Patients seek relief from spiraling drug prices. Will the Inflation Reduction Act deliver?

Patients seek relief from spiraling drug prices. Will the Inflation Reduction Act deliver?

This post was originally published on this siteCancer and multiple sclerosis patients insured by Medicare are among those awaiting lower drug prices from the Inflation Reduction Act.     

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Fauci will step down in December

Fauci will step down in December

This post was originally published on this siteAnthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert who led the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic across two presidential administrations, will step down at the end of this year. The 81-year-old Fauci, who heads the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute...

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Pfizer submits application for updated COVID-19 vaccine booster to FDA

Pfizer submits application for updated COVID-19 vaccine booster to FDA

This post was originally published on this sitePfizer said Monday that it has submitted its application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an updated COVID-19 vaccine targeting the omicron subvariant currently circulating. The application comes ahead of a fall booster shot campaign. Assuming the FDA signs off, the...

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Judge rules Walgreens contributed to San Francisco opioid crisis

Judge rules Walgreens contributed to San Francisco opioid crisis

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens “substantially contributed” to San Francisco’s opioid epidemic by failing to prevent misuse of the highly addictive painkillers, The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle report.
Walgreens handled nearly 1 in 5 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills distributed nationwide at the height of the opioid crisis. It was the only drug company sued by San Francisco that didn’t settle. The case went to trial in April.
“Walgreens has regulatory obligations to take reasonable steps to prevent the drugs from being diverted and harming the public,” U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer wrote in the ruling. “The evidence at trial established that Walgreens breached these obligations.” A later trial will determine how much Walgreens will have to pay the city. A Walgreens spokesperson said the company would appeal.

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5 ways the Democrats’ inflation bill could lower drug prices for seniors

5 ways the Democrats’ inflation bill could lower drug prices for seniors

This post was originally published on this siteThe Democrats’ health care and climate package aims to lower drug prices in Medicare, which would save both senior citizens and the federal government money.

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Biden to sign bill expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

Biden to sign bill expanding health care benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to sign into law a bill expanding health care benefits to millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service.

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Monkeypox is now a national public health emergency in the US – an epidemiologist explains what this means

Monkeypox is now a national public health emergency in the US – an epidemiologist explains what this means

This post was originally published on this site After news broke that the U.S. declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency, friends and family started asking me, an infectious disease epidemiologist, if monkeypox is about to begin causing widespread death and chaos. I assured them that the Aug. 4,...

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Democrats in tough races celebrate new party-line bill, vowing lower drug costs

Democrats in tough races celebrate new party-line bill, vowing lower drug costs

This post was originally published on this siteDemocrats in competitive election races were quick to tout their sweeping new climate and economic package after it passed the Senate on Sunday in a party-line

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US Declares Monkeypox a Health Emergency, Finally

US Declares Monkeypox a Health Emergency, Finally

This post was originally published on this siteThe FDA is laying out a new strategy to extend vaccine supplies. But the approach doesn’t go far enough to understand how well the vaccine works.

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