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When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

By Robert Faturechi ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2017 The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had never really caught on, forcing the drug company that developed it to take […]

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Costco agrees to pay $12M to resolve federal painkiller investigation – Puget Sound Business Journal

January 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Costco agrees to pay $12M to resolve federal painkiller investigation – Puget Sound Business Journal

Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle federal allegations of lax pharmacy practices related to controlled substances. The Issaquah-based retailer acknowledged that certain Costco pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances and kept poor records between 2012 and 2015, according to the settlement announced Thursday. Source: Costco agrees to pay $12M […]

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Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

January 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

Viewpoint By Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen and Mahshid Abir University of Michigan The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December, 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the […]

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State see value for backing ‘food hubs’ for farmers and consumers

January 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
State see value for backing ‘food hubs’ for farmers and consumers

By Sarah Breitenbach Stateline In New York City, where shoppers and diners can find delicacies from all over the world, there is hefty demand for food grown closer to home. The taste for products from farms in the Northeast has led South Bronx-based Greenmarket Co., a nonprofit regional food distributor that serves as the middleman […]

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Advocacy group pushes for changes in US food assistance program

January 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Advocacy group pushes for changes in US food assistance program

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News As policymakers and health officials sound the alarm on the nation’s obesity epidemic, a team of researchers want to improve health outcomes among the most vulnerable Americans by overhauling the federal food assistance program. In articles published as a supplement Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more […]

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Investigation finds no increased risk of cancer in soccer players

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Investigation finds no increased risk of cancer in soccer players

A Washington state investigation has found no increased risk of cancer among soccer players in the state. In fact, investigators found less cancer among the soccer players than expected based on rates of cance among Washington residents of the same ages. The investigation was launched after the University of Washington Women’s Associate Head Soccer Coach Amy Griffin […]

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Life Science Washington appoints Martin Simonetti as board chair

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Life Science Washington appoints Martin Simonetti as board chair

Board expands to include new representatives from Adaptive Biotechnologies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Celgene and M3 Biotechnology and other industry leaders SEATTLE – Jan. 16, 2017 – Life Science Washington, the state’s life science trade association, today announced the election of Martin Simonetti as chairman of the board, as the board expands to welcome […]

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Pharma money reaches guidelines writers, patient groups — even doctors on Twitter

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pharma money reaches guidelines writers, patient groups — even doctors on Twitter

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica, Jan. 17, 2017 The long arm of the pharmaceutical industry continues to pervade practically every area of medicine, reaching those who write guidelines that shape doctors’ practices, patient advocacy organizations, letter writers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and even oncologists on Twitter, according to a series of papers […]

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Interstate health insurance: Sounds good, but details are tricky

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Interstate health insurance: Sounds good, but details are tricky

By Michael Ollove Stateline President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to allow health insurers to sell policies across state lines to spur competition and lower premiums. On his campaign website, Trump proclaimed that, “by allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.” He also touted the […]

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Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News Before Luke Whitbeck began taking a $300,000-a-year drug, the 2-year-old’s health was inexplicably failing. A pale boy with enormous eyes, Luke frequently ran high fevers, tired easily and was skinny all over, except his belly stuck out like a bowling […]

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