Biotech Drug Pricing,
Health IT, and More On
New Health Affairs Blog
Guest Bloggers include Leading Economists

Contact: Christopher Fleming
Phone: 301-347-3944

WASHINGTON DC, USA -- HIT/HIPAA UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- OCTOBER 25, 2006: Health Affairs is pleased to announce that after 25 years as a print journal and six years in online publishing, the journal has launched a blog at as a new means of engaging readers in the health policy debate.

"Health Affairs is all about an ongoing dialogue on health policy issues of concern to a diverse audience of interested readers," wrote John Iglehart, Founding Editor, on the blog.

New guest posts on the blog include:

BIOTECH DRUG PRICES: James Robinson, professor of economics, University of California, Berkeley, writes: "The biotechnology industry has grounds for complaint. The research pipeline is disgorging breathtaking new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other once-intractable diseases. But instead of praise, or in addition to praise, the industry finds itself subjected to ever-louder criticism of prices and earnings."

MERCK VP Ian Spatz writes on biotech pricing: "Admittedly, the rigor of [purchaser- and patient-driven cost-effectiveness] evaluations can vary and are sometimes used by purchasers simply to deny access."

HEALTH IT: Join the lively debate between author and readers regarding a new study showing that fewer than 1 in 10 doctors e-prescribe.

HEALTH REFORM: Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University, writes on the reality of health care policymaking.

Alain Enthoven, Stanford University, writes on competition and consumer-driven care.

Alan Maynard, University of York, offers insights from reform experiences in Europe.

And Gail Wilensky discusses pay for performance.

Coming up: more on biotech drug pricing from venture capitalist Leighton Read and others.

Blog posts are copyrighted by Health Affairs but may be freely linked to, quoted, or referenced with attribution by news organizations, blogs, and others. Readers will be encouraged to submit comments on all blog posts. Our goal is to offer a range of views -- not to push a particular agenda. New material will appear on the blog at least weekly, and readers who wish to be informed about new postings may sign up for e-mail alerts or an RSS feed.

Anyone who posts or comments on the Health Affairs blog will be required to register and use his or her real name, and agree to follow all terms of use. All posts and comments will be vetted by the journal’s editors, and we will filter comments for appropriateness and language.


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