How do you pay for a drug that costs $84,000? – There’s a new $84,000 treatment for hepatitis C that’s giving new hope to patients. But it’s also giving a health-care system strained by limited resources a strong reality check. Since Gilead Sciences unveiled Sovaldi more than six months ago, its $84,000 price tag has ignited a conversation in the health policy world about how to make life-saving medicines more affordable without hurting drugmakers’ incentives to develop the treatments in the first place. The drug’s 90 percent cure rate is by far better than any treatment previously available for hepatitis C patients.
Kasimir Malevich’s ‘Black Square’: What does it say to you? - A pivotal moment in the history of modern art or the work of a self-publicist with the gift of the gab? Michael Glover searches for meaning in The Independent - “The painting itself sits in a relatively darkened room at Tate Modern, where a major retrospective of the career of its creator, Kasimir Malevich from Kiev, opens today. Given that the painting is black from top to toe and hip to hip, and that it is often said to represent a pivotal moment in the history of abstraction and the art of the 20th century, this strikes the onlooker as an odd decision. Why not be given the opportunity to see it as clearly as possible?”