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I’ve been searching for a good podcast from conservatives and have recently started listening to ‘Consider This!‘  I was drawn in by coverage of market forces acting to moderate drug prices following what I personally consider the loathsome actions of Martin Shkreli. “…(who) was criticized last month after his Turing Pharmaceuticals company announced an increase in the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per capsule after buying the rights to sell the drug. Daraprim is the only approved treatment for a life-threatening parasitic infection. “(from the CT! Podcast)

Daraprim is the trade name for Pyrimethamine ,  a medication used for protozoal infections. Mark L. Baum, CEO of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, announced it’s selling an alternate medication to Daraprim for $1 a capsule according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

With luck, Imprimis will be successful in its campaign to launch an affordable alternative thereby undercutting profit-gouging by the Hedge Fund investor-cum-pharma CEO,  Shkreli.

If any of you know of a good conservative news / opinion feed, please let me know. I’m eager to hear well-reasoned conservative takes on the news from newcasters less interested in partisan politics and more interested in valid, fact-checked arguments.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Magic Bullets

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from SAFC global

I just saw that the most recent issue of Science is highlighting a favorite topic of mine, antibody-mediated therapy and B cell biology. I’ve done work in both of these (related) fields in the past and remain an advocate of antibody-tageting of therapies using drug conjugates (e.g. trastuzumab–DM1) or initiating cell-specific effects simply by binding (e.g. anti-CD20). 

In the early 20th century, Paul Ehrlich coined the phrase “magische Kugel,” to describe antibodies as ‘magical’ proteins which could unerringly home in on targets to do a variety of things. Today, we can paint tumors with antibody conjugated with fluorescent dyes, deliver toxic chemicals to cells we wish to eliminate or simply activate / deactivate cells through targeting of receptor proteins.

I’m eager to get my hands on this issue and see what’s new (if anything) in the field and what products are currently in the pipeline of various biotech companies. 

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(I’m suddenly struck anew with the misery of not having access to Nature and other journals I’ve always had handy. I’m so glad I at least still have Science! )

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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