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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:10:54 ESTBayer and U.S. healthcare investor Versant Ventures plan to establish a stem-cell research company called BlueRock Therapeutics, with initial joint funding of $225 million.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:33:02 ESTThe Justice Department hammered away in court at the viability of a plan by Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. to sell off assets in order to alleviate antitrust concerns about their proposed $34 billion merger.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:39:52 ESTHorizon Pharma shares slid 20% after a late-stage study for a genetic disease treatment broadly failed testing.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:51:52 ESTEndo International said it had sold back the rights to an opioid pain drug to BioDelivery Sciences International as the market for opioid-based painkillers has come under fire.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:57:43 ESTSix former executives and managers at Insys Therapeutics were arrested and charged with conspiring to defraud health insurers and bribe doctors in exchange for prescribing the company’s fentanyl painkiller, Subsys.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:41:52 ESTPfizer has become the latest drugmaker taken to task for high prices after U.K. authorities hit the company with a record $107 million fine over the price of an anti-epilepsy drug.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:39:17 ESTThe Senate approved legislation aimed at speeding up Food and Drug Administration approvals, which is expected to usher in a new, more industry-friendly era of drug and device regulation.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:35:31 ESTWhen it comes to saving for health-care costs in retirement, women need to set aside more—almost 20% more, on average—to cover their medical bills in the final years of their lives, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:17:27 ESTMedicaid in New York will begin covering gender-transition care for youths under a state regulation that goes into effect Wednesday, health department officials said.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:45:52 ESTAn innovative program at NYU Langone is tackling a big problem that keeps many cancer patients from healing—loss of appetite.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:10:45 ESTThe number of mumps cases has nearly tripled in 2016, making it the worst year for outbreaks in a decade. Despite widespread vaccination requirements, college campuses are bearing the brunt of the attack.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:34 ESTInvestor materials show the blood-testing company projected revenue of nearly $2 billion and net income of about $505 million this year.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:13:32 ESTThe Senate Monday cleared the final hurdle to passage of broad legislation aimed at boosting federal funds for biomedical research and speeding up government approval of drug and medical-devices.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:36:00 ESTThe Justice Department and proposed merger partners Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. presented a judge Monday with starkly different visions of how the transaction would affect the marketplace.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:32:09 ESTTo help migraines, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions, scientists try stimulating the vagus nerve, the same part of the nervous system activated by breathing exercise during meditation.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:35:35 ESTFormer New York City mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars of his fortune over the past decade fighting tobacco use in the developing world. Now, with cigarette use declining globally, he is deepening his campaign.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:16:15 ESTAs Republicans gear up to overhaul the federal health law, they face pushback from a couple unexpected corners on one of their goals: Giving health insurers greater ability to sell policies to consumers across state lines.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:53:32 ESTThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing hospitals to do a better job reporting medical-device problems after finding many lapses, including failures to flag a hysterectomy device’s potentially deadly risk.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:22:54 ESTValeant’s talks to sell a stomach-drug business to Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical for roughly $10 billion have broken down.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:28:13 ESTThe House passed far-reaching legislation aimed at bolstering federal funds for biomedical research and speeding up drug and medical-device approvals, a goal long sought by the pharmaceutical industry.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:32:52 ESTRepublicans on Capitol Hill are grappling with the likelihood that they will need Democratic support to pass parts of any plan replacing the Affordable Care Act, setting up a complex legislative battle over the law’s future.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:50:02 ESTThe Drug Enforcement Administration added furanyl fentanyl, a deadly cousin of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, to its most restrictive list of controlled substances.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:54:09 ESTSanofi SA has received its first set of drug compounds from its collaboration with a Harvard University scientist and his venture backers that aims to jumpstart discovery of new medicines.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:45:29 ESTAnthem Inc. executives told a judge that consumers would benefit from the company’s proposed acquisition of Cigna Corp., saying the new company would be innovative while not reducing competition in the marketplace.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:16:28 ESTIn tapping Rep. Tom Price and Medicaid consultant Seema Verma for top health positions, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling that he intends to put conservative health-policy goals at the forefront of his administration.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:22:25 ESTNovo Nordisk said its new insulin Tresiba carries about the same risk of serious heart problems as Sanofi’s Lantus but offers significantly lower risk of dangerously low blood sugar in people with Type-2 diabetes.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:26:53 ESTBlood-testing company got much of its funding from high-profile private investors who weren’t part of the ecosystem that typically backs startups and could see their stakes wiped out.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:06:05 ESTRobertson Stephens & Co. co-founder Robert Colman accused Theranos Inc. in a lawsuit filed Monday of making false and misleading claims about its operations and technology while soliciting money from investors.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:37:14 ESTUnitedHealth Group on Monday preannounced guidance for next year that topped expectations ahead of the health insurer’s annual investor conference.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:03:02 ESTA slide in the share of young adult smokers who choose Marlboro cigarettes has been arrested by Philip Morris’s introduction of a lower-priced alternative to its traditional Reds.
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:30:10 ESTPfizer and Eli Lilly have raised the price of their erectile-dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis almost in lockstep over the past few years, a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:19:46 ESTDoctors are steering patients to solutions other than sleep aids
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:35:39 ESTThe idea: Outdoor exercise is good for older adults both physically and mentally.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:52:13 ESTJohnson & Johnson has approached Swiss biopharmaceutical company Actelion about a possible deal, the two companies said Friday.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:37:22 ESTAn experimental Eli Lilly drug failed to significantly help Alzheimer’s disease patients in a closely watched clinical trial, dealing another blow to the pharmaceutical industry’s long quest to find a better treatment for the brain-damaging condition.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:45:49 ESTJust a handful of doctors, many with close ties to Insys Therapeutics, co-founded by John N. Kapoor, are responsible for outsize levels of prescribing of Subsys, a form of the powerful opioid fentanyl, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Federal and state prosecutors and regulators in more than 15 jurisdictions are investigating the company’s business practices.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:30:51 ESTMore than a year after doctors in Brazil first suspected the Zika virus was behind a wave of babies born with deforming birth defects, a new realization is coming into focus: Even babies appearing normal at birth aren’t necessarily out of the woods.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:01:04 ESTHealth-insurance premiums for Alaskans have been soaring almost 40% a year. That prompted the state government to make a novel move: to pay health costs for about 500 of the sickest residents to hold down premiums for everyone else.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:44:40 ESTAttorneys for the U.S. House of Representatives asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, citing negotiations with President-elect Donald Trump over the future of the Affordable Care Act.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:14:01 ESTU.S. beverage calories per person declined only 0.2% in 2015, a slower rate of decrease than in earlier years, despite efforts by the likes of Coke and Pepsi to cut such calories in the American diet by 20% over a decade.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:27:31 ESTAfter years of trying and failing to jump-start sales of alcohol-free beer, brewers like AB InBev, Heineken and Carlsberg are expanding their nonalcoholic offerings with renewed zeal.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:00:16 ESTFor health insurance startup Oscar Insurance, the election of Donald Trump could be a tough pill to swallow, complicated by ownership ties to the incoming administration that will put it under a bright spotlight.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:33:39 ESTAn anorexic woman who weighs 69 pounds can refuse force-feedings, a New Jersey superior court judge ruled. The woman told the court that she doesn’t want food or water and wants to enter palliative care.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:07:49 ESTThe trial starts Monday in the Justice Department’s challenge to health insurer Anthem’s $48 billion acquisition of reluctant partner Cigna, a case that could produce unusual courtroom drama.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:17:26 ESTTyler Shultz says he wanted to shield the reputation of former Secretary of State George Shultz, a Theranos director and his grandfather. His efforts opened a family rift.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:08:13 ESTEngland could suffer 135,000 cancer deaths caused by alcohol consumption over the next two decades should current drinking trends continue, according to a new report.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:26:27 ESTMore than a million people chose plans on the federal exchange in the first two weeks of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, indicating sign-ups haven’t been hurt by Donald Trump’s plans to repeal or amend the law.
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:24:33 ESTPatients who get emergency care at a hospital in their insurance network have nearly a 1 in 4 chance of being treated by an out-of-network ER physician who may send a “surprise” bill, according to an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:20:41 ESTAfter managers found evidence of drug activity in one of its plants in 2013, engine-maker Cummins has made it harder for employees to obtain prescriptions for potentially addictive painkillers.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:28:19 ESTTwo former corporate investigators sued GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday, alleging that the drugmaker hired them under false pretenses that led the pair to be imprisoned in China.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:22:23 ESTTheranos allegedly voided 11.3% of all blood-test reports that the Silicon Valley laboratory firm provided to Walgreens customers during a yearslong partnership between the companies, said a court filing by the drug chain.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:30:07 ESTRepublicans who have put a repeal of the Affordable Care Act at the top of their to-do list face a set of early, key decisions that will test the party’s consensus on the issue.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:01:02 ESTResearchers said a study involving reduced doses of Johnson & Johnson’s anticoagulant Xarelto suggests it may be possible for patients with two types of heart disease to avoid the need for three different blood thinners to protect them from stroke and heart attack.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:24:56 ESTMedicare released new data identifying prescription medicines that had sharp price increases and those which accounted for its largest total spending in 2015.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:41:32 ESTWest Nile virus may be deadlier than public health officials and doctors have thought, according to researchers in Texas who examined more than 4,100 cases in their state.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:43:53 ESTA major study of drugs used to treat arthritis pain challenges some long-held assumptions about the safety of pills taken by millions of patients world-wide.
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:29:47 ESTPresident-elect Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview, said that after meeting with President Obama he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act, an indication of possible compromise after he pledged repeatedly to repeal the health law.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:23:52 ESTThe government reported a surge in people picking plans on the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange on the day after voters elected a presidential candidate who has pledged to repeal the law.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:42:54 ESTMylan swung to a quarterly loss as it booked a big charge related to a settlement with authorities on contentious pricing of its EpiPen, and revenue growth came in below expectations as volumes of the lifesaving auto-injector fell.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:50:45 ESTDrugstore giant Walgreen Co. has sued its former lab-testing partner Theranos Inc. in federal court in Delaware, alleging it breached a contract between the two companies.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:01:00 ESTValeant returned to slashing its annual outlook, signaling the pharmaceutical company is still hemorrhaging from missteps over the past year and indicating it may take longer than expected to remake its business.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:55:29 ESTCVS Health warned that it stands to lose 40 million prescriptions next year as deals signed by rival Walgreens Boots Alliance with other participants in the drug supply chain shut out CVS stores.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:33:24 ESTLawmakers continued criticizing Mylan over its EpiPen injector, with two leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee calling for the Federal Trade Commission to review whether Mylan engaged in anti-competitive practices.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 12:10:27 ESTUnited Parcel Service Inc. said Monday it agreed to acquire clinical logistics company Marken Ltd., deepening its push into the profitable business of medical deliveries.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:13:03 ESTAfter years of relative equilibrium, the job market for nurses is heating up in many markets, driving up wages and sign-on bonuses for the nation’s fifth-largest occupation.
Sun, 06 Nov 2016 22:29:18 ESTFor health-care stocks, this year’s worst-performing sector in the S&P 500, any outcome in Tuesday’s U.S. elections might prove cathartic.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:23:52 EDTValeant is exploring a sale of its eye-surgery-equipment business as part of a sweeping effort to unload assets and pare debt.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:26:25 EDTA potential $10 billion deal to buy Valeant’s Salix business shows how Japan’s largest drugmaker by sales is betting on the U.S. and Europe for growth.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:46:39 EDTDistressed hospital operator Community Health Systems, Inc. announced it put more hospitals up for sale to raise cash and pay down debt, as its faltering turnaround drags on.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:32:00 EDTThe fourth open enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act opened Tuesday, a critical 90 days that the Obama administration hopes will boost participation and stabilize markets roiled by premium increases and insurer withdrawals.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:01:19 EDTA growing number of employers are using new tools that allow workers to compare prices for common procedures like MRIs and blood work, and get rewarded if they opt for lower-cost health-care options.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:46:55 EDTDonald Trump turned from attacking Hillary Clinton over her emails to focusing on voters’ pocketbook issues, denouncing President Barack Obama’s health-care law and the recent rise in individual insurance premiums.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:38:27 EDTNearly every county in the state now has only one insurer selling plans through the health-care law’s exchange, and premiums are soaring.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:15:36 EDTCardinal Health became the latest drug distributor to warn that the slowing pace of branded drug-price increases and lower generic drug pricing would hurt results.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:01:04 EDTA 13-year-old boy’s sudden cardiac death led doctors to wrongly diagnose more than 20 of his relatives with a potentially lethal heart disorder in a case that illustrates the potential for genetic testing to go wrong.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:55:16 EDTTeam Health Holdings said Monday the company has reached a deal to sell itself to a group of investors led by private-equity firm Blackstone Group for about $3.2 billion.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:21:34 EDTTreximet, a migraine drug, is just one of many treatments whose active ingredients are generic drugs that can be purchased separately at a fraction of the cost.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:11:50 EDTAetna said revenue and profit rose in its latest quarter, but the insurer is still struggling with pressure in the Affordable Care Act business, which it will largely exit next year.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:00:05 EDTHow much time people spend in hospitals or nursing homes in the final months of life, instead of at home, varies widely depending on where they live, new research shows.
Sun, 30 Oct 2016 17:52:13 EDTGenetic-testing company 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki said there is a disconnect between Silicon Valley and the U.S. regulatory system over how to view new health-related technologies.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:30:03 EDTHospital operator Community Health Systems said Wednesday it would post a third-quarter loss as it recorded a 10% drop in operating revenue and further reduced the value of its hospitals.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:22:21 EDTBayer’s $57 billion offer for Monsanto—aka “Monsatan”—means GMO protesters must rethink familiar old slogans and insults, and compose new songs for a company that has long been a target for activists.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:42:37 EDTShares of Edwards Lifesciences fell sharply in after-hours trading Tuesday after the medical-device maker reported lower-than-expected sales of its minimally-invasive heart valves in the third quarter.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:54:21 EDTMerck & Co.’s immunotherapy cancer drug Keytruda received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval as a first-line treatment for certain lung cancer patients.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:25:39 EDTHospital operator Catholic Health Initiatives, which has struggled after rapid expansion and a foray into health insurance, is in merger talks with Dignity Health to create one of the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital systems by revenue.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:28:38 EDTThe Obama administration confirmed a 25% average jump in premiums for the Affordable Care Act’s benchmark health plan. It also acknowledged an extension of the sign-up deadline for hundreds of thousands of people.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:42:35 EDTA group of 300 institutional investors, including many with ties to religious organizations, is waging a new campaign to press drugmakers to justify their price increases.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:49:50 EDTInsurer defections and rising premiums in the individual insurance market are spurring Democrats and Republicans alike to talk about changes to the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:54:02 EDTThe National Cancer Institute has concluded that some of its lymphoma researchers failed to notify the Food and Drug Administration in a timely fashion about fungal infections that resulted in two deaths of patients in one of its research studies.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:51:13 EDTCigna Corp. will stop requiring that patients and doctors jump through extra hoops known as prior authorization to receive coverage of a medication to treat opioid addiction under a settlement with New York State’s Attorney General.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:51:03 EDTQuestionable results led to changes in medical treatment. Weeks or months passed before Theranos told many people their results were unreliable.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:40:48 EDTPresident Barack Obama defended his signature health-care act in a speech that described his pride in the achievements of the law and acknowledged significant challenges his successor will face.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:50:00 EDTHealth officials in Detroit have opened an investigation into a local Whole Foods Market store over fears that two recently diagnosed cases of hepatitis A may be linked to the grocer’s prepared-foods section.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:49:30 EDTAn appeals court dealt a setback to a long-running lawsuit against the wireless industry over health concerns surrounding cellphones, deciding that a different legal standard for evidence should have been applied.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:16:46 EDTAbbott Laboratories swung to a loss in the most recent quarter as it booked a hefty charge related to the stock-price drop of embattled EpiPen maker Mylan NV, in which it owns a stake.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:52:39 EDTThe Obama administration said Wednesday it expects 13.8 million people to select a health plan on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges by the end of the coming open enrollment for 2017 coverage, an optimistic goal.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:23:32 EDTMore than 80% of the money that Medicare paid to chiropractors in 2013 went for medically unnecessary procedures, a new federal audit found.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:41:02 EDTFinalized rates for big health insurance plans show the magnitude of the challenge facing the Obama administration as it seeks to stabilize the insurance market under the Affordable Care Act in its remaining weeks in office.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:23:28 EDTJohnson & Johnson sought to reassure investors and analysts that lower-priced competition for one of its top-selling products won’t slow a company that posted slightly better-than-expected results in the third quarter.