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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.

The right way to taper patients off of opioids, according to HHS

October 14, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a guide outlining the steps clinicians should take to taper patients off of opioid prescriptions without causing patients harm.

New FDA guidance outlines how drugmakers can co-develop cancer drugs with a diagnostic device

October 14, 2019


FDA on Wednesday took another step toward advancing so-called "precision medicine" by finalizing guidance detailing how drugmakers developing cancer drugs can incorporate risk assessments from unapproved diagnostic tests into their clinical trial applications.

What it's like to survive the mysterious, vaping-linked lung illness

October 11, 2019


After vaping for years, 18-year-old Piper Johnson spent a week in the intensive care unit with a lung illness officials say is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and now, as cases of the illness continue to rise, she is warning other teenagers of the risks and urging them to kick their vaping habit.

Colorado unveils its plan for a state public option—and it could cut provider payments

October 11, 2019


Colorado officials on Monday released a draft report outlining a proposed state public health insurance option, but the plan is drawing criticism from health care providers who would receive lower reimbursements under the proposal.

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.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

STI cases have reached record high. See the rise, charted.

October 10, 2019


The number of U.S. residents diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) hit a record high in 2018, with almost 2.46 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STIs, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

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