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Science Policy Around the Web – October 5, 2012

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By: Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.


A $400,000 Drug and Why It Matters for Global Health – 
Amanda Glassman over at the Global Health Policy blog gives a thought-provoking economic and sociological analysis to the big business of expensive niche drugs and how they can skew health spending.  “…industry is increasingly seeing a profit opportunity in high-cost niche drugs, rather than low-cost, high-impact/volume medicines. Middle-income populations are aging rapidly but are better educated and living longer, demanding more healthcare from their governments. Further, individual rights can be increasingly litigated in countries where governments have long promised but failed to deliver comprehensive healthcare.  One possible result is excellent health care for a few, and implicit rationing for the rest.”

How helpful are dense-breast right-to-know laws? – Laura Newman gives a fabulous rundown on the recent legislative furor over screening of women with dense breasts and how this issue is still quite scientifically murky.   (via the Patient POV blog)

How to Communicate With Patients About Health Care Evidence – Chuck Alston and Patrick McCabe discuss their recent findings on how best to discuss medical evidence with patients who wish to be increasingly involved in their own health care decisions.  Some interesting tidbits:  many patients wish for more meaningful conversations with their health care providers, for health care providers to listen to them, and for providers to clearly explain the medical evidence behind their options…and also the option of not treating at all.

Have an interesting science policy link?  Share it in the comments!

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October 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

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