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PCSK9 drugs can save lives—but a pricing 'battle' is undercutting patient access

October 18, 2018

PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of drugs that help reduce cholesterol levels, can be life-saving for some patients—but many do not have access to the drugs because of their extremely high prices.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018

From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Trump admin wants drugmakers to disclose prices in drug ads—but PhRMA has its own idea

October 16, 2018

CMS under a newly proposed rule would require prescription drugmakers to include their products' list prices in direct-to-consumer television advertisements, but Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says the proposed rule raises legal questions, and its members instead will direct consumers to company websites with pricing information for their products.

What’s hiding in your dietary supplements? Viagra, steroids, and more, study finds.

October 16, 2018

Many supplements marketed for muscle growth, sexual enhancement, and weight loss contain unapproved or recalled pharmaceuticals that have "the potential to cause serious adverse health effects," according to a new study.

DOJ just approved CVS-Aetna's $69B merger

October 10, 2018

The Department of Justice will allow CVS Health and health insurer Aetna to move forward with their merger provided Aetna divests its Medicare Part D business.

Patients give harsher reviews to doctors who withhold unnecessary antibiotics

October 10, 2018

A new study finds patients give higher ratings to doctors who prescribe antibiotics for a common cold—even if they do not need the drugs.

What Kavanaugh's confirmation means for SCOTUS' health care rulings

October 8, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ruled on several high-profile health care cases that some observers say could shed light on how he would rule if cases on those issues were to reach the Supreme Court.

In the states: California law bars pharmacy gag clauses, Michigan business groups launch association health plan, and more

October 5, 2018

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

Congress sends bipartisan, bicameral bill to combat opioid epidemic to Trump

October 4, 2018

The 660-page legislative package seeks to address the opioid epidemic through a variety of public health initiatives to expand access to treatments for opioid use disorders, promote the development of alternative treatments for pain, and prevent the entry of illicit drugs into the United States.

Botched drug leaves at least 68 people nearly blind—reigniting debate over compound pharmacy oversight

October 4, 2018

Dozens of patients in Texas are taking legal action after receiving a botched compounded injectable eye drug that left them partially blind—a case that observers say highlights the holes in regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies.

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