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Ryan Confident About Health Plan's Passage

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 07:52

Paul Ryan expressed confidence that the Republican health-care plan will pass the House later this week, saying his party’s lawmakers are working to make changes to the bill to address remaining concerns, including providing more assistance to older Americans.

A Prescription Blood Thinner Beat Aspirin at Preventing Recurrence of Blood Clots, Study Finds

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 14:40

A Canadian research team found low doses of the blood thinner rivaroxaban, marketed as Xarelto from Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals, reduced the risk of blood clot recurrence by about 70% compared with aspirin, without increasing the risk of bleeding.

GOP Senators Say House Health Bill Won't Pass Without Changes

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 15:24

Republican senators, alarmed by a nonpartisan report showing millions would lose insurance under the GOP health-care plan, warned Tuesday that the bill wouldn’t become law without fundamental changes.

Generic Drugmakers Can Live With a Speedier FDA

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 05:58

FDA chief nominee Scott Gottlieb’s changes may pressure generic drug prices, but there are other positives for the sector.

Young People to Pay Less Under GOP Health Plan, CBO Says

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:11

A federal analysis of a Republican health plan that shows it would leave millions more uninsured has a silver lining for GOP leaders: In general, premiums under their proposal would eventually come down for younger people.

FDA Panel: Painkiller Opana ER Benefits No Longer Outweigh Risks

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 18:28

The benefits of an opioid painkiller linked to a 2015 HIV outbreak in Indiana no longer outweigh the risks, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded Tuesday.

After CBO Report, Democrats See Opening on Health Care

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 17:09

Democrats, after playing defense on health care for nearly a decade, are trying to turn the issue to their advantage in next year’s midterm elections, targeting in particular lawmakers who have already voted for the GOP health bill.

CBO Sees 24 Million More Uninsured, $337 Billion Deficit Cut With GOP Plan

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:39

The number of Americans without health insurance would grow by 24 million under a House Republican proposal to topple most of the Affordable Care Act, according to a nonpartisan report that is likely to complicate GOP lawmakers’ efforts to unite around the plan.

Pershing Square Sold Stake in Valeant

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 06:26

William Ackman’s Pershing Square sold its stake in struggling drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals, taking a roughly $4 billion loss and bringing to a close one of the most tortured sagas in hedge-fund history.

AstraZeneca Gives Rejected Drugs a Second Life

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 01:32

AstraZeneca is working with outside researchers to look for untapped potential in drugs that the company has shelved, part of a broader move to improve its research-and-development output.

After Record Year for Fatal Overdoses, New York City Targets Opioids

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 18:44

New York City will spend $38 million annually to combat an opioid epidemic that killed more than 1,000 New Yorkers last year, city officials said Monday.

Seema Verma Confirmed as Head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:04

Seema Verma, President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the Medicare and Medicaid programs, won Senate confirmation in a largely party-line vote Monday, placing an advocate of overhauling Medicaid at the program’s helm.

GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:25

The House Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could hit many rural areas particularly hard, sharply increasing the cost for some residents buying their own insurance.

GOP Health Plan Advances After Clearing Two Panels

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 07:37

Republicans in Congress scored a victory in their efforts to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, pushing measures through two House committees. But opposition to the health overhaul remains strong.

Soda Loses Its U.S. Crown: Americans Now Drink More Bottled Water

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:31

Americans now officially drink more bottled water than soda. It’s a shift that decades ago might have seemed unthinkable—that consumers would buy a packaged version of something that was free from a tap.

GOP's Health Plan Draws Skepticism on Capitol Hill

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 07:24

President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but emerging conservative opposition threatened to derail the contentious plan.

Health-Care Companies See Big Risks in Plan to Replace Obamacare

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 05:36

Though they are applauding the elimination of some taxes, insurers foresee problems from the cancellation of penalties for going without health coverage.