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Features by Helen Palmer

Clock's ticking for Pfizer

Pfizer halted development of its new cholesterol drug following unexpected deaths during test trials. It's a huge blow to the drugmaker, which needs a blockbuster with Lipitor's patent set to expire in 5 years. Helen Palmer reports.
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Personal info on file — in the dumpster

The nation's largest drugstore chains say they're working to improve patient privacy after an investigative reporter easily found sensitive information about their customers.
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Prescription for profits: Hand out pink slips

Pfizer has announced that it will slash 20 percent of its workforce. The company's plagued by an industry-wide problem, as drug reps find it harder and harder to get face time with doctors. Helen Palmer reports.
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Hospital closures on the horizon?

A state commission in New York today is likely to recommend closure of dozens of public hospitals to streamline health care delivery and costs. Helen Palmer reports.
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Getting drug ads to your TV faster

The FDA has reached a new deal with pharmaceutical companies: Drug makers will now pay fees in return for a speedier review process of their TV ads. Helen Palmer reports.
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The cost of cancer

A new survey says cancer patients — insured or not — are having a hard time keeping up with their treatment bills. Helen Palmer reports.
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Questioning the flu shot

The CDC recommends flu shots for 185 million of us, but some experts question how effective they really are — and whether it's actually a good public health investment. Helen Palmer reports.
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Medicare Part D enrollment, take two

Enrollment starts today for year two of the government's Medicare Part program. Not everyone's satisfied, but it's been mostly a success for seniors — and insurers, Helen Palmer reports.
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Is it <i>really</i> universal health insurance?

The health insurance industry's main lobby group today unveils a plan to provide access to health coverage for all Americans. Does it live up to its promise? Helen Palmer reports.
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Blueprint for safer surgery

The FDA has a new plan to improve safety monitoring for medical devices like pacemakers, defibrillators and those spring-like stents that pop arteries open during surgery. Helen Palmer reports.
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