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Are prescription drugs like new cars? Is pharma’s grand bargain a sham? And who keeps your DNA safe?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT’s Nicholas Florko joins us for a discussion of the Trump administration’s efforts to get drug prices into TV ads — and the industry’s vehement opposition. And then we talk about why the best-selling drug in the universe is facing competition overseas but retains a monopoly here in the U.S. Kate Black, 23andMe’s chief privacy officer, talks to us about genetic data security in the age of Facebook leaks and cold-case surprises. Finally, we run through a big-money cancer deal, what to expect from Europe’s big oncology meeting, and the legacy of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.


For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on drug ads; here’s the news on Humira biosimilars; and here’s a transcript of the 23andMe interview.

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