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Drug overdose deaths hit a record high in 2017. See the rise, charted.

August 16, 2018

Preliminary data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show more than 72,200 U.S. residents died from drug-related overdoses in 2017.

Insys announces deal to settle allegations that it paid docs to prescribe powerful opioid

August 14, 2018

Insys Therapeutics in a release says it has reached an agreement in principle with the Department of Justice to settle the department's criminal and civil investigations "into inappropriate sales and commercial practices by some former company employees."

Weekly Line: There's an opioid epidemic—and an opioid shortage. How are both possible at once?

August 3, 2018

It's commonplace these days to hear experts say the United States is awash in way too many opioids.

FDA's cautioned against epidural steroid injections, but doctors are prescribing it anyway

August 1, 2018

As fewer physicians prescribe opioids, a growing number of patients are being prescribed an injectable anti-inflammatory drug to treat their back pain—despite the drug's manufacturer warning against injecting the drug along the spine.

In the states: Idaho residents will vote on Medicaid expansion, court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax, and more

July 20, 2018

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

How CMS wants to change Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule in 2019

July 13, 2018

CMS' Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes an initial 3% reduction in Medicare Part B payments for new drugs, new codes to expand providers' telehealth billing options, and more.

House panel approves HHS spending bill—but its future remains uncertain

July 12, 2018

It is unclear whether House leaders will bring to the floor a fiscal year 2019 HHS spending bill, approved yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why violence in EDs is rising—and what's being done to address it.

July 10, 2018

Episodes of violence are becoming more common and severe in U.S. emergency departments (EDs), prompting ED clinicians to push for tighter security and policies to protect clinicians who are in harm's way.

Trump appoints new acting DEA administrator

July 3, 2018

Uttam Dhillon, who most recently served as deputy White House counsel, is now the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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