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'Hundreds, perhaps thousands,' of women coaxed into risky surgery—whether they need it or not, NYT reports

April 17, 2018


A New York Times investigation finds that a cottage industry has sprung up to "coax" women into undergoing potentially unnecessary surgery to remove vaginal mesh implants, helping law firms build better lawsuits—and get larger settlements—against device manufacturers.

The biggest threat to health care organizations' data security comes from inside, report finds

April 16, 2018


Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigation Report finds 56% of breaches that occurred in the health care industry in 2017 resulted from insider threats, marking the first time such threats spurred the majority of breaches in any industry.

How AbbVie is keeping intact its 'monopoly' on blockbuster drug Humira

April 10, 2018


Drugmaker AbbVie and Samsung Bioepis reach a settlement agreement that prevents Samsung from selling its biosimilar version of AbbVie's blockbuster drug Humira in the United States until 2023.

States, cities, and mayors are fighting a census change that could affect Medicaid

April 5, 2018


A group of states and cities are suing the federal government over the Department of Commerce's decision to add a citizenship question to the census, arguing that the question could exacerbate undercounting of certain populations and jeopardize Medicaid and other population-based federal funding.

California alleges Sutter Health drove health care costs up through anticompetitive prices

April 4, 2018


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) in the lawsuit accuses Sutter Health of anticompetitive pricing, but Sutter says that its charges are "reasonable and competitive" and lower than those of nearby hospitals.

Resigned or fired? Why the controversy over Shulkin's departure could raise big legal questions.

April 3, 2018


Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin says he was fired from the post, which could raise legal questions about President Trump's decision to name a new acting VA secretary.

A judge says coffee in California must carry a cancer warning—but public health experts don't agree

April 3, 2018


A California judge in a preliminary ruling says coffee sellers had failed to meet the burden of proof to show consumers can safely be exposed to acrylamide, a carcinogen produced naturally during the bean roasting process, without cancer risk—but public health experts are pushing back.

Weekly Line: Why Trump really fired Shulkin, according to Shulkin

March 30, 2018


After months of rumored discord, President Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce he was firing former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin and would nominate the White House's top doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, to head the department.

Amid push to review tobacco regs, FDA faces new lawsuit over e-cigs

March 28, 2018


Several pediatricians and medical and public health groups in a new lawsuit claim FDA violated federal law when the agency delayed the implementation of new regulations on electronic cigarettes.

Why public health, law enforcement experts like—and dislike—Trump's opioid plan

March 27, 2018


Many public health and law enforcement experts are of two minds about President Trump's plan to combat the opioid epidemic: They generally support the plan's call to increase access to substance use disorder treatment (though some say the plan could go further), but they say Trump's proposed death sentences for drug dealers likely would be unconstitutional and fail to deter opioid misuse.

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