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Calorie counts on menus are going to be mandatory in 2018

Calorie counts on menus are going to be mandatory in 2018

It’s finally happening. After nearly a decade of delays, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to implement an Obama-era policy that will require restaurants and other food outlets with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts beginning May 2018. Any big chain — from grocery stores to movie theaters, amusement parks to vending... Read More »

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It’s finally happening. After nearly a decade of delays, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to implement an Obama-era policy that will require restaurants and other food outlets with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts beginning May 2018. Any big chain — from grocery stores to movie theaters, amusement parks to vending… Read More »

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Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy

Doctors in Europe used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a boy with a genetic disease that had destroyed most of his skin, the team reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature. This was not the first use of the treatment, which adds gene therapy to a technique... Read More »

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Doctors in Europe used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a boy with a genetic disease that had destroyed most of his skin, the team reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature. This was not the first use of the treatment, which adds gene therapy to a technique… Read More »

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Whistleblower lawsuit claims Epic caused hundreds of hospitals to double-bill anesthesia services

A recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims Epic’s billing software prompted hundreds of hospitals across the country to double-bill Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, prompting “hundreds of millions of dollars” in fraudulent payments. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2015, was unsealed on Thursday. The federal government declined to intervene in the case earlier this year, but the... Read More »

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A recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims Epic’s billing software prompted hundreds of hospitals across the country to double-bill Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, prompting “hundreds of millions of dollars” in fraudulent payments. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2015, was unsealed on Thursday. The federal government declined to intervene in the case earlier this year, but the… Read More »

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Connecticut alleges massive, routine price-fixing by pharma

Connecticut’s attorney general alleged a far-reaching price-fixing conspiracy by global and U.S. makers of generic drugs Tuesday in a filing that greatly expands the scope of the lawsuit initiated by his office last year and eventually joined by most other states. “The allegations of our complaint are shocking, and the depth and breadth of the... Read More »

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Connecticut’s attorney general alleged a far-reaching price-fixing conspiracy by global and U.S. makers of generic drugs Tuesday in a filing that greatly expands the scope of the lawsuit initiated by his office last year and eventually joined by most other states. “The allegations of our complaint are shocking, and the depth and breadth of the… Read More »

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Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer’s Return

A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer. The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer. Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more than a quarter of the patients were still alive. Median survival for patients was 14.4 months, compared with eight months... Read More »

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A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer. The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer. Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more than a quarter of the patients were still alive. Median survival for patients was 14.4 months, compared with eight months… Read More »

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Pressure mounts to lift FDA restrictions on off-label drugs

When the Food and Drug Administration gives its okay for a new drug to be sold, it specifies the diseases or conditions for which the medicine has been approved. That does not mean doctors can’t prescribe that drug for other ailments. They do. All the time. And it’s perfectly legal. But for decades drugmakers have... Read More »

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When the Food and Drug Administration gives its okay for a new drug to be sold, it specifies the diseases or conditions for which the medicine has been approved. That does not mean doctors can’t prescribe that drug for other ailments. They do. All the time. And it’s perfectly legal. But for decades drugmakers have… Read More »

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California Governor Signs Law To Make Drug Pricing More Transparent

California Gov. Jerry Brown defied the drug industry Monday, signing the most comprehensive drug price transparency bill in the nation that will force drug makers to publicly justify big price hikes. “Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown says. “This measure... Read More »

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California Gov. Jerry Brown defied the drug industry Monday, signing the most comprehensive drug price transparency bill in the nation that will force drug makers to publicly justify big price hikes. “Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown says. “This measure… Read More »

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Medical costs are projected to rise at a higher rate in 2018

Medical cost trend – Behind the numbers 2018   PwC projects 2018 medical costs will grow at a slightly faster rate than 2017. Future reductions in cost trend will require more focus on price.   PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) annually projects the growth of medical costs in the employer insurance market for the coming... Read More »

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Medical cost trend – Behind the numbers 2018   PwC projects 2018 medical costs will grow at a slightly faster rate than 2017. Future reductions in cost trend will require more focus on price.   PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) annually projects the growth of medical costs in the employer insurance market for the coming… Read More »

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Seeing hope: FDA panel considers gene therapy for blindness

A girl saw her mother’s face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed “America’s Got Talent.” Caroline, Cole, Christian. All had mere glimmers of vision and... Read More »

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A girl saw her mother’s face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed “America’s Got Talent.” Caroline, Cole, Christian. All had mere glimmers of vision and… Read More »

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Gene Therapy May Be Breakthrough for Boys With ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ Disease

Boys affected by a rare but deadly neurological illness made famous by the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” may have new reason to hope, with gene therapy showing long-term promise in a new study. The disease, called adrenoleukodystrophy, affects about one in every 21,000 boys and occurs when boys lack one copy of the X chromosome. This... Read More »

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Boys affected by a rare but deadly neurological illness made famous by the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” may have new reason to hope, with gene therapy showing long-term promise in a new study. The disease, called adrenoleukodystrophy, affects about one in every 21,000 boys and occurs when boys lack one copy of the X chromosome. This… Read More »

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