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3/19/17 - A tougher FDA policing
The country's Food and Drugs Administration came out last week with a warning to the public against buying certain cosmetic products. The FDA issued a public advisory on the list of these products apparently being peddled in the informal markets like neighborhood sari-sari stores all around the country. According to the FDA advisory, the products m
3/19/17 - ACA realities better than Trumpcare
Greg Gianforte and Donald Trump claim that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster; studiously ignoring reality in favor of a shiny political fantasy. Medicaid expansion covered 61,000 of our friends and neighbors. The Republican-run Congressional Budget Office threw cold water on this fantasy, showing how Trumpcare increases costs and decreases cove
3/19/17 - AHCA: No deal, GOP
I am covered by Medicare and Medicare Advantage, so I am not affected by this AHCA unless you also start playing with Medicare. However, I paid attention to this GOP proposal on how it might affect the general public. I graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago and I can perfectly understand what is going on: The old GOP approach of taki
3/19/17 - Analyses Of PCSK9 Inhibitor Prescription Rejection Rates Demonstrate Significant Access Barriers For Appropriate Patients
Amgen today announced new data from two studies that showed that for appropriate patients in the U.S., the majority of prescription claims for PCSK9 inhibitors, such as Repatha , were initially rejected. The studies were presented at the American College of Cardiology 66 th Annual Scientific Session. In a retrospective study presented today as
3/19/17 - AstraZeneca to partner with respiratory drug company
AstraZeneca has entered into astrategic collaboration with Circassia Pharmaceuticals plc, a respiratory biopharmaceutical company, for the development and commercialisation ofTudorzaandDuaklirin the U.S.. AstraZeneca will receive a minority equity stake in Circassia. AstraZeneca will complete ongoing development activities and continue to...
3/19/17 - AstraZeneca's CVD-REAL Study Shows SGLT-2 Inhibitors Significantly Reduced Hospitalizations for Heart Failure and Death versus Other Type-2 Diabetes Medicines
AstraZeneca today announced results of the first large real-world evidence study of its kind evaluating the risk of hospitalization for heart failure and death from any cause in patients with type-2 diabetes receiving treatment with a newer class of diabetes medicines, SGLT-2 inhibitors. Bruce Cooper, MD, Vice President and Head of Global Medical A
3/19/17 - Breaking down Ryan's health care reform marketing effort
I recently watched House Speaker Paul Ryan s presentation on health care reform to members of Congress and the press. This is a remarkable, and well-articulated marketing effort and should be evaluated like any other marketing campaign. The four goals of Republican reform are positively irrefutable: lower costs, consumer choice, patient control
3/19/17 - BRIEF: Healthcare the theme of candlelight vigil [The Wenatchee World, Wash.]
March 19 WENATCHEE A crowd was gathering Saturday night near the fountain by the Numerica Performing Arts Center for a candlelight vigil to urge 8th Congressional District Rep. Dave Reichert to protect the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. Kathy Raines, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in East Wenatchee; Jess Hernndez, a longtime a
3/19/17 - Business briefs 3-19-17
Accessible Home Health, a Salina-based home health agency, has announced the opening of its sixth location in Junction City. The new office, at 602 N. Jefferson, will allow Accessible Home Health to service a broader range of patients and families to include Junction City, the surrounding towns and rural areas. Debra Blomquist, RN and owner, founde
3/19/17 - Business Milestones Business Milestones
Ted Ashby, the president and CEO of Surrey Bank& Trust in Mount Airy, testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on behalf of the American Bankers Association in favor of the Small Business Administration 7 Loan program. The Northern Diabetic Center of Excellence, a department of Northern Hos
3/19/17 - CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Repeal of Obamacare presents variety of complexities
WASHINGTON The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it's not that easy. For 20 years, Republicans railed against the New Deal. Yet, when they came back into office in 1953, Eisenhower didn't just keep Social Security, he expanded it.
3/19/17 - Dingell, State Representatives Hold Town Hall on Impact of ACA Repeal in Michigan
YPSILANTI, MI- U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Representatives Donna Lasinski, Ronnie Peterson, Yousef Rabhi and Adam Zemke today held a town hall with Marianne Udow-Phillips, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation to discuss Republican's proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and what it means for.
3/19/17 - Doyle vows to vote against GOP health care plan [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Doyle urged attendees to contact other members of Congress and lobby them to vote against the GOP plan, known as the American Health Care Act. President Trump and Republicans in Congress intend to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare. The GOP plan would eliminate or significantly alter all but the most popular provisions of the law,
3/19/17 - EDITORIAL: Obamacare replacement needs drastic surgery [The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.)]
That is why Republicans in the U.S. House need to take their health care reform proposal back into the surgery room. The GOP proposal forgets that, despite some flaws, Obamacare helped our state cut the rate of medically uninsured by at least half. The Congressional Budget Office says the GOP proposal would result in about 14 million losing coverag
3/19/17 - Embattled healthcare bill faces biggest test yet with Republican defectors
The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has survived a damning report from the Congressional Budget Office, bipartisan opposition, criticism from virtually every corner of the healthcare industry, and even dueling powerpoint presentations. In the frenetic push to keep their longstanding promise to repeal the ACA, Republica
3/19/17 - ET views mixed on GOP health bill
Brown said about 60 percent of the patients at Wellness Pointe are covered either under former President Barack Obama's signature health care act or Medicaid. Vik Verma, who is covered under the Affordable Care Act and worked for its passage, said the GOP plan would have a devastating impact. Both Brown and Verma spoke before the Congressional Budg
3/19/17 - Experts worry about impact of proposed Obamacare replacement [The Frederick News-Post, Md.]
The AHCA was introduced March 6. In a report on Monday, the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that evaluates the economic impact of new legislation estimated that 14 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 under the AHCA than under current health care law. In 2026, 52 million people would be uninsured under the AHCA, while 28
3/19/17 - Findings from E. Burmeister Getz et al Has Provided New Information about Clinical Trials and Studies (Between-Batch Pharmacokinetic Variability...
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Medical Letter on the CDC& FDA Investigators discuss new findings in Clinical Research- Clinical Trials and Studies. According to news reporting from Berkeley, California, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "We previously demonstrated pharmacokinetic differences among manufacturing batches of a US Food
3/19/17 - Krauthammer: The real world of Obamacare repeal
WASHINGTON- The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it's not that easy. For 20 years, Republicans railed against the New Deal. Yet, when they came back into office in 1953, Eisenhower didn't just keep Social Security, he expanded it.
3/19/17 - Laser Man, Part 1: From farm boy to holistic healer
In the California coastal city of Long Beach, where palm trees adorn the sun-bathed urban sprawl, an investigator from the Food and Drug Administration trolled the booths of a beauty industry trade show. Promotional brochures said the low-power lasers, which were made by a then-66-year-old former dentist from South Dakota, could reduce pain, promot
3/19/17 - Letters to the editor: Thankful to have a president who cares
My heart is so sad after reading the letter from Bruce Barnes. It cannot be over-stated that one of the main reasons Republicans were put in charge of both houses of congress and the presidency in the last General Election was the American people's wish for repeal and replacement of Obamacare. As Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he is lead
3/19/17 - Malcolm Turnbull delivers 'outright' rejection of pension cuts plan
Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out pension cuts in the budget after a report that the government was considering cutting welfare for those receiving less than $20.02 a fortnight. It comes as the health minister, Greg Hunt, gave further signals on Sunday the government would unfreeze the Medicare rebate in the May budget to demonstrate what he called a
3/19/17 - Marathon offloads $89K muscular dystrophy drug after pricing uproar
CHICAGO Marathon Pharmaceuticals is ready for its turn as the poster child for high drug prices to be over. Following weeks of anger from patient advocates and members of Congress, the company announced Thursday morning that it plans to sell its $89,000- a-year Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug to PTC Therapeutics, a South Plainfield, N.J., compa
3/19/17 - Montana needs real health care reform
Insurance premiums increased yet again by an average of 25 to 50 percent this year in Montana. To accomplish that, I ve been working on a twofold approach to health care reform: making recommendations to Congress as they move forward with repealing Obamacare, and pursuing good policies in Montana that don t require federal action. It needs to
3/19/17 - Montana's lawmakers respond to Washington's health care plan
HELENA- According to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office last week, some states that expanded Medicaid as a part of the Affordable Care Act could end their programs under the Republican plan to repeal and replace the landmark health care legislation. Numbers from the state Department of Public Health and Human Services applied to t
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