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Weekly Line: Opioids killed 47,500 people in 2017. But the death count is only the tip of the iceberg.

February 15, 2019


The United States opioid epidemic killed more than 47,500 people in 2017. 

In the states: California exchange officials call for a reinsurance program, Kentucky delays Medicaid work requirements, and more

February 8, 2019


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

Inside the Trump admin's first National Drug Control Strategy

February 5, 2019


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy on Thursday released its first National Drug Control Strategy under the Trump administration, which focuses on strategies to address the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic.

CMS wants to raise MA payments, expand benefits in 2020

January 31, 2019


CMS on Wednesday released an advance notice of proposed changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which includes proposals to increase baseline payment rates for MA plans, lower cost-sharing requirements for some chronic pain treatments, and offer targeted benefits to improve the health of chronically ill beneficiaries.

Why this doctor works in a bathroom, a van, and the streets to combat drug overdoses

January 31, 2019


As the number of drug-related overdoses in public spaces continues to rise, physicians such as Jessie Gaeta are treating patients far outside the traditional exam room—including in bathrooms and on the streets.

Inside the first criminal trial alleging pharma execs played a role in the opioid epidemic

January 30, 2019


A federal prosecutor on Monday accused former Insys Therapeutics CEO John Kapoor and four of the company's other executives of contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic by using illegal marketing tactics to drive up sales of the opioid drug Subsys—but Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer representing Kapoor, says the charges are "patently false."

Where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care

January 23, 2019


Over the past few weeks, several candidates have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—and they all have indicated health care will be one of their major priorities. American Health Line explores where each of the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on health care.

How opioid marketing is tied to overdose deaths, according to a new study

January 23, 2019


A new study shows the drug industry's direct marketing of opioids is linked to higher opioid prescribing and opioid-related overdose mortality rates across the United States.

'An unprecedented step': To speed development, FDA created its own product label for OTC naloxone

January 22, 2019


Since naloxone is not available over the counter, it does not currently have a Drug Facts label—so FDA took the "unprecedented" step of making one itself, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday.

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