Melody Petersen

Writer

Melody Petersen covers biotechnology for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she wrote about the pharmaceutical industry for the New York Times. She won a Loeb award for reporting about a power company at the San Jose Mercury News. She has also written for the Orange County Register and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She’s the author of Our Daily Meds, a book about the drug industry. She’s a former certified public accountant and grew up on an Iowa farm.

Recent Articles

  • U.S. senator seeks data on infection outbreak linked to 'repaired' Olympus scope

    U.S. senator seeks data on infection outbreak linked to 'repaired' Olympus scope

    Saying she was alarmed by a new superbug outbreak, a U.S. senator on Tuesday asked Olympus for data showing its redesigned medical scope was safe. In a letter, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked the Japanese device manufacturer for more information about a recent outbreak that sickened five patients...

  • Olympus' redesigned scope is linked to infection outbreak

    Olympus' redesigned scope is linked to infection outbreak

    Doctors have tied a superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility to a medical scope that Olympus modified last year in an attempt to reduce its risk of spreading bacteria between patients. Five patients treated with the modified device tested positive for the same potentially deadly bacteria,...

  • Health premiums would leap for many Californians under GOP plan

    Health premiums would leap for many Californians under GOP plan

    Health insurance premiums would leap substantially for many Californians, especially lower-income people living in high-cost cities, under the House Republican plan to replace Obamacare, according to an analysis released Tuesday. Californians purchasing insurance through the state’s Obamacare program...

  • Scott Gottlieb, a doctor with ties to the drug industry, is picked to lead the FDA

    Scott Gottlieb, a doctor with ties to the drug industry, is picked to lead the FDA

    President Trump said Friday that he would nominate Scott Gottlieb, a conservative physician with longstanding ties to the drug industry, to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. If his nomination is confirmed, Gottlieb, 44, will oversee America’s largest regulator of medical...

  • Young doctors can work 28 hours straight under new rules

    Young doctors can work 28 hours straight under new rules

    Despite concerns from the public about safety, the private group that oversees physician training voted to allow young doctors to work shifts as long as 28 hours. The new rules, which begin on July 1, relax work restrictions put in place in 2011, when mounting evidence showed that exhausted residents...

  • Soon-Shiong biotech company's stock plunges after report

    Soon-Shiong biotech company's stock plunges after report

    Shares of Patrick Soon-Shiong’s biotech firm plunged this week after a news report raised questions of whether the Los Angeles billionaire had used a donation to a university to artificially inflate the outlook for the company’s operations. STAT, a news group affiliated with the Boston Globe, reported...

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