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Opioid misuse cost US economy more than $1T since 2001, report finds

February 15, 2018


Researchers say the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic's greatest financial costs stemmed from lost earnings and productivity as a result of opioid drug-related overdose deaths.

Report reveals financial ties between opioid drugmakers, advocacy groups

February 14, 2018


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who conducted and published the report, says the "financial relationships" detailed in the document "were insidious, lacked transparency, and are one of many factors that have resulted in arguably the most deadly drug epidemic in American history."

The health care provisions in Trump's budget proposal

February 13, 2018


President Trump's fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal requests $95.4 billion in discretionary HHS funding—with some federal health care agencies seeing budget increases and others seeing budget cuts when compared with FY 2017.

Trump announces new 'drug czar' nominee

February 13, 2018


The White House says President Trump will nominate Jim Carroll, who currently serves as the White House's deputy chief of staff, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the agency's deputy and acting director.

Study: 15% of US adults who use OTC painkillers exceed recommended doses

February 13, 2018


Researchers say more than 15% of study participants using ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve, exceeded the maximum recommended daily dose for such drugs on at least one day per week.

Purdue will no longer market OxyContin, other opioids to doctors

February 12, 2018


Purdue Pharma's decision to stop marketing opioids to physicians comes as more than 12 states and about 400 U.S. cities and counties have filed lawsuits against the company and other opioid drugmakers, alleging the companies misrepresented the risks of opioids and fueled the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic.

The (very brief) shutdown is over—and MACRA, Medicare, CHCs, and more just changed

February 9, 2018


Early this morning, President Trump signed a spending package that funds the federal government through March 23 and raises 2018 and 2019 budget caps for defense and domestic programs, including those to combat the opioid misuse epidemic and fund community health centers.

In the states: Alabama files suit against opioid maker; South Dakota lawmakers advance bill to raise tobacco purchasing age, and more

February 9, 2018


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

The latest deal to avert a shutdown could affect Medicare, MACRA, CHCs, and more

February 8, 2018


Congress today is expected to vote on a spending package that would fund the government through March 23, increase funding for community health centers and to combat the opioid misuse epidemic, repeal the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, and more.

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