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J&J reaches $20.4M settlement in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 2, 2019


Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with two Ohio counties to settle claims, with no admission of liability, that the drugmaker contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Hospitals question legality of CMS' price transparency proposal

October 1, 2019


CMS' public comment period for the 2020 Hospital Outpatient Perspective Payment System proposed rule ended last week, and the rule's more controversial proposals garnered hundreds of comments from hospital groups, insurers, and other industry stakeholders.

NIH awards nearly $1B in funding for research to tackle the opioid epidemic

September 30, 2019


NIH last week announced the agency awarded nearly $1 billion to fund research to address the opioid epidemic by improving chronic pain treatments, reducing opioid use disorders, and helping patients achieve long-term recovery from opioid misuse.

The 'Best Companies' for working moms in health care, according to Working Mother

September 27, 2019


Working Mother this week released its annual list of the "100 Best Companies" for working mothers, and 23 of the companies are in health care.

What the House's impeachment inquiry could mean for health care

September 26, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) this week announced the House is launching a formal impeachment inquiry, which analysts say could jeopardize negotiations between Congress and the White House on a proposal to lower prescription drug prices.

Pelosi unveils bill to lower Rx drug prices. But will it pass Congress?

September 20, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday unveiled a highly anticipated bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States by giving the HHS secretary the authority to negotiate Medicare payments for certain drugs and establishing a drug price ceiling for the negotiations based on the prices paid for the drugs in other countries.

'I'm a drug addict,' a columnist wrote. Then the backlash began.

September 19, 2019


David Lazarus, a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, last week wrote a column detailing his struggles quitting antidepressants, but his articletitled, "Hi, I'm David. I'm a drug addict"received backlash from some critics for conflating substance use disorders and physical dependence.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

FDA finds cancer-causing chemical in another US drug

September 17, 2019


FDA on Friday announced that it has found low levels of a chemical that could cause cancer in some batches of medications commonly used to treat heartburn, but it has not issued recalls of the drugs at this time.

OxyContin maker Purdue files for bankruptcy. What does that mean for opioid lawsuits?

September 17, 2019


Purdue Pharma on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a tentative settlement the drugmaker reached with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories that are suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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