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SCOTUS gives generic drugmakers 'a major win' in Rx drug patent case

January 25, 2019


The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled that confidential drug sales activate the one-year period in which drugmakers can apply for a patent under federal law.

How scientists want to 'trick' the immune system (and help transplant patients avoid anti-rejection drugs)

January 25, 2019


Researchers are working to train the immune system to accept new organs and wean transplant patients off of the harmful anti-rejection drugs they currently must take for life.

Shutdown, Day 34: Health groups says shutdown is threatening public safety, innovation

January 24, 2019


More than 40 patient and health industry groups are calling on federal policymakers to end the ongoing partial government shutdown, saying it is forcing FDA to choose between ensuring "the health and safety of Americans today" and the "prospect of new life-saving therapies for patients."

Where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care

January 23, 2019


Over the past few weeks, several candidates have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—and they all have indicated health care will be one of their major priorities. American Health Line explores where each of the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on health care.

How opioid marketing is tied to overdose deaths, according to a new study

January 23, 2019


A new study shows the drug industry's direct marketing of opioids is linked to higher opioid prescribing and opioid-related overdose mortality rates across the United States.

Can humans live 115+ years—or is the body 'not designed for long-term use'?

January 23, 2019


Some scientists are working to stave off the full range of age-related diseases, and perhaps prolong lifespan, by treating aging itself—but others argue there are limits on how long the human body can function.

Never make a red psoriasis pill—and other lessons from the strange, high-stakes world of pill coloring

January 23, 2019


For drugmakers, the process of choosing a new pill's color is surprisingly fraught and high-stakes—and "can help propel a tiny pill into a billion-dollar franchise," BioPharma Dive reports.

CMS unveils new Medicare Part D payment model, updates MA model

January 22, 2019


CMS on Friday announced new interventions that Medicare Advantage plans will be able to test under the value-based insurance design model, as well as a new model for Medicare Part D designed to make plans take on more financial risk.

'An unprecedented step': To speed development, FDA created its own product label for OTC naloxone

January 22, 2019


Since naloxone is not available over the counter, it does not currently have a Drug Facts label—so FDA took the "unprecedented" step of making one itself, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday.

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