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FDA is approving more generic drugs than ever. So why can't consumers buy them?

November 26, 2019


FDA in recent years has approved a record number of generic drugs to treat cancer, heart conditions, and other diseases, but many patients do not have access to the lower-cost treatments and are forced to rely on higher-cost, brand-name drugs.

Where employees are paying the most for health coverage, mapped

November 25, 2019


U.S. residents with employer-sponsored health plans are contributing an increasingly large portion of their incomes to deductibles and premiums, with those contributions rising at faster rates than the median income in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund.

Janssen is launching its first entirely digital clinical trial

November 22, 2019


Johnson & Johnson's Jansen pharmaceutical subsidiary will launch the company's first-ever solely digital trial to test a potential new use for its diabetes drug Invokana, the company announced last weekend at the American Heart Association conference.

In the states: California, New York sue Juul for allegedly targeting teens; South Dakota launches 'Meth. We're On It' campaign; and more

November 22, 2019


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

Trump's FDA nominee faces questions on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

November 21, 2019


Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

How much does your 'free' flu shot actually cost?

November 20, 2019


While patients with health insurance receive the influenza shot at no cost to them, the common health care service serves as an example of how opaqueness in health care pricing can cost patients in the long run, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Inside the latest—and 'most drastic'—proposal to curb Rx drug prices

November 20, 2019


Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, on Friday introduced a bill that would establish a new federal agency to regulate prescription drug prices.

Improper Medicare payments dip to 9-year low, HHS says

November 20, 2019


HHS on Monday announced the rate of improper Medicare fee-for-service payments in fiscal year (FY) 2019 was at the lowest point since FY 2010.

A major new study casts doubt on surgery for heart disease

November 19, 2019


A large, federally funded study found bypass surgeries and stents are not more effective than cholesterol-lowering drugs or healthy habits at preventing heart attacks and deaths, researchers announced Saturday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting—findings that call into question the care of thousands of patients with blocked coronary arteries.

How Sanders, Warren would shift US to 'Medicare for All'

November 19, 2019


Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday separately announced timelines for implementing their so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals if they are elected president.

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