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Inside the special government program that might be fueling vaccine skeptics

June 4, 2019


Unlike other drug-related injuries, where the drugmaker can be held liable, when it comes to vaccine-related injuries, the government addresses complaints via a special program—which some say might unintentionally give legitimacy to misinformation that fuels the "'vaccine-hesitant' community."

'A living nightmare': One nurse's battle against her own addiction to opioids

May 31, 2019


Tiffany Swedeen nearly lost her job as a nurse after she was discovered stealing opioids from her hospital, but now, years after going through recovery, she is back at work—and hoping to serve as an example for other health care professionals dealing with substance use disorders.

Why laughing gas can cost $100 during childbirth—or $5,000

May 30, 2019


Karli-Rae Kerrschneider faced a bill of almost $5,000 for nitrous oxide after recently giving birth—a bill that raised her ire because, as a nurse-midwife herself, Kerrschneider knew that the hospital where she works typically provides the same treatment for $100.

The 41 health care companies that made this year's Fortune 500

May 29, 2019


Fortune recently released its 65th annual ranked list of the 500 companies that generated the most revenue in the previous fiscal year, which included dozens of companies in the health care industry.

FDA has approved the highest-priced drug in the world. Here's what it does.

May 29, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first gene therapy to treat a rare type of muscular atrophy in infants, and Novartis, which manufactures the drug, has said it will set the treatment's list price at $2.125 million—making it the highest-priced drug in the world.

Colorado becomes the first state to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs

May 29, 2019


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) last week signed into law a bill that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Colorado residents with diabetes at $100 per month.

Inside the 'ambitious' Alexander-Murray proposal to combat 'surprise' medical bills, lower drug costs

May 24, 2019


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, on Thursday unveiled bipartisan draft legislation that aims to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and lower prescription drug costs in the United States.

Trump threatened to stop working with Democrats. Could that jeopardize efforts to lower Rx drug prices?

May 23, 2019


President Trump during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday told Democratic congressional leaders he would not work with them on key issues unless they halt investigations into his presidency—comments some observers say could threaten bipartisan efforts to address high prescription drug prices in the United States.

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