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Vaccines are not just for kids

Vaccines are not just for kids

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News The word “immunization” has long evoked images of nervous children wincing as they get injections to protect them from measles, mumps and other diseases. Now California’s doctors are turning their attention to adults, who haven’t been as diligent about getting their own shots. We recently spoke to Dr. Ruth […]

July 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine. Researchers […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington Poison Center unveils warning symbol for edible marijuana products

Washington Poison Center unveils warning symbol for edible marijuana products

The Washington Poison Center today unveiled its chosen warning symbol for identifying edible marijuana products at a Liquor and Cannabis Board meeting. The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) developed the warning symbol as a deterrent for children who may access edible marijuana products purchased by adults in their home. Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Heart failure patients warned about dangers of mixing prescriptions

Heart failure patients warned about dangers of mixing prescriptions

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Mike O’Meara’s life runs on a tight schedule. Every morning, after a glass of juice and breakfast, the 70-year-old picks up his medication from a blue labeled tray his wife Beth prepared and gulps down 12 and a half pills. At noon, he swallows three more. Around dinner time, […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Commonly used drugs and supplements can worsen heart failure, US heart doctors warn

Commonly used drugs and supplements can worsen heart failure, US heart doctors warn

From the American Heart Association Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure, according to the first American Heart Association scientific statement on avoiding drug-drug or drug-condition interactions for people with heart failure. The statement provides comprehensive information about drugs and “natural” remedies that may have serious unintended consequences for heart failure patients. […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sounds Like A Good Idea? Regulate Drug Prices

Sounds Like A Good Idea? Regulate Drug Prices

By Julie Rovner and Francis Ying This is the second in a series of videos about health care promises from presidential candidates that “sound like a good idea.” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explores why proposals to regulate drug prices may not be such a good idea after all. For more information, see: Earlier […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

High copays for brand-name drugs soak Medicare D patients, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]

July 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicaid, insurers begin to lift curbs on pricey hepatitis C drugs

Medicaid, insurers begin to lift curbs on pricey hepatitis C drugs

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News After legal battles and lobbying efforts, tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C are gaining earlier access to expensive drugs that can cure this condition. States that limited access to the medications out of concern over sky-high prices have begun to lift those restrictions — many, under the threat […]

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lawsuit targets insurer, benefits manager over drug prices

Lawsuit targets insurer, benefits manager over drug prices

Anthem, Express Scripts Face Legal Challenge Over Prescription Drug Prices By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Anthem and its pharmacy manager Express Scripts overcharged patients with job-based insurance for prescription drugs, alleges a lawsuit that seeks class action status for what could be tens of thousands of Americans. It’s the latest wrinkle in a battle that has […]

July 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Are copay coupons making drugs more expensive?

Are copay coupons making drugs more expensive?

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica, June 30, 2016 A few months back, after returning from a family vacation that involved lots of pool time, my 9-year-old son complained that his ear hurt. A Sunday morning trip to urgent care brought a diagnosis of swimmer’s ear 2014 an infection of the outer ear canal 2014 and a […]

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More