In an Attempt to block Rebate Rule, Pharmaceutical Industry Association sues Trump administration

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The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s recently finalized rebate rule, which would replace the current drug rebate rule with one that passes savings directly to consumers.  What is the Rebate Rule All About? PCMA, an association that represents pharmacy benefit managers, has been a staunch critic of the […]

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Pharma Industry says they Expect COVID-19 to be Around for a Much Longer Time

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Moncef Slaoui, the outgoing head of the federal COVID-19 vaccine effort Operation Warp Speed, reminded people to stay vigilant about COVID-19 even in the far future.  The OWS director said at the annual J.P. Morgan Health Conference: “I’m optimistic we will get this virus under control, but we cannot forget. We forgot with Ebola. We […]

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Biden taps ex-FDA Chief to lead COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

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As president-elect Joe Biden buckles up to be sworn into office, he chooses David Kessler, MD, a former FDA commissioner, lawyer, and pediatrician, to lead federal COVID-19 vaccine efforts.  On Jan. 15, Biden picked David Kessler as the new head of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), an initiative that began under the Trump administration which works […]

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Missouri’s Nostrum Labs the latest to pull Metformin over Carcinogen concerns

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Last year, a series of recalls followed after the US Food and Drug Administration noticed a potential carcinogen in the widely prescribed diabetes medication, metformin. A few days into 2021, a Missouri-based drugmaker is the most recent to join the spate of recalls. Kansas City, Missouri’s Nostrum Laboratories has voluntarily recalled one lot of 750-mg […]

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Pharma Industry Gets Lambasted by AHIP Over Drug Pricing Increases

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During a press release, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) criticized the pharmaceutical industry for its January 2021 drug price increases which shows that the great tension between payers and drugmakers since last year is still present to this day. Root of the Criticisms In a blog post, Matt Eyles, president and chief executive officer of […]

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Planning to Get an IUD? Here’s What You Should Know before Proceeding

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An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped birth control device made of plastic wrapped in copper and inserted into the woman’s uterus by a doctor or healthcare provider. If properly inserted and remains to stay in its place, an IUD could last for 5-10 years with more than 99% efficacy. It can also be […]

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COVID-19 and Beyond: Antibiotic Resistance, Mental Health, and other Issues the WHO will Focus on this 2021

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While the COVID-19 pandemic still remains as the world’s biggest health crisis, the World Health Organization says other issues also need more attention this 2021.  According to WHO chief Tedros Adnahom Ghebreyesus, the coronavirus pandemic will not be the last one of its kind, as attempts made to save humanity’s health and welfare will prove […]

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Menstrual Cup Users at a Higher Risk of IUD Expulsion, Study finds

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The use of menstrual cup was linked to an increased risk of intrauterine device (IUD) displacement, according to a trial of contraceptive efficacy involving two copper IUDs. Details of the Trial Results According to a study by Jill Long, MD, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, […]

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