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Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019

FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

FDA shuts down its database that shielded adverse event reports from the public

June 27, 2019

FDA on Friday said it has officially stopped using a database that had allowed medical device manufacturers to privately submit certain malfunction reports, and instead will look to improve its public reporting database and use real-world data to quickly identify and respond to medical device safety incidents.

From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

Pharmacy identifies another cancer-causing chemical in US heart drugs

June 20, 2019

Valisure, an online pharmacy, in a filing to FDA last week said it discovered the carcinogen dimethylformamide in the common heart drug valsartan—marking the fourth carcinogen found in the drug.

Almost 200 people got expired flu vaccines last season, according to CDC

June 19, 2019

About 169.1 million doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine were administered last flu season, and about 200 patients received expired vaccines—though the real figure might be higher, according to a CDC report published Friday.

Are AMCs worth the price? 3 experts weigh in.

June 19, 2019

Despite some experts' calls to divert patients away from costly academic medical centers (AMCs), research demonstrates that AMCs might produce better patients outcomes—and might not cost as much as some policymakers fear, a trio of prominent health care experts argue.

The 'Best Children's Hospitals' of 2019, according to US News

June 18, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, naming the 10 best children's hospitals in the country, as well as the top 50 children's hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties.

Fecal transplants carry potential life-threatening risks, FDA warns

June 18, 2019

FDA on Thursday warned providers and patients of the potential life-threatening risks of fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), after a patient who received an FMT was infected with a drug-resistant bacteria and died.

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