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Arthritis drugs show how US drug prices defy economics

Arthritis drugs show how US drug prices defy economics

Since the first RA drug came to market a decade ago, nearly a dozen have been added. If basic economics prevailed, RA treatments and patients would have benefited from competition. But, because of industry price-setting practices, legal challenges and marketing tactics, they haven’t. The first RA drug cost $10,000 a year. It now lists for more than $40,000 — even as alternatives have entered the U.S. market.

December 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Allergens widespread in US homes, NIH study finds

Allergens widespread in US homes, NIH study finds

Factors contributing to elevated bedroom allergen levels include presence of pets and pests, type of housing, and living in rural areas. Individual allergens vary by geographic area.

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
When an insurer balks and treatment stops

When an insurer balks and treatment stops

Gillen Washington, a student at Northern Arizona University, had been getting medication for an immunodeficiency disease since 2011. But when he went to his clinic in November 2014 for the monthly dose, a nurse told him his insurance company had denied it.

June 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stem cell transplant induces remission in multiple sclerosis

Stem cell transplant induces remission in multiple sclerosis

From the National Institutes of Health Immunosuppressive therapy followed by stem cell transplantation induced remission of a common form of multiple sclerosis over a 5-year follow-up period. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to the brain and nerve fibers. yodiyim/iStock/Thinkstock. MS is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. It results in […]

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
EpiPen not just for kids: Medicare spending for the drug up 1,100 percent

EpiPen not just for kids: Medicare spending for the drug up 1,100 percent

By Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News Even as the cost of EpiPens dramatically rose, so too did the number of prescriptions written for patients in Medicare, sending spending by the program skyrocketing nearly 1,100 percent from 2007 to 2014, a new report shows. During the same period, the total number of […]

September 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Infant gut microbes linked to allergy, asthma risk

Infant gut microbes linked to allergy, asthma risk

From the National Institutes of Health Our digestive tracts are home to trillions of microbes—including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This microbial community, known as the microbiota, plays a role in illness and health. Scientists have suspected that infants’ gut microbiota could influence how their immune systems develop. A team led by Drs. Christine C. Johnson […]

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More