Regulatory Issues

ACA Coverage Expansion Places Spending Burden on Low- to Middle-Income Households

ACA Coverage Expansion Places Spending Burden on Low- to Middle-Income Households

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Although the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions have reduced out-of-pocket spending for low- and middle-income individuals, these patients continue to experience a high burden of premium and out-of-pocket spending.

Evaluating the Consequences of the Federal Right-to-Try Legislation

Evaluating the Consequences of the Federal Right-to-Try Legislation

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Federal "right-to-try" legislation will restrict the FDA's oversight of access to investigational drugs for patients with life-threatening illnesses and diminish the FDA's public health mission

Congress Urged to Reverse CMS Policy That Could Affect Specialists, Patients

Congress Urged to Reverse CMS Policy That Could Affect Specialists, Patients

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Many healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to reverse the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy that has the potential to jeopardize patient access to Part B drug therapies.

Seven Potential Harmful Consequences of the CDC's Banned Words List

Seven Potential Harmful Consequences of the CDC's Banned Words List

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Experts advise that should the CDC be banned from using certain words, it could give rise to at least 7 harmful consequences.

FDA Accepts New Drug Application for Postoperative Ocular Pain, Inflammation

FDA Accepts New Drug Application for Postoperative Ocular Pain, Inflammation

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The FDA has accepted a New Drug Application for an investigational topical twice-a-day product for the treatment of inflammation and pain in patients who have undergone ocular surgery.

What Does the CVS/Aetna Merger Mean for Primary Care?

What Does the CVS/Aetna Merger Mean for Primary Care?

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Aetna will have access to data on pharmaceutical usage patterns that will give the company the opportunity to figure out who is willing to pay more for healthcare. What does this mean for patients?

Trump Administration Hands CDC a List of "Forbidden Words"

Trump Administration Hands CDC a List of "Forbidden Words"

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Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been informed to stop using certain terms in documents to be used in next year's budget.

Climate Change: Effects on the Incidence and Distribution of Infectious Diseases

Climate Change: Effects on the Incidence and Distribution of Infectious Diseases

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Scientists warn that unless there is an adequate response and proactive measures are taken, society will soon have to deal with direct and indirect effects of the changing climate on human health.

AHA Voices Concerns Over Tax Reform Bill

AHA Voices Concerns Over Tax Reform Bill

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After the Republicans passed their tax reform bill in the Senate over the weekend, the American Heart Association released a statement detailing their concerns about the legislation.

FDA Expresses Safety Concern Over Kratom

FDA Expresses Safety Concern Over Kratom

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The Food and Drug Administration's Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has issued a statement regarding the deadly risks associated with the botanical substance, kratom.

Pharma Companies Overemphasizing Flaws With Medicaid's "Best-Price" Rule

Pharma Companies Overemphasizing Flaws With Medicaid's "Best-Price" Rule

Medicaid's best-price rule is not as serious a problem as drug manufacturers imply, although it may affect novel pricing arrangements.

MACRA: Five Things You Should Know

MACRA: Five Things You Should Know

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Here are five potentially pivotal MACRA issues that you should know about.

Medical Schools' Social Mission Critical for Societal Health Equity

Medical Schools' Social Mission Critical for Societal Health Equity

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Enhancing health equity and addressing societal healthcare disparities is dependent on American medical schools committing to a social mission.

Generic Drugs Price Changes Raise Market Competition Levels

Generic Drugs Price Changes Raise Market Competition Levels

Market competition levels are associated with changes in the price of generic drugs.

Device-Specific ICD Codes Needed According to Researchers

Device-Specific ICD Codes Needed According to Researchers

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Researchers are urging legislators to assign ICD codes to all medical devices, which could help identify device-related adverse effects more accurately.

Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of Hypertension-Related Death

Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of Hypertension-Related Death

Researchers found that marijuana use increases risk of hypertension-related death by three-fold, and marijuana use is linked to greater cardiovascular risks than cigarette smoking.

New WHO Recommendations for Managing HIV Drug Resistance

New WHO Recommendations for Managing HIV Drug Resistance

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The World Health Organization published new guidelines for managing HIV drug resistance in countries in which pretreatment HIV drug resistance to non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) is prevalent.

Opioid Epidemic Declared National Emergency by White House

Opioid Epidemic Declared National Emergency by White House

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The opioid epidemic has been declared a national emergency by President Donald Trump, which means federal funding can be increased and directed toward treatment programs.

Medical Marijuana Laws Increasing Illicit Cannabis Use Among Adults

Medical Marijuana Laws Increasing Illicit Cannabis Use Among Adults

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Medical marijuana laws may be connected to increased rates of illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorder, leading some users to experience negative consequences, such as motor vehicle accidents.

Comprehensive Initiative Positively Impacts Opioid Prescribing

Comprehensive Initiative Positively Impacts Opioid Prescribing

After a comprehensive initiative to curb opioid prescribing, researchers identified reductions in all tracked outcomes, including a 30% decrease in prescribing opioids at high doses.

FDA's Flush List: Assessing the Environmental Impact

FDA's Flush List: Assessing the Environmental Impact

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Researchers attempted to quantify the environmental effects of disposing certain drugs by flushing them down the toilet, and found that this approach poses a negligible eco-toxicological risk.

Opioid-Induced Constipation Treatments Receive Updated Labels

Opioid-Induced Constipation Treatments Receive Updated Labels

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The prescribing information for several medications has been updated to provide clarification of the opioid-induced constipation indication.

Meningitis Vaccine: Precautionary Recall

Meningitis Vaccine: Precautionary Recall

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A precautionary recall of Menveo, a meningitis vaccine, was announced by GlaxoSmithKline due to a mechanical intervention.

Medical Malware Attacks: How to Protect Yourself Against Them

Medical Malware Attacks: How to Protect Yourself Against Them

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A closer look into how the danger of malware and viruses, and how you can best prevent such an attack.

UN Calls on Polities to Help End Discrimination in Healthcare

UN Calls on Polities to Help End Discrimination in Healthcare

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Widespread discrimination in healthcare has taken many forms, and violates the most fundamental of human rights. WHO established a goal "to ensure that none is left behind and to read the furthest behind first."

Ceftin Oral Suspension to be Discontinued

Ceftin Oral Suspension to be Discontinued

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GlaxoSmithKline has made the decision to discontinue manufacturing Ceftin Oral Suspension, a cephalosporin antibacterial drug.

Pharmacy-Driven Model of Primary Care Preferred by Patients

Pharmacy-Driven Model of Primary Care Preferred by Patients

Patients express preference for a pharmacy-driven model of primary care vs a pharmacy offering primary care services.

WHO Updates, Revises Essential Medicines List

WHO Updates, Revises Essential Medicines List

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WHO has updated its Essential Medicines List to include new recommendations on which antibiotics to use for common infections and serious conditions.

A Deeper Look Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

A Deeper Look Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

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If flu vaccines were mandatory for all school-age children, the savings on direct healthcare costs alone would easily reach into the tens of millions.

FDA Policy Seeks to Increase Number of Generics on Market

FDA Policy Seeks to Increase Number of Generics on Market

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The FDA has announced a new policy to expedite reviews of generic drug applications in cases where competition is limited.

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