Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is introducing today her long-awaited legislation to reduce drug costs, by empowering the Health and Human Services Department secretary to negotiate prices for the 250 most expensive drugs on the market that don’t have at least two competitors. Those prices would be linked to prices abroad, an approach favored by President Donald Trump, and the House is hoping to pass the bill by the end of the year. (NPR News)
Major media companies including CBS and WarnerMedia, which owns CNN, TNT and TBS, will no longer run advertisements for electronic cigarette companies like Juul Labs Inc. in the wake of recent vaping-related illnesses affecting people across the nation. Juul ads have run on more than 20 networks in the last two weeks, at a cost exceeding $2.2 million for more than 900 airings on networks including BET, CMT, TV Land and Paramount Network. (CNBC)
According to new federal data for 2019, the rate of vaping among teenagers has more than doubled since 2017, with 1 in 4 high school seniors reporting they had vaped in the past 30 days. That figure falls to 1 in 5 for 10th-graders, as federal health officials are working on strategies to meaningfully reduce nicotine use among minors, starting with pulling flavored e-cigarette products from the market. (The New York Times)
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke unveiled his plan Thursday for federal legalization of marijuana, which includes a tax on the industry to fund a monthly stipend to repay people who served prison time on nonviolent marijuana charges.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) emphasized that Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of women’s right to terminate a pregnancy. But there’s no litmus test, he said, that would exclude those lawmakers who feel otherwise.
A split mood emerged across major markets on Thursday, with U.S. equity futures dropping and European stocks rising as investors processed a slew of fresh policy decisions following the Federal Reserve rate cut. The euro strengthened versus the dollar.
A Republican proposal to expand Medicaid in North Carolina advanced again on Wednesday with bipartisan support in the state House. But it’s unclear whether reviving the idea will erode strong opposition from the Senate’s GOP majority.
While hospitals groups have welcomed a federal judge’s ruling against the CMS’ expansion of site-neutral payments for basic doctor’s visits, some analysts see it as a short-term solution that can’t survive as a long-term strategy.
Dr. Wesley Boyd, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, has spent years working with state programs that help doctors, nurses and other health care workers who have become addicted to opioids get back on their feet professionally.
The 38-year-old single mom, who lives in Church Hill, Tenn., said she was too overwhelmed at the time to call Ballad Health, and expected the health system would send her to collections on the remaining balance from her visit to its Holston Valley Medical Center emergency department in Kingsport for chest pain.
Amid a boom in genetic testing that aims to predict a person’s response to medication, the Food and Drug Administration has been quietly pressuring a handful of companies to stop reporting results to patients about how their genes may interact with specific drugs.
If lawsuits against the wealthy family aren’t halted, the Sacklers ‘may be unwilling—or unable’ to contribute billions to the drugmaker’s bankruptcy as planned, Purdue said in a court filing Wednesday.
Federal authorities are conducting a criminal investigation of the former compliance officer at a McKesson Corp. warehouse in southern central Ohio, alleging he conspired to illegally distribute powerful narcotics over eight years, according to court records.
A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes.
For the past two and a half years, the mantra by some has been a combination of gridlock, hyper partisanship, toxic tweets, claims of socialist policies and failed repeal and replace efforts. The belief is that Americans need to wait until November 2020 for the next chance at any real progress.
In many countries, doctors are recommended to provide nutrition care to patients to improve the dietary behaviours of individuals and populations. Here, we present a systematic review that aims to critically synthesise literature on nutrition education provided to medical students.