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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Today's Globe: healthcare fees, HPV and throat cancer, FDA drug-review revamp, life sciences bet

Taxpayers are bearing a larger share of the cost of the expansion of healthcare coverage than expected because the state has not yet collected a penny from businesses that do not help insure their workers.

The sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer also sharply increases the risk of certain types of throat cancer among people infected through oral sex, according to a study about the human papillomavirus, or HPV, being published today.

The Food and Drug Administration would have to establish a system to monitor the safety of new drugs after they hit the market and the pharmaceutical industry would be required to register clinical trials of new medicines in a publicly available database under legislation approved yesterday by the Senate.

The Patrick administration's proposal to stimulate the life sciences sector here by investing $1 billion in public funds over 10 years is a bold effort to insulate the state against flat federal funding for biomedical research and fend off competitors, including California and North Carolina, that threaten Massachusetts' dominant position in the industry, a Globe editorial says.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:21 AM
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