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It's a Tough Time to Be a Pharma

Looking for some bad pharma news? You've come to the right place. In this story, the Wall Street Journal reports on a gloomy forecast from Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche, who predicts that some drug makers will face bankruptcy or mergers due to a lack of "innovative medicines." He is quoted as saying, "Those who fail to bring sufficient innovation will be squeezed out of this market."

In other news, Stephen Albainy-Jenei at Patent Baristas has a post reporting on findings from the European Commission indicating that pharmas have "engaged in delaying or blocking market entry of competing medicines." He adds, "The EU thinks that ... these [delaying] practices result in significant additional costs for health care -- and ultimately taxpayers and patients -- and reduce incentives to innovate."

 

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.