The FDA Welcomes A New Commissioner: What Will Dr. Gottlieb Do?

Mark Senak contributed to this article. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointed commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has taken the lead of an agency that regulates one-fifth of the economy and oversees two of Americans’ most important…

Selling TrumpCare: Be Careful What You Promise

Having finally rolled out its legislative proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and the Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to corral enough support to get the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through both houses…

New Year, New Administration, New FDA and New Cures: Approvals and Enforcement Outlook for 2017

Every U.S. federal agency is facing the potential for considerable change given a new Administration taking office this month, setting into motion the process whereby new heads of bureaucracies assume responsibility and bring different priorities and agendas to their respective…

Four Reasons Why Obamacare Won’t Be Repealed In Trump’s First 100 Days

How Will Healthcare Fare in Trump’s First 100 Days? Ever since Franklin Roosevelt succeeded Herbert Hoover in the White House, the nation has focused tremendous attention on a new president’s first 100 days. As Donald J. Trump prepares to take…

These are Three Storylines We’re Watching at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

It’s that time of year again. We’re days away from the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. All eyes will be on this gathering of the world’s biotechnology start-ups, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and health insurers. And…

What's Next for 21st Century Cures Act?

The 21st Century Cures Act has been long in the making. First passed by the House of Representatives as in July 2015 by an overwhelming vote of 344 – 77, the bill hit the legislative wall in the Senate where,…

The Coming Battle Over Medicaid

President-elect Trump’s promise to convert the Medicaid program into a state-run block grant has tremendous implications for low-income and disabled Americans and their families. It can also have significant impact on key parts of the healthcare industry including the insurance,…

President-Elect Trump & Healthcare

So the election-with-no-end is finally over and the nation is starting to sort out what the results will mean for a wide range of concerns including healthcare. While the candidates staked out very different positions, they spent very little time…

Let’s Play Fantasy Baseball, Cabinet Version

I have never quite understood the allure of fantasy sports. Picking players from different teams based on past performance and your hunch of how they might play in the future on a team you create seems boring to me. As…

The Best of Cannes Lions Health: Smart Ideas, Well-Executed

The sheer volume of inspiring and excellent work shared at this year’s Cannes Lions Health has been remarkable—from breathtakingly beautiful films to stunning works of art and fantastically creative social campaigns. As I watched the awards ceremony presentations, I had…

4 Things Pharma Needs to do to Unlock its Super Powers

Reflecting on my first day at the Cannes Lions Health festival, there is a consistent theme across all of the sessions... Yes, pharma can. It’s no secret that social and digital changed the health landscape. The smart phone will revolutionize…

Cannes Lions Health: Empathy Is the Key to Life-Changing Creativity

Earlier today at Cannes Lions Health, Genentech (a FleishmanHillard client) shared the powerful findings of their Lung Cancer Project, a study which sought to identify and understand unconscious bias. They found that an astonishing three out of four people had…

Why Media Coverage of Medical Research is Making John Oliver Mad, and What PR Pros Could Do to Help

You’ve seen the headlines. They appeared on your Facebook feed, your Twitter handle and your local news. You probably overheard someone mention one on your way to work. Maybe you’ve even seen these: “Swaddling May Be Linked to SIDS, New…

Donald Trump’s 7-Point Healthcare Plan

Now that his road to the Republican nomination for President seems to be getting shorter, Donald Trump has released a seven-point plan for healthcare reform. But, like much in this campaign to date, it is short on details and new…

Is It Enough to Mean Well? The Importance of Empathy

A few weeks ago, I was helping to lead a client message training session for an amazing group of female philanthropists. These women are leading incredible global health initiatives, from addressing gender-based violence in Honduras and Trinidad to transforming sanitation…