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FDA recommends boxed warnings tying breast implants to cancer

October 25, 2019


FDA this week posted draft guidance recommending manufacturers include boxed warnings on breast implants after the agency found a link between certain implants and a sharp increase in cases of and deaths involving a rare cancer.

J&J reaches $116.9M settlement in multistate case over vaginal mesh implants

October 21, 2019


South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson last week announced Johnson & Johnson and its medical device unit, Ethicon, have agreed to pay nearly $116.9 million to settle a multistate lawsuit alleging the companies deceptively marketed vaginal mesh implants.

Democratic candidates again debated 'Medicare for All,' but is that what voters want to hear?

October 16, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Tuesday's primary debate touched on several health care topics, including abortion, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—but a recent poll suggests the candidates did not discuss the health care issues voters most wanted to hear about.

New HIV-prevention drug gets FDA approval—but not for cisgender women

October 14, 2019


FDA earlier this month approved Gilead Science's Descovy to prevent HIV infection in men and transgender women, and some critics are taking issue with the agency's decision to approve the drug before Gilead tested it on a large scale in cisgender women.

Only half of pregnant women received flu vaccines last year, survey shows

October 11, 2019


Only about one-third of pregnant women received both the influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccines last year, even though CDC strongly recommends the vaccines for every pregnancy, according to CDC survey results published Tuesday.

Nuns ask SCOTUS to review block on Trump contraceptive coverage rules

October 11, 2019


The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, last week asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by a federal appeals court that blocks the Trump administration's exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules.

SCOTUS to hear case challenging Louisiana abortion requirements

October 8, 2019


The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a case challenging a Louisiana law that would impose new requirements on abortion providers, marking the first major abortion-related case the high court will hear since President Trump's conservative-leaning justice nominees were confirmed.

HHS reallocates Planned Parenthood funding to other Title X participants

October 2, 2019


The Trump administration has reallocated federal funding totaling $34 million that became available when Planned Parenthood and other providers exited the Title X program because of new restrictions regarding abortion.

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