnesota Law School and Student Representative to the SciTech Biotech Law Committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.