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Jail time for pharma CEOs? It's in Sanders' proposal to rein in the opioid crisis.

April 18, 2018


Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) new bill, called the Opioid Crisis Accountability Act of 2018, aims to hold pharmaceutical companies and their executives accountable in cases of deceptive marketing or illegal distribution of prescription opioids.

Why do so many clinical trials exclude the elderly?

April 18, 2018


Older adults have long been underrepresented in clinical trials, but experts say policy changes could lead more elderly patients to participate in clinical studies—and improve the quality of care for the entire geriatric population.

Much of medicine exists in a 'gray space'—but physicians can help guide patients when science is unclear

April 18, 2018


Physicians often find it difficult to help patients navigate health care decisions when there is little evidence to support a particular course of action—but providers can still take several approaches to guide patients through the "gray space," according to Dhruv Khullar, a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a researcher at the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research.

Amazon pauses plan to sell pharmaceuticals to hospitals, shifts focus toward medical supplies

April 17, 2018


Sources say Amazon has shelved its plan to distribute and sell pharmaceutical products partly because the company was not able to get hospitals interested in changing their current processes for purchasing pharmaceuticals.

New study could change the way physicians treat lung cancer, researcher says

April 17, 2018


A new study finds adding immunotherapy to chemotherapy greatly improved the odds of survival among patients with the most common type of lung cancer—a finding that the study's lead author says "suggests … that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care."

US health care prices are growing by the fastest rate in six years, analysis finds

April 17, 2018


A recent Altarum report finds U.S. health care prices are rising at the fastest growth rate—2.2%—since January 2012, and hospitals are a key price growth driver.

FDA outlines conditions for pregnant women to enroll in clinical trials

April 16, 2018


FDA says its new draft guidance addresses barriers to collecting data on pregnant women in clinical trials, noting that it could be helpful to collect such data in an effort to help pregnant women and their fetuses.

Trump considers rejoining multi-country trade deal with health effects

April 13, 2018


President Trump says he would consider having the United States rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership "if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to [former President Barack] Obama."

Facebook is developing a tool to crack down on illegal opioid sales

April 12, 2018


Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is developing artificial intelligence tools to proactively identify and remove posts on the website involving illegal opioid sales.

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