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Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill might be unconstitutional, congressional researchers say

October 29, 2019


Provisions in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aim to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States might violate the U.S. Constitution, according to a memo issued last week by Congressional Research Service that was obtained by news outlets.

The best time to get your flu vaccine? Now, according to research.

October 29, 2019


The U.S. influenza season officially kicked off on Oct. 1, and while most states are reporting only sporadic flu activity, experts say now is the best time of year to get vaccinated to ensure the highest level of protection.

FDA warns hospitals could face medical device shortages. Here's why.

October 29, 2019


FDA on Friday warned that hospitals could face medical device shortages after a number of sterilization facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide have closed.

Judge: HHS must pay insurers $1.6B in ACA payments

October 28, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the federal government to reimburse nearly 100 health insurers about $1.6 billion in unpaid cost-sharing reduction payments called for under the Affordable Care Act.

FDA approves new therapy to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 and older—and it will cost $311,503

October 28, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has approved Trikafta, the first-ever triple combination therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients ages 12 and older who have a genetic mutation that affects the vast majority of CF patients.

CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

Verma suggests Trump has a plan if ACA is struck down—but declines to share the details

October 25, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday declined to provide details on the Trump administration's plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

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FDA this week posted draft guidance recommending manufacturers include boxed warnings on breast implants after the agency found a link between certain implants and a sharp increase in cases of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

DEA will accept unwanted vaping devices as mysterious lung illness cases surge

October 25, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that, for the first time, it will accept unwanted electronic vaping devices and cartridges at collection sites across the United States during its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Why FTC is asking health systems, insurers for information on mergers

October 25, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced that it has ordered two health systems and five health insurance companies to give the agency information that will help it with an ongoing project examining the effects of certain state regulations on mergers in the industry.

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