Saturday, July 24

Moderna confronts a $100 billion question


Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Zachary Tracer, and today in healthcare news:

  • We examined Moderna’s transformation, and what comes next;
  • The head of the FDA is calling for a probe of her agency’s decision to approve Aduhelm;
  • Wondering if you’ve got COVID or the common cold? This chart might help.

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Scientists at Moderna's research hub in Norwood, Massachusetts working on the biotech's mRNA technology

Scientists at Moderna’s research hub in Norwood, Massachusetts working on the biotech’s mRNA technology.

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We got an exclusive look inside Moderna’s labs, where the biotech upstart is planning what comes after its blockbuster coronavirus vaccine

  • Led by its coronavirus vaccine, Moderna has surged into the drug industry’s top ranks.
  • The biotech has rapidly expanded to boost production by hiring hundreds and opening new buildings.
  • Insider visited Moderna’s labs to learn about the biotech’s plans beyond COVID-19.

See what’s next>>

Janet Woodcock

Interim FDA Commission Janet Woodcock.

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The head of the FDA is calling for an investigation into her agency’s controversial decision to approve a new Alzheimer’s drug

  • Interim FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock has asked for an outside investigation into an Alzheimer’s drug approval.
  • The agency approved the drug, Aduhelm, last month, despite a lack of evidence showing the drug slowed the disease.
  • Officials from Biogen and the FDA worked closely together to revive the drug, raising concerns.

Read more>>

coronavirus test

A medical worker performs a PCR test for COVID-19.

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COVID-19 symptoms are overlapping again with colds, flu, and seasonal allergies. Here’s how to tell the difference.

  • Respiratory infections may become more prevalent again now that Americans are ditching their masks.
  • Some cold or flu cases could be easily confused with a mild COVID-19 infection.
  • Headaches and runny noses seem to be more common among recent COVID-19 cases than past ones.

Learn the symptoms to watch for>>

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