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The best health care companies to work for, according to Fortune

February 16, 2018


Fortune releases its 2018 list of the "Best Companies to Work For," which features several health care organizations, including 10 hospitals and health systems.

Azar defends proposed HHS budget, Medicare cuts in House committee hearing

February 16, 2018


During House and Senate committee hearings, HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlines his priorities for the department, including improving health care access and affordability, transitioning toward value-based payment models, reducing prescription drug costs, and expanding coverage for telehealth services.

Walgreens reportedly in talks to acquire all of AmerisourceBergen

February 15, 2018


Walgreens Boots Alliance is in tentative talks to take full ownership of AmerisourceBergen, which is one of the largest drug distributors in the United States.

Report reveals financial ties between opioid drugmakers, advocacy groups

February 14, 2018


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who conducted and published the report, says the "financial relationships" detailed in the document "were insidious, lacked transparency, and are one of many factors that have resulted in arguably the most deadly drug epidemic in American history."

The health care provisions in Trump's budget proposal

February 13, 2018


President Trump's fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal requests $95.4 billion in discretionary HHS funding—with some federal health care agencies seeing budget increases and others seeing budget cuts when compared with FY 2017.

Trump announces new 'drug czar' nominee

February 13, 2018


The White House says President Trump will nominate Jim Carroll, who currently serves as the White House's deputy chief of staff, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the agency's deputy and acting director.

Study: 15% of US adults who use OTC painkillers exceed recommended doses

February 13, 2018


Researchers say more than 15% of study participants using ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve, exceeded the maximum recommended daily dose for such drugs on at least one day per week.

'Copay coupons' won't count toward deductibles this year for many patients. What could that mean?

February 13, 2018


Drugmakers often offer coupon cards—often known as "copay coupons"—to reduce patients' out-of-pocket costs for a product, but starting this year, UnitedHealthcare and Express Scripts are excluding the value of coupons in out-of-pocket cost calculations.

Purdue will no longer market OxyContin, other opioids to doctors

February 12, 2018


Purdue Pharma's decision to stop marketing opioids to physicians comes as more than 12 states and about 400 U.S. cities and counties have filed lawsuits against the company and other opioid drugmakers, alleging the companies misrepresented the risks of opioids and fueled the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic.

White House outlines policies to lower Rx drug prices

February 12, 2018


The White House Council of Economic Advisers outlines several policy suggestions for lowering prescription drug prices in the United States, including ways to reduce incentives for Medicare providers to prescribe high-priced drugs and boost incentives to prescribe lower-priced drugs.

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