RelatedFifth anniversary of flights to Saudi Arabia celebrated by bmiFifth anniversary of flights to Saudi Arabia celebrated by bmiLaunch of cheap flights to Berlin from Heathrow this monthCheap flights to Berlin from London Heathrow are being launched by bmibmi regional to launch new flight between Birmingham and Aberdeenbmi regional has announced that it will launch a new flight between Birmingham and Aberdeen bmi has become the first British airline to offer passengers in-flight communication services, including SMS-enabled mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants).The airline, which is London Heathrow’s second largest, also announced that it will allow passengers access to the internet and email from laptop computers fitted with GSM data cards.The new service will be trialled for six months on an Airbus A320 aircraft flying between Heathrow and Moscow after the airline secured telecommunications regulatory approval from Ofcom.Commenting on the service, Peter Spencer, managing director of bmi, said he was “delighted” to be working alongside OnAir, which will be supplying the necessary equipment.”Our research tells us that our business passengers in particular have two key concerns – getting through the airport quickly and being able to carry on working during their journey, so we’re confident that many will warmly welcome this service,” he said.bmi announced last month that it had removed all fuel surcharges on its flights within the UK and Europe.Read more about onboard internet: Sky High WiFi ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
NPR reports on how one hospital made what is termed an “unusual decision” — it chose to not stock a new drug because it was very costly. NPR: When A Famous Hospital Didn’t Want An Expensive New DrugLast year, a new drug called Zaltrap was approved as a kind of last-chance therapy for patients with colorectal cancer. Studies suggested Zaltrap worked almost exactly as well as an existing drug, called Avastin. In fact, the main difference between the two drugs seemed to be the price. “I was rather stunned,” Dr. Leonard Saltz, who specializes in colorectal cancer, told me. Zaltrap costs about $11,000 per month — about twice as much as Avastin, Saltz said. Saltz and his colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York made what seemed like a very reasonable decision: The hospital would not stock the more expensive drug. But taking cost into account for a new cancer drug was a very unusual decision for the hospital (Kestenbaum, 3/28).Also in the news, how independent pharmacies are seeking help from state legislators regarding the shift to generics and the role of pharmacy benefit managers – The Wall Street Journal: Drugstores Press For Pricing DataAmerica’s shift to generic drugs has saved consumers more than a $1 trillion over a decade, but it has taken a heavy toll on independent pharmacists. Now these small businesses are turning to state legislators across the country for help against powerful middlemen that determine how much drugstores are reimbursed for certain medicines. Currently, eight states, including Oregon, are considering such legislation (Martin, 3/27).The Lund Report: Small Pharmacies Getting Squeeze From Goliath PBMsCentral Drugs Pharmacy has been open for 110 years in downtown Portland, and it specializes in dispensing drugs for those who suffer from HIV. But owner Shelley Bailey told two legislative committees that if abusive business practices by pharmacy benefit managers are not curtailed, she may have to close its doors. She said that pharmacists have been struggling with reimbursements that are completely unpredictable and punitive audits that are often unfounded (Gray, 3/27). Drug Costs And Pricing Issues Touch Hospitals, Independent Pharmacies This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.