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

  • From teenage science project to Nasdaq

    From teenage science project to Nasdaq

    The gig: Andrew Ritter, the 34-year-old founder of Ritter Pharmaceuticals in Los Angeles, created the original form of the firm’s lead experimental drug by testing it on himself when he was in eighth grade.  Ritter has been working on the project — which he says could be the first government-approved...

  • Drug costs skyrocket for many older Americans, despite Medicare coverage

    Drug costs skyrocket for many older Americans, despite Medicare coverage

    To avoid liver damage, Roberta Solar, a 71-year-old cancer patient, has to take a medicine called ursodiol, perhaps for the rest of her life. Next year her annual out-of-pocket costs for the drug will jump from $93 to $1,878 – a rise of almost 2,000%, according to information that she and her husband...

  • Pomona hospital employees say patients are at risk of superbug infections

    Pomona hospital employees say patients are at risk of superbug infections

    Employees of one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest hospitals say they that fear patients are being sickened by dirty conditions that management has ignored. “I pick up bone, blood and flesh,” said Leticia Duarte, an environmental services employee at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. “It...

  • Judge allows Anthem to continue sales of stripped-down insurance policies

    Judge allows Anthem to continue sales of stripped-down insurance policies

    A judge ruled Tuesday against a restraining order that would have stopped Anthem Blue Cross from switching 500,000 Californians to health insurance plans offering no coverage for out-of-network care. A consumer group had asked the judge for the restraining order after Anthem sent notices saying...

  • Judge is asked to stop Anthem from ending out-of-network coverage for 500,000 Californians

    Judge is asked to stop Anthem from ending out-of-network coverage for 500,000 Californians

    A consumer group has asked a judge to immediately stop Anthem Blue Cross from switching 500,000 Californians to health plans offering no coverage for out-of-network care. The dispute is over a change Anthem made to its 2017 plans known as preferred provider organizations, or PPOs, throughout much...

  • If the Obamacare law is repealed, could California keep it anyway?

    If the Obamacare law is repealed, could California keep it anyway?

    Millions of Californians have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  Now the future of that federal law – and medical coverage for those people  -- is in doubt. President-elect Donald Trump said repeatedly during his campaign that one of his first acts would be to “repeal and replace”...

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