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Why are nurses hiding drugs in ceiling tiles? Blame the US' health care 'workarounds.'

September 17, 2019


When Theresa Brown, a clinical faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, heard about nurses hiding patients' drugs in the ceiling to work around their hospital's slow pharmacy, she "wasn't surprised," and Brown in a New York Times opinion piece explains why these workarounds are all too common in the U.S. health system.

What's driving up the cost of employer-sponsored health benefits? Specialty drugs, chronic conditions, and more.

September 16, 2019


Chronic health conditions and specialty drugs are projected to drive up the overall cost of employer-sponsored health benefits in 2020, according to a report released last week by the consulting firm Aon.

Democratic debate round 3: Leading candidates still at odds over 'Medicare for All'

September 13, 2019


Democratic candidates vying for the 2020 presidential nomination sparred over health care in Thursday's primary debate, but did voters learn anything new?

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


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

Purdue Pharma proposes deal to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits—but some states are holding out

September 12, 2019


Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative settlement with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Men are missing out on 'lifesaving' breast cancer therapies—and FDA wants that to change

September 12, 2019


FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on lifesaving treatments.

How does Pelosi want to lower Rx prices? Leaked bill offers clues.

September 11, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as early as this week could release a bill to tackle rising prescription drug costs—and a summary of the bill obtained by media outlets suggests Pelosi is considering allowing HHS to negotiate drug prices for certain treatments and establishing a drug price ceiling based on the prices paid for the drugs in other countries.

Novo Nordisk to launch lower-cost, generic insulin in US

September 11, 2019


Novo Nordisk on Friday announced that it will offer generic versions of its insulin drug Novolog at 50% of the drug's current list price in the United States, making it the last of the so-called "Big Three" insulin drugmakers to offer lower-cost insulin products to U.S. consumers.

Mallinckrodt reaches settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

September 10, 2019


Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced that it has reached a "settlement in principle" with two Ohio counties in a lawsuit scheduled to go to trial next month that claims opioid drugmakers, distributors, and others contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

How insurers are moving to cover multimillion-dollar gene therapies

September 9, 2019


Major insurers are eyeing and developing new strategies to help employers cover the cost of gene therapies priced at millions of dollars per treatment.

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