13 Mar 2019

HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE WILL ELI LILLY’S HALF-PRICE INSULIN MAKE?

  By Bram Sable-Smith When Erin Gilmer filled her insulin prescription at a Denver-area Walgreens in January, she paid $8.50. U.S. taxpayers paid another $280.51. “It eats at me to know that taxpayer money is being wasted,” said Gilmer, who has Medicare and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while

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11 Mar 2019

AVLS OFFERS RPhS Review Course

  What will you learn at the RPhS Review Course? April 6, 2019 | Chicago, IL     The RPhS Review Course Agenda will improve your knowledge of duplex ultrasound in treating venous disease. We have a full day planned for the RPhS Review Course, covering everything you need to

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11 Mar 2019

PATIENTS NEED TRANSPARENCY AND RELIEF FROM HIGH DRUG COSTS, NOT DEFENSE OF THE STATUS QUO

By: John O’Brien The current drug pricing system is broken and indefensible. Right now, everybody but the patient benefits as list prices climb higher and higher. President Trump has proposed to bring transparency to the system, end the status quo of kickbacks from drug companies to middlemen and plans, known in

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07 Mar 2019

FDA COMMISSIONER SCOTT GOTTLIEB RESIGNS

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, resigned March 5, but will remain in his position until April 5. Dr. Gottlieb, who has led the FDA since May 2017, did not offer a reason for his departure in his resignation letter, although he included: “We were strong

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06 Mar 2019

A ‘FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH’ PILL? ‘Sure, if you are a mouse!’

      By Marisa Taylor Renowned Harvard University geneticist David Sinclair recently made a startling assertion: Scientific data shows he has knocked more than two decades off his biological age. What’s the 49-year-old’s secret? He says his daily regimen includes ingesting a molecule his own research found improved the

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06 Mar 2019

PATIENTS EXPERIMENT WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO FIGHT AGING

By Marisa Taylor Dr. Alan Green’s patients travel from around the country to his tiny practice in Queens, N.Y., lured by the prospect of longer lives. Over the past two years, more than 200 patients have flocked to see Dr. Green after learning that two drugs he prescribes could possibly stave off aging.

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06 Mar 2019

FIRST STEP: LILLY RELEASES HUMALOG GENERIC, SLASHING INSULIN LIST PRICE IN HALF

    Lilly has released Lispro, a generic form of its insulin drug of Humalog, cutting the list price in half and ideally reducing out-of-pocket patient costs. Insulin Lispro will go for $137.35 per vial or $265.50 for a pack of five KwikPens. Because Humalog and Lispro are fast-acting forms of insulin,

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21 Feb 2019

MEDICARE. FOR. ALL. THREE LITTLE WORDS LOST IN DEM RHETORIC

By Shefali Luthra Democrats with 2020 presidential aspirations are courting the party’s increasingly influential progressive wing and staking out ambitious policy platforms. Front and center are three words: Medicare. For. All. That simple phrase is loaded with political baggage, and often accompanied by vague promises and complex jargon. Different candidates use

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19 Feb 2019

DOJ DEFENDS APPROVAL CONSIDERATIONS IN CVS-AETNA MERGER

As a federal judge reviews the merger between CVS Health and Aetna, the Department of Justice is sticking by its agreement with the two companies, according to an article in FierceHealthcar Feb 19. In a court filing in mid-February, DOJ defended that deal. Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court

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19 Feb 2019

OEIS 6TH ANNUAL MEETING IS APRIL 5-6 IN FLORIDA

    If you are a physician specializing in interventional cardiology, interventional radiology or vascular surgery — or a non-physician employed or affiliated with a corporation involved in providing patients with endovascular and interventional procedures, you will find the OEIS’s 6th Annual National Scientific Meeting April 5-6 in St. Petersburg, Florida,

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