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Shutdown, Day 28: Health groups urge Congress, Trump to end shutdown

January 18, 2019


Hundreds of health care groups on Thursday sent letters to President Trump and Congress, warning that a "prolonged" government shutdown could have "long-lasting health consequences."

Why are Rx prices increasing? A House panel just launched an investigation to find out.

January 17, 2019


The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday launched an investigation into how prescription drug companies set prices for their products, focusing on drugs that comprise a large share of Medicare Part D spending and treatments that have experienced significant price increases.

Walgreens and Microsoft just teamed up to revamp digital health care

January 16, 2019


Walgreens Boots Alliance on Tuesday announced that it will partner with Microsoft to leverage the tech company's cloud and artificial intelligence technology to improve care delivery via new technology and retail innovations.

Why 'white coat marketing' is under legal fire

January 16, 2019


Drugmakers are facing a series of lawsuits alleging that their so-called "nurse educator" programs, which offer guidance to patients on how to use complicated medications, are inappropriate.

Shutdown, Day 25: FDA brings in unpaid workers to restart high-risk food inspections

January 15, 2019


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday announced that the agency is bringing back about 150 furloughed workers to restart inspections of some high-risk food producers in the United States, such as those that produce cheeses, vegetables, and infant formula.

A judge just blocked the Trump admin's contraceptive rules nationwide, for now

January 15, 2019


A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks a pair of federal rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds.

Judge blocks rules allowing moral, religious exemptions to contraceptive coverage requirements

January 14, 2019


A federal judge in California on Sunday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a pair of federal rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds.

US drug spending suddenly exploded in 1997. What happened?

January 14, 2019


The United States far outspends other wealthy nations on prescription drugs, but a recent study shows the trend dates back only to 1997—and Austin Frakt, a health economist, offers insight on what triggered the spending spike, and what it means for the future of drug spending.

The health care industry spends $30B a year on marketing. Here's where it all goes, charted.

January 11, 2019


The health care industry is spending more on promotional advertising than ever before, with annual spending on health care marketing nearly doubling from 1997 to 2016, according to a new study.

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