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Can 'authorized generics' actually raise Rx prices?

August 12, 2019

Drugmakers increasingly are creating generic versions of their own brand-name drugs, aiming in part to sustain revenue after patents expire, but some critics say these so-called "authorized generics" stifle competition and ultimately could increase prices.

FDA orders companies to stop selling flavored e-cigarette, hookah products

August 12, 2019

FDA on Thursday announced that it sent warning letters to four companies demanding that they stop selling 44 different flavors of e-cigarette liquids and hookah products, noting that the products have not received the agency's approval.

Short-term health plans pay out 39% of premiums on care, report finds

August 9, 2019

The top five short-term health plan insurers in 2018 spent only about 39% of premium dollars on medical care, well below the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio threshold, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' 2018 Accident and Health Policy Report published last week.

'A very big deal': New study will use CRISPR to treat sickle cell disease

August 9, 2019

Doctors are testing whether they can use CRISPR to treat patients with sickle cell disease, marking the first time doctors in the United States have used the gene-editing tool to treat a patient with a genetic disorder.

Medicaid DSH payments vary widely by state, GAO finds

August 9, 2019

In four states, Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in 2014 exceeded hospitals' aggregate uncompensated care costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report—but in 29 states, the payments covered less than half of such costs.

CMS releases national coverage policy for CAR T-cell therapies

August 8, 2019

CMS on Wednesday announced that Medicare will cover FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies nationwide at health care facilities that meet certain requirements, but the agency did not change Medicare's payment rates for the treatments.

Naloxone prescriptions are booming—but still lag far behind opioid prescriptions, CDC finds

August 8, 2019

The number of U.S. pharmacies dispensing prescriptions for the opioid reversal drug naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018, but there still is only one naloxone prescription dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

Surescripts, claiming fraud, is calling the FBI into its battle with Amazon's PillPack

August 8, 2019

A dispute between Amazon's PillPack and Surescripts, the largest medical data and e-prescription company in the United States, escalated last week as Surescripts cut off PillPack's data vendor from accessing its patient prescription information, arguing the company gained the information "fraudulently."

‘Nothing short of epic’: How local officials and providers are fighting measles

August 7, 2019

As the number of U.S. measles cases continues to grow, state officials, local officials, and health care providers are adopting new approaches to get communities vaccinated and combat misinformation.

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