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SOTU: Trump's pledge to end HIV/AIDs, tackle drug prices, and more

February 6, 2019


President Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday night challenged the United States to end HIV/AIDS transmissions by 2030 and called on Congress to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices, fund research for new childhood cancer treatments, and more.

Generic drug approvals are up—but FDA inspections are down, Bloomberg finds

February 6, 2019


A Bloomberg investigation found FDA's approval of generic drugs has increased to record levels, but the agency's inspections have declined, raising concerns over the quality and safety of FDA-approved generic products.

Inside the Trump admin's first National Drug Control Strategy

February 5, 2019


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy on Thursday released its first National Drug Control Strategy under the Trump administration, which focuses on strategies to address the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic.

How pharmacists can end the 'risky pileup of prescribed medication'

February 5, 2019


Many older adults are taking "a risky pileup of prescribed medication," and while efforts to address the issue have focused on physician intervention, research suggests that the solution might involve a different health care provider, according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Booker's announced he's running for president. Here's where he stands on health care.

February 4, 2019


Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Friday announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination—and health care is expected to play a role in his campaign.

HHS just released its long-anticipated proposed rule on PBM rebates. Here's what's inside.

February 1, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a proposed rule aimed at lowering prescription drug prices by revising federal protections that currently allow drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid managed care plans, and pharmacy benefit managers.

The 29 best hospitals and health systems for diversity, according to Forbes

February 1, 2019


Forbes recently released its second annual list of the "Best Employers for Diversity," which included 29 hospitals and health systems.

CMS wants to raise MA payments, expand benefits in 2020

January 31, 2019


CMS on Wednesday released an advance notice of proposed changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which includes proposals to increase baseline payment rates for MA plans, lower cost-sharing requirements for some chronic pain treatments, and offer targeted benefits to improve the health of chronically ill beneficiaries.

Anthem will cut ties with Express Scripts 10 months ahead of schedule

January 31, 2019


Anthem on Wednesday announced it will end its relationship with Express Scripts on March 1, rather than Dec. 31, and then start transitioning members to its own pharmacy benefit manager.

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