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A controversy erupts: Should we give up hope on biosimilars?

August 28, 2019


Two experts in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published last week argued that it is time to abandon biosimilars in favor of leveraging federal price regulation to create more affordable biologic drugs—but the piece drew a rebuttal from former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who argued Congress could enact policy changes to make biosmilars more competitive with their biologic counterparts.

Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

Here's Florida's plan to import drugs from Canada

August 27, 2019


Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration on Wednesday submitted a concept paper to HHS outlining the state's proposal for importing drugs from Canada.

Trump's latest push to address veteran suicides? This black-boxed antidepressant.

August 27, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said he had directed Veterans Affairs to purchase a large amount of Johnson & Johnson's ketamine-based antidepressant, which FDA has mandated must be sold with a so-called "black box" warning, in hopes of reducing veteran suicides—but VA in a statement indicated that its policy for covering the drug remained unchanged.

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019


Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

Before surgery, don't eat. Don't drink. And ... don't use marijuana?

August 26, 2019


Health care providers have long recommended that patients avoid food and drink in the hours before they undergo anesthesia, and now, with the rising popularity of cannabis, doctors also are telling patients to avoid marijuana before surgery—and to tell their doctors if they use the substance.

How diabetes patients are cutting their Rx costs, charted

August 23, 2019


About 13% of the nearly one in 10 U.S. adults diagnosed with diabetes did not take their medication as prescribed in 2018 because of the drug's cost, according to a CDC brief released Wednesday.

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019


HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

Nearly 40% of cancer drug approval trials lack data on race. Here's why that matters.

August 23, 2019


More than one-third of clinical trials that led to the approval of new cancer drugs between 2008 and 2018 did not include data on participants' race, according to a study published last week in JAMA Oncology.

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