Financial Ties That Bind: Studies Often Fall Short On Conflict-Of-Interest Disclosures

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

A new study in JAMA Surgery finds that a large sample of published medical research failed to disclose details on the financial relationships between medical device makers and physicians. Changes in the disclosure process could close this loop.

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Viewpoints: Doctors Deserve Higher Payments For Treating Sickest Medicare Patients; Dangerous Lessons On Dismissing Women’s Health Concerns

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.

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Perspectives: Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program Premiums’ Stability Belies The Increased Cost To Taxpayers

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.

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Governors Propose Methods To Curb High Drug Prices, Ranging From Seizing Patents To Subscription Programs

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.

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State Highlights: Illinois’ Psychiatric Facilities For Kids So Bad Some Teens Chose Jail, Advocates Say; D.C. Failed To Provide Mental Health Services For Troubled Children, Suit Claims

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, D.C., Ohio, California, Tennessee, Maryland, New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, Georgia, New Hampshire, Minnesota and North Dakota.

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There’s Been Few Breakthroughs In Alzheimer’s Drugs In Decades. Where’s The Demand For Progress?

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

In other diseases, loud and outraged patient advocates have played a crucial role in getting experimental treatments and drugs to trial. When it comes to Alzheimer's, though, experts say there isn't that energy to push for a cure. In other public health news: cancer and elephants, brain injuries, female doctors, race, Ebola and tainted blood pressure meds.

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Some Of Country’s Most Trusted Health Websites Have Outdated, Misleading Information For Pregnant Women

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

From the sites of one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country to Harvard University, ProPublica finds errors and misleading information about preeclampsia, an extremely dangerous condition for pregnant women. ProPublica's "Lost Mothers" series looks at why the country has such a high maternal mortality rate. In other news on women's health: pregnancy prevention apps and abortion clinics.

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New York Sues Purdue Pharma, Accuses Opioid Maker Of Widespread Fraud

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

New York joins dozens of other states suing the manufacturer of OxyContin. "The opioid epidemic was manufactured by unscrupulous distributors who developed a $400 billion industry pumping human misery into our communities," Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said.

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First-In-The-Nation Plan Would Taper Oregon’s Chronic Pain Patients’ Opioid Prescriptions Down To Zero

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

Officials say it's reducing the patients' exposure to harmful overprescribing practices, but critics warn that it will cause people to seek out opioids by any means necessary. In other news on the epidemic: the dangers of overdose for postpartum women who have been addicted to opioids; a look at grieving families on the frontlines of the crisis; how the issue could be a winning topic for Democrats; and more.

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With Cost-Effectiveness Threshold, CVS Wants To Harness Power Of The Market To Drive Down Drug Prices

Posted on Aug 15, 2018

In the midst of criticism that pharmacy benefits managers are not doing enough to drive down costs, CVS has announced that it will let its clients exclude from their formularies any new drugs that exceed the threshold of $100,000 per quality-of-life years.

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