Can pharma-shaming get someone re-elected? How rare is too rare when it comes to biotech research? And what does “positive” even mean, really?

We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, we discuss some confusing new clinical data in Alzheimer’s disease that has led to controversy around a Biogen-developed treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. STAT’s Lev Facher joins us to discuss how the issue of drug pricing is shaping races across the U.S. ahead of the midterm elections. And then we explore how crowdfunded science for ultra-rare diseases has led to some inspiring stories and shined a light on a gray area in biotech research. Finally, we run through a packed week of biotech earnings, a hotly contested new depression treatment, and mounting competition in the monopolistic world of genome sequencing.

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