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Naloxone prescriptions are booming—but still lag far behind opioid prescriptions, CDC finds

August 8, 2019


The number of U.S. pharmacies dispensing prescriptions for the opioid reversal drug naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018, but there still is only one naloxone prescription dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

VA inappropriately denied or rejected at least $53M in claims from non-VA hospitals, VA's OIG finds

August 8, 2019


Nearly one-third of claims denied or rejected by Veteran Affairs (VA) claims processors for emergency care at non-VA hospitals were misprocessed during a six-month period in 2017, according to a VA Office of Inspector General report released Tuesday.

FDA says drugmaker submitted manipulated data for approval of $2.1M gene therapy

August 8, 2019


FDA on Tuesday said some data submitted to the agency during its approval process for Zolgensma, a gene therapy drug priced at $2.1 million, were manipulated, but the agency stressed the remaining data suggest the product should remain on the market.

Surescripts, claiming fraud, is calling the FBI into its battle with Amazon's PillPack

August 8, 2019


A dispute between Amazon's PillPack and Surescripts, the largest medical data and e-prescription company in the United States, escalated last week as Surescripts cut off PillPack's data vendor from accessing its patient prescription information, arguing the company gained the information "fraudulently."

How to use Twitter, according to a health system's Chief Medical Social Media Officer

August 8, 2019


As patients increasingly turn to the internet for health care information, Austin Chiang, a gastroenterologist and the first chief medical social media officer for Jefferson Health, describes how doctors can improve their social media presence to connect patients with the right information.

How cities, counties, states, distributors are proposing to settle opioid cases

August 7, 2019


Cities and counties are proposing to form a negotiating bloc involving all 33,000 U.S. counties, cities, and towns, including those that have not filed lawsuits, to settle opioid cases brought by local governments, while sources say AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson are proposing to pay $10 billion to settle opioid cases brought by state governments.

‘Nothing short of epic’: How local officials and providers are fighting measles

August 7, 2019


As the number of U.S. measles cases continues to grow, state officials, local officials, and health care providers are adopting new approaches to get communities vaccinated and combat misinformation.

The best hospitals for women's health care, according to Healthgrades

August 7, 2019


Healthgrades has named its recipients of the 2019 Women's Care Awards, which the organization says recognizes hospitals "that demonstrate exceptional outcomes and excel in women's health care services."

Can GPS navigation really 'ruin your brain'?

August 7, 2019


An opinion piece recently published in the Washington Post argued that the rise of GPS navigation might be undermining humans' brain function, but in an interview with Vox's Brian Resnick, neuroscientist Kate Jeffery explains why that is unlikely.

The 'alarming' increase in colorectal cancer in young adults—and what providers are doing about it

August 7, 2019


Rates of colorectal cancer are rising among U.S. residents under 50 years old, according to a study published last month in the journal Cancer, leading some provider groups to lower their recommended screening age for the disease.

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