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Rep. Greg Walden is retiring. Here's what he's done on health care.

October 30, 2019


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who since 2017 has served as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on Monday announced that he will retire at the end of the current Congress and will not seek re-election.

Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill might be unconstitutional, congressional researchers say

October 29, 2019


Provisions in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aim to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States might violate the U.S. Constitution, according to a memo issued last week by Congressional Research Service that was obtained by news outlets.

See the top 10 drugs involved in overdose deaths, charted

October 29, 2019


Methamphetamine caused more fatal drug overdoses in the western United States than the synthetic opioid fentanyl in 2017, according to a report released Friday by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics—though fentanyl was tied to the most drug-related overdose deaths nationwide.

FDA approves new therapy to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 and older—and it will cost $311,503

October 28, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has approved Trikafta, the first-ever triple combination therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients ages 12 and older who have a genetic mutation that affects the vast majority of CF patients.

The 5 keys to value-based care, according to Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison

October 28, 2019


As the health care industry moves toward value-based payment models, Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison writing in Harvard Business Review offers his five principles to implementing a successful value-based care program.

These 10 innovations will 'transform health care' in 2020, according to Cleveland Clinic

October 25, 2019


Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday released its annual list of the top 10 medical innovations the health system predicts will "transform health care" in 2020.

DEA will accept unwanted vaping devices as mysterious lung illness cases surge

October 25, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that, for the first time, it will accept unwanted electronic vaping devices and cartridges at collection sites across the United States during its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Biogen reverses course and will seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug

October 24, 2019


Biogen on Tuesday announced that it will seek FDA approval for aducanumab, an Alzheimer's disease drug that originally had been considered a failure, after the company in March said trials of the drug had not shown clinical benefits.

Final committee OK's Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill

October 24, 2019


The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday voted 24-17 to approve House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States, sending the measure to the full House for a potential floor vote.

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