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Municipalities increasingly giving employees access to lower-cost, overseas Rx drugs

December 7, 2017

Despite FDA's opposition, dozens of municipalities are offering a unique drug benefit that allows employees to purchase medication from Canada and other foreign countries, where drug prices are up to 80% lower than in the United States

A dying man's tattoo said 'DO NOT RESUSCITATE.' Is that a legally binding request?

December 6, 2017

A new case study raises the question of whether physicians should consider "do not resuscitate" tattoos on patients as legally binding requests absent identification or guidance from next of kin.

USA Today: VA hired providers who faced disciplinary actions from state licensing boards

December 5, 2017

USA Today finds that, in one instance, Veterans Affairs (VA) hired a neurosurgeon whose license had previously been suspended by a state licensing board even though federal law prohibits VA from doing so.

A $1,877 ear piercing, and other ways the health industry wastes money, according to ProPublica

December 1, 2017

Industry experts say the United States' health care system wastes more than $700 billion annually, but there is no easy way to fix the problem.

In the states: Fla.'s second locally acquired Zika case, a meningitis outbreak in Mass., and more

December 1, 2017

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

Lawsuit alleges 62 Ind. hospitals falsified meaningful use data

November 30, 2017

The lawsuit alleges that 62 Indiana-based hospitals falsified compliance data under the federal government's meaningful use program and, as a result, defrauded the government of more than $300 million in incentive payments.

SCOTUS' latest patent case could have big implications for health care companies

November 29, 2017

The Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's inter partes review process, which has support from generic drugmakers and health insurers but is opposed by major drug and technology companies.

Genentech sues Pfizer to block US sales of Herceptin biosimilar

November 28, 2017

Genentech in a lawsuit claims that Pfizer's proposed biosimilar of Herceptin, known as PF-05280014, infringes on 40 of Genentech's patents for Herceptin.

Why the tobacco industry is running new ads about the risks of smoking

November 27, 2017

The court-ordered advertisements feature statements that highlight the dangers of smoking, but some experts are questioning whether the ads will be effective.

Another judge blocks Trump memo calling for ban on transgender servicemembers

November 27, 2017

A newly issued preliminary injunction blocks a presidential memorandum's directive to stop the federal government from funding sex reassignment surgery for transgender servicemembers.

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