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In a scientific first, researchers attempt to edit a gene still inside a patient's body

November 17, 2017

Doctors are trying an experimental treatment designed to edit a man's genes while they are still in his body, hoping to cure him of a formerly incurable disease.

House, Senate advance different tax reform bills with health care implications

November 17, 2017

Republican lawmakers are aiming to send a compromise tax reform measure to President Trump before the end of this year.

What CMS has in store for MA, Part D plans in 2019

November 17, 2017

CMS under its proposed rule for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans is seeking public comment on how to apply at the pharmacy counter certain rebates and discounts that typically are negotiated behind the scenes, among other requests for comment.

Lawmakers unveil bill to prevent Trump admin's planned 340B cuts

November 16, 2017

Under the bill, CMS would maintain the 340B drug discount program's current hospital reimbursements instead of implementing $1.6 billion in cuts called for under a final rule the Trump administration released earlier this month.

Trump's HHS secretary was a pharma exec. What does that mean for efforts to rein in drug costs?

November 16, 2017

Health care industry observers are questioning how President Trump's pick for HHS secretary, Alex Azar, will tackle rising prescription drug prices—a key focus of Trump's administration—given Azar's background as a pharmaceutical executive.

FDA issues public health advisory on kratom risks

November 16, 2017

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warns against the use of unapproved products containing kratom—a plant-based substance that some say could be used as an alternative to opioid painkillers— saying the agency is aware of 36 deaths associated with using kratom and "has evidence to show that there are significant safety issues associated with its use," including liver damage, seizures, and withdrawal symptoms.

Amazon to sell medical devices—not prescriptions—with pharmacy licenses, records show

November 16, 2017

Communications between Amazon and state regulators in Tennessee and Indiana indicate Amazon did not acquire pharmacy licenses in those states to sell prescription drugs, but rather to sell medical devices and supplies.

FDA approves world's first digital drug

November 15, 2017

The drug, Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Abilify MyCite, includes a sensor manufactured by Proteus Digital Health that sends information about the dosage amount and time of ingestion to a smartphone application that can be viewed by patients and shared with providers and caregivers.

Experts: Total cost of first gene therapy drug for cancer could exceed $1M per patient

November 15, 2017

While Kymriah, the first gene therapy for cancer approved for use in the United States, carries a $475,000 list price, treatment can grow even more expensive after accounting for potential side effects, experts say.

Nearly 50% of US adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines: What you need to know

November 14, 2017

New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lower the threshold for high blood pressure from 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg, marking the first change to the hypertension threshold in 14 years.

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