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US adults are trying to cut their Rx drug costs. See how, charted.

March 21, 2019

Around 11% of U.S. adults skipped medication doses in order to reduce their prescription drug costs, including just over one-third of uninsured adults, according to a data brief from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

A 'groundbreaking' drug can treat postpartum depression within 48 hours—but there's a catch

March 20, 2019

FDA on Tuesday approved a drug that specifically targets postpartum depression, marking the first time a drug has been approved for such a use in the United States—but some experts are concerned the drug's cost will restrict access to the treatment.

FDA warns online abortion pill provider to stop shipping unregulated drugs

March 20, 2019

FDA this month sent a warning letter to online abortion pill provider Aid Access requesting that it halt deliveries of unregulated versions of mifepristone and misoprostol in the United States.

What's driving higher drug spending in Medicare and Medicaid?

March 19, 2019

New data from CMS' Drug Spending Dashboards show drugs with only one manufacturer have driven the largest increases in Medicare and Medicaid drug spending.

How Civica Rx—the hospital-led generic drug venture—will 'shake up' the marketplace, according to Intermountain's Marc Harrison

March 19, 2019

In response to climbing generic drug prices, a group of hospitals last year launched a nonprofit generic drug company, called Civica Rx, to "ensure that essential generic medications are accessible and affordable," Intermountain Healthcare CEO Marc Harrison writes in a STAT News opinion piece.

What's the right way to regulate fecal transplants? That's the question behind the looming 'poop wars.'

March 15, 2019

Facing pressure from pharmaceutical companies, FDA is considering regulating fecal transplants as a drug—but doctors are worried the move could compromise patient access to the life-changing treatment.

O'Rourke just joined the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

March 14, 2019

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) on Thursday announced that he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and indicted health care will be a priority in his campaign.

FDA approves new generic heart drug to help alleviate shortage caused by recalls

March 14, 2019

FDA on Tuesday announced it has approved a new generic blood pressure and heart failure medication to help address a shortage that resulted from multiple drug recalls.

Meet Ned Sharpless—the next acting FDA commissioner

March 13, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday announced that Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, will become the acting commissioner of FDA when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb departs.

FDA approves first-ever immunotherapy for breast cancer

March 13, 2019

FDA on Friday approved Roche's Tecentriq to treat patients with locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer who have the PD-L1 molecule that can block T cells from attacking a tumor.

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