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US drug spending suddenly exploded in 1997. What happened?

January 14, 2019


The United States far outspends other wealthy nations on prescription drugs, but a recent study shows the trend dates back only to 1997—and Austin Frakt, a health economist, offers insight on what triggered the spending spike, and what it means for the future of drug spending.

The health care industry spends $30B a year on marketing. Here's where it all goes, charted.

January 11, 2019


The health care industry is spending more on promotional advertising than ever before, with annual spending on health care marketing nearly doubling from 1997 to 2016, according to a new study.

Shutdown, Day 20: House passes bill to fund FDA, but it's likely not going anywhere

January 11, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 243-183 to approve a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture, which includes funding for FDA and would end a partial shutdown at the agency, though it is unlikely the bill will advance in the Senate.

23andMe claims its gene test can help you lose weight. Not so fast, scientists say.

January 11, 2019


23andMe on Tuesday announced that it will offer personalized weight-loss advice to consumers based on their genetic data, but some scientists are skeptical the product will actually produce results.

Democrats are looking to lower Rx drug prices. Here's how.

January 11, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation intended to lower prescription drug costs in the United States, including measures that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs and Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices.

Netflix's stark warning to viewers: 'Don't end up in the hospital'

January 11, 2019


Netflix in a tweet warned users that the viral "Bird Box" challenge—which entails doing tasks from walking indoors to driving a car blindfolded—can lead to injury and possible hospitalization.

FDA to launch new office to streamline drug approvals

January 11, 2019


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday said the agency will create a new office tasked with developing a standardized approach for evaluating drugs.

In the states: Idaho to move forward with 'state-based' health plans, Maine to implement Medicaid expansion, and more

January 11, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Shutdown, Day 19: FDA suspends some food and drug activities, IHS facilities face closures, and more

January 10, 2019


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has suspended all routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities because of the partial government shutdown, which caused FDA to furlough about 41% of its staff, but he is working on a plan to bring back some food inspectors as soon as next week to inspect facilities that are considered high-risk.

Map: The 600,000 US residents who will die of cancer this year

January 10, 2019


The U.S. cancer death rate has been dropping for 25 years—but even so, 600,000 U.S. residents likely will die of the disease this year, according to a new American Cancer Society report.

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