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Jury orders J&J to pay patient $8B over antipsychotic Risperdal

October 10, 2019


A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a Maryland man who claimed J&J failed to properly warn patients and providers that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could spur breast growth in boys.

Why the US won't be affected by the latest Zantac recall

October 10, 2019


GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in all markets as a "precaution," after FDA last week announced that it has detected "unacceptable" levels of a cancer-causing chemical in some samples of the drug—but the recall will not affect Zantac products sold in the United States.

The US 'wastes' nearly $1 trillion in health spending each year. Where does it all go?

October 9, 2019


About 25% of U.S. health care spending annually is wasteful, according to a study published Monday in JAMA. See where all the money goes on our interactive charts.

Nursing Home Compare will soon alert consumers about abuse violations

October 9, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that it will add a new icon to its Nursing Home Compare website to alert consumers when a nursing home has been cited for incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

SCOTUS declines to hear MS drug patent case

October 9, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday denied drugmaker Acorda Therapeutics' request to hear a case regarding patents for the company's multiple sclerosis treatment Ampyra, meaning generic versions of the drug can remain on the market.

Map: See the 2,583 hospitals that face readmission penalties this year

October 8, 2019


Medicare last week began the latest payment adjustments to hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and more than 2,500 hospitals will face penalties for fiscal year 2020, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

SCOTUS to hear case challenging Louisiana abortion requirements

October 8, 2019


The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a case challenging a Louisiana law that would impose new requirements on abortion providers, marking the first major abortion-related case the high court will hear since President Trump's conservative-leaning justice nominees were confirmed.

Stranded at 30,000 feet with no lifesaving drugs: US drug shortage hits the skies

October 8, 2019


The Federal Aviation Administration requires airlines to carry certain lifesaving drugs onboard every flight but, in recent years, a growing number of airlines have received exemptions for planes to fly without all the drugs because of shortages.

Trump admin will deny visas to those without health insurance

October 7, 2019


President Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that could deny immigrants' visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

Personal injury lawsuit ads targeting drugmakers might be 'deceptive,' FTC warns

October 7, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission last month sent warning letters to seven law firms and marketing companies, warning that their ads seeking patients for personal injury lawsuits against drugmakers could violate federal law and cause patients to avoid taking their medications.

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