U of MN Pharmacist on Price Hikes for Prescription Drugs
Today's Bloomberg Business quotes Stephen Schondelmeyer, a doctor of pharmacy and economist at the University of Minnesota, discussing the phenomenon of "shadow pricing." When supposedly competing pharmaceutical companies change their prices in tandem consumers pay higher prices. Schondelmeyer says branded prescription drugs “are basically not a competitive market,” when it comes to prices.
Registration Opens for Precision Medicine Symposium, June 8
The University of Minnesota's Precision Medicine and Health Consortium (PMHC) invites all faculty and graduate students to participate in a full-day symposium featuring leading informatics experts from the pharmaceutical industry, Vanderbilt’s Medical Informatics team, and University of Minnesota researchers and practitioners.
For a full agenda, list of speakers and to register, click here. Registration closes on May 27, 2015.
The program is jointly sponsored by PMHC, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), the Academic Health Center (AHC), the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy, and the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.
Resisting the Tide of Health News "Dreck"
A Minnesota-based website dedicated to improving news coverage of health has been relaunched under the auspices of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. Health News Review was founded nine years ago by Gary Schwitzer, former head of the medical news unit at CNN and founding editor-in-chief of the Mayo Clinic's consumer health website. More than three dozen experts from around the country evaluate news articles and press releases using a 10-point scale developed by the Health News Review staff. In this MinnPost interview, Schwitzer describes "red flags" consumers need to look for in healthcare media coverage.
Save the Dates! Announcing our 2015-16 Lectures
We're pleased to announce next year's lectures, featuring leading scholars discussing fascinating topics. Event registration isn't yet open, but if you want to get a notification when it is, please sign up here.
Lecture Series on Microbiome Research & Microbiota Therapeutics
New York University School of Medicine, Human Microbiome Program
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, 11:30-1
Best Buy Theater, 4th floor, Northrop Auditorium
University of Chicago School of Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:30-1
Mississippi Room, Coffman Union
Director, Law and Health Care Program, University of Maryland Law School
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 11:30-1
Mississippi Room, Coffman Union
Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine: Health Care Disparities
St. Louis University School of Law
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 11:30-1
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology and Center for Bioethics. Support for the series comes from the Deinard family and the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street.
CIDRAP Study Targets Source of H5N2 Influenza
More than 5.3 million birds have been destroyed in an effort to control the virulent H5N2 avian flu, more than 2.6 million in Minnesota alone. The University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is working with researchers at the state and federal level to determine how the virus is entering poultry barns. An article in Business Insider describes those efforts, as well as the focus on improving protections for farm workers.