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ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets

ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets

Millions of workers gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adverse effects on labor markets.

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

Patient, Consumer Groups Push for Injunction Against Short-Term Insurance Rule

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The American Heart Association and others are urging the court to reconsider changes to short-term limited-duration insurance plans.

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

FDA Launches MyStudies Mobile App in Effort to Increase Access to Real World Patient Data

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The FDA has launched the MyStudies App, a mobile application aimed at supporting the collection of "real world" data and evidence for medical use.

Examining the Issues Leading to Market Withdrawal of the Zecuity Patch

Examining the Issues Leading to Market Withdrawal of the Zecuity Patch

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According to an article published in Headache, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was aware of safety issues associated with the Zecuity transdermal patch for migraine prior to its approval.

FDA: "Disturbingly" High Levels of Heavy Metals Found in Kratom Products

FDA: "Disturbingly" High Levels of Heavy Metals Found in Kratom Products

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The Agency conducted testing on 26 separate kratom products which revealed levels of nickel and lead considered not safe for human consumption.

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

Multisector Goal Alignment May Curb Medicare Expenditures

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Medicare costs may be contained by incentivizing multisector health activities, according to researchers.

FDA Proposes New Restrictions on Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

FDA Proposes New Restrictions on Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

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The announcement comes in the wake of results from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey which showed a 78% increase in current e-cigarette use among high school students from 2017 to 2018.

FDA Issues Safety Alert Regarding Intrathecal Delivery of Pain Meds

FDA Issues Safety Alert Regarding Intrathecal Delivery of Pain Meds

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Reports of pump failure, dosing errors, as well as other possible safety issues have prompted the Agency to issue the alert to make prescribers aware of the dangers associated with using medications not approved for intrathecal use.

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

How Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Create Ethical Dilemma for Physicians

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Employer-sponsored wellness programs can put physicians in an unenviable position.

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

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The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

AHA/ACC Release Updated Guidelines for Cholesterol Management

AHA/ACC Release Updated Guidelines for Cholesterol Management

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Updated cholesterol guidelines offer more personalized cardiovascular disease risk assessment.

Large Numbers of Negative Trial Results Impede Progress in Critical Care Medicine

Large Numbers of Negative Trial Results Impede Progress in Critical Care Medicine

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Excessive numbers of negative clinical trials — many of which may be false-negative trials — are a major impediment to the advancement of critical care medicine.

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

Persistent Expenses Associated With High-Cost Medicare, Medicaid Beneficiaries

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Beneficiaries identified as "high cost" were likely to stay high cost over a 3 year period.

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states.

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers

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The 23andMe Personal Genome Service Pharmacogenetic Reports test can detect 33 variants for multiple genes, corresponding to more than 50 commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter products.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

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Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

Simplifying Medicare Plan Finder Improves Plan Selection

Simplifying Medicare Plan Finder Improves Plan Selection

Simplifying an internet-based decision support tool provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help older adults make good plan choices in the Medicare prescription drug (Part D) program could result in selection of lower-cost plans.

Hospitals Charge 479% of Cost of Drugs on Average

Hospitals Charge 479% of Cost of Drugs on Average

On average, hospitals mark up drugs by 479 percent of their cost.

Medicaid Expansion Linked to Gains in Insurance Coverage

Medicaid Expansion Linked to Gains in Insurance Coverage

Medicaid expansion was associated with gains in insurance among low-income adults with substance use disorders, but corresponding treatment gains were not seen.

Drug Prices Increase More Than Expected After Shortages

Drug Prices Increase More Than Expected After Shortages

Prices for drugs under shortage increase more than twice as quickly as expected in the absence of a shortage.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

Maryland Legislature: Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

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In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.

FDA Announces Draft Guidance for Consumer OTC Access to Previously Prescription Drugs

FDA Announces Draft Guidance for Consumer OTC Access to Previously Prescription Drugs

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The US Food and Drug Association has issued a draft guidance for helping prescription medications gain approval for nonprescription status.

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

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Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

Generic Medications Offer Savings vs Brand-Name Combination Treatments

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The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price 'Gag Orders' on Pharmacists

Two bills that allow U.S. pharmacists to disclose drug prices to customers to help them save money are expected to be signed today by President Donald Trump.

Strategies and Considerations for Improving Global Healthcare

Strategies and Considerations for Improving Global Healthcare

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Although recent times have brought about significant technological and social advancements, the quality of healthcare worldwide continues to be inadequate.

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

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The vulnerability is associated with using an internet connection to update software between the Medtronic CareLink and CareLink Encore Programmers (models 2090 and 29901) and the Medtronic Software Distribution Network (SDN).

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

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Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Clinicians Raise Concerns About "Precision" Public Health in the Era of Genomics

Clinicians Raise Concerns About "Precision" Public Health in the Era of Genomics

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Although the trend of "precision public health" promises to change the landscape of the public health field, concerns surrounding the scientific, practical, and ethical implications have cast a shadow over the innovation.

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