Eshoo bill huge boon for Silicon Valley biotech
Buried in the giant health care bills in Congress is a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Silicon Valley’s biotechnology and venture capital industries, sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Palo Alto Democrat.
The provision would grant “biologic” drugs, a new class of drugs based on gene splicing and grown in living cells, 12 years of protection from competition by the generic drug industry, in addition to their patents.
A scathing report by the Federal Trade Commission in June said no added protection, much less 12 years, was warranted, and warned that the Eshoo legislation would ensure sky-high drug prices and stifle innovation on the most promising frontier of medical research.
OK-What if I “think” I might have this…how and where do I go to get the correct diagnosis fast?
Survivor: Tierra Del Fuego
RA Guy on June 3rd, 2009
While surfing online last night, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy came across a leaked document that included all of the secret details about the upcoming season of the hit CBS reality show Survivor.
The link has since been taken down, but I’ll go ahead and share with you what I remember.
This season’s big twist (spoiler alert!): In order to be eligible for the show, contestants must be living with rheumatoid arthritis. (In a related twist, producers have agreed to eliminate any upper or lower age limits.)
In the couple of months leading up to the season premier of Season 19 of the Survivor, this blog post was actually one of the top Google search results for anything related to the show. I always wondered about how much confusion this might have caused people who stumbled across my version of what the new season would be like!
That took only about 36 hours. A day and a half without internet access seems like an eternity…I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing!
My home Internet service went down earlier today. A technician came out in the afternoon and was unable to fix the problem; hopefully it will be fixed sometime tomorrow. I´m keeping my arthritic fingers crossed! I hope to be back online soon. (In case you are wondering, I am typing this from an Internet Cafe, right before I head over to my evening class.)