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Episode 43: Our Take March–Part 2

Apr 04, 2019


In this week’s episode, John reviews some pharma breakthroughs—along with one major setback—and discusses the bold statement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Highlights include:

  • The Department of Justice issued a letter stating that it agrees with a federal judge who struck down the entire ACA as unconstitutional.
  • The FDA approved the first drug to treat postpartum depression: Sage Therapeutics’ Zulresso (brexanolone).
  • Amarin Corp. presented updated results for its ongoing Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) clinical trial, REDUCE-IT, at the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting.
  • Biogen is scrapping its investigational treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, and is canceling its Phase III ENGAGE and EMERGE clinical trials.

In this episode

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John earned his B.A. in economics from Knox College, an MBA and M.A. in public policy from The University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework and doctoral exams in clinical epidemiology and health economics at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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