Yusra Murad

Yusra is a reporter at Morning Consult covering health care.


Morning Consult Health, Presented by PhRMA: Express Scripts Announces New Formulary with Reduced Prices for Brand-Name Drugs

By Yusra Murad Top Stories Express Scripts Holding Co. will offer a new drug reimbursement list with reduced prices for brand-name drugs in an attempt to disincentivize pharmaceutical companies from paying rebates and help insurers reduce patient out-of-pocket costs. The National Preferred Flex Formulary, which includes two drugs from Gilead Sciences Inc., becomes available to Express […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by PhRMA: American Heart Association Releases New Guidelines for Prescribing Cholesterol Medications

By Yusra Murad Top Stories New clinical guidelines released at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific conference recommend doctors take into account an array of personal factors, such as a patient’s ethnicity and family history of cardiovascular disease, before prescribing medications to lower cholesterol. On treatment, the guidelines say doctors should start out with prescribing statins, […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by the American Clinical Laboratory Association: FDA Reportedly Plans to Ban Sales of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes at Convenience Stores, Gas Stations

By Yusra Murad Top Stories New rules banning convenience stores and gas stations from selling most flavored e-cigarettes could be announced by the Food and Drug Administration as early as next week, according to senior agency officials. The agency is also expected to impose age-verification rules for online sales, in an effort to curtail vaping among […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by the American Clinical Laboratory Association: Trump Administration Announces Policies for Insurance Coverage of Abortion, Birth Control

By Yusra Murad Top Stories Under two new rules released by the Trump administration, employers may cite religious or moral objection as grounds to deny employees insurance coverage for birth control. The rules, which have been challenged in court since their proposal, are expected to go into effect in just over two months. (The Washington Post) […]

Morning Consult Health, Presented by the American Clinical Laboratory Association: Utah, Nebraska, Idaho Vote to Expand Medicaid

By Yusra Murad Top Stories Voters in Utah, Nebraska and Idaho all voted in favor of Medicaid expansion in Tuesday’s midterm elections, bringing the total number of states that have expanded Medicaid to 36 plus Washington, D.C. Estimates suggest the passage of the ballot initiatives could extend coverage to 150,000 residents in Utah, 90,000 in Nebraska […]