Arthur Allen, editor for California Healthline, joined Kaiser Health News in April 2020 after six years at Politico, where he created, edited and wrote for the first health IT-focused news team. Previously, he was a freelance writer for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Lingua Franca magazine, The New Republic, Slate and Salon. Earlier in his career, he worked for The Associated Press for 13 years, including stints as a correspondent based in El Salvador, Mexico and Germany. He is the author of the books “Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver” (W.W. Norton, 2007); “Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato” (Counterpoint Press, 2010) and “The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl” (W.W. Norton, 2014).
Biden administration’s limit on drug industry middlemen backfires, pharmacists say
By: Arthur Allen - November 16, 2023
The Biden administration’s first major step toward imposing limits on the pharmacy benefit managers who act as the drug industry’s price negotiators is backfiring, pharmacists say. Instead, it’s adding to the woes of the independent drugstores it was partly designed to help. The so-called PBMs have long clawed back a fee from pharmacies weeks or […]
Five important questions about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
By: Arthur Allen - November 13, 2020
Pfizer’s announcement on Monday that its COVID-19 shot appears to keep nine in 10 people from getting the disease sent its stock price rocketing. Many news reports described the vaccine as if it were our deliverance from the pandemic, even though few details were released. There was certainly something to crow about: Pfizer’s vaccine consists […]