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Lawsuit

Duke Settles Doctored Data Lawsuit for $112.5 Million

In one of the largest-ever such agreements with an academic institution, Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, has settled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that lung researchers there used fake data in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications. The settlement, for a case brought under the False Claims Act (FCA); but is for $112.5 million,…

UnitedHealth's OptumRx accused of drug overcharges

Ohio Accuses UnitedHealth's OptumRx of Drug Overcharges in Lawsuit

Ohio’s attorney general on Monday said he had filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc’s OptumRx unit; saying the pharmacy benefit manager had overcharged the state nearly $16 million for prescription drugs. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s lawsuit followed a probe into the extent pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs); like OptumRx had engaged in pricing practices…

Medicines Cost

Canada Creates National Drug Agency to Cut Medicines Cost

Canada will create a national drug agency to help cut the cost of prescription medications as part of a plan to broaden the state-funded healthcare program, the finance ministry said in its budget on Tuesday. Unlike other countries with universal healthcare, Canada does not cover prescription drugs; leaving most Canadians to rely on a mixture…

Forensic medicine

Marijuana Is A Lot More Than Just A Pharmacologist

Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing array of products available for pain, anxiety, sex and more. The glass counters and their jars of products in the…

Trump Budget

U.S. Democrats Blast Safety Net Cuts in Trump Budget as 'Malicious'

Congressional Democrats attacked U.S. social safety net changes proposed by President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget plan, with a senior lawmaker on Tuesday saying Trump’s cutbacks in programs such as Medicaid and food aid were “intended to do harm.” Trump’s budget is widely seen as a dead letter on Capitol Hill, where the Democratic-majority…

Military Doctors

Military Doctors in Crosshairs of a Budget Battle

The U.S. military is devising major reductions in its medical corps, unnerving the system’s advocates who fear the cuts will hobble the armed forces’ ability to adequately care for health problems of military personnel at home and abroad. The move inside the military coincides with efforts by the Trump administration to privatize care for veterans.…

Lawmakers

Lawmakers Criticize Trump's Bid to Cut NIH, CDC Budgets

House lawmakers who will write the next spending bill for federal medical programs criticized the Trump administration’s bid to cut the budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At a Wednesday hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and…

Medicaid work

Judge Vows To Rule On Medicaid Work Requirements

The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration’s renewed strategy to force enrollees to work. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky’s work requirement, heard testimony on a revised federal approval. He also had a hearing on Arkansas’ Medicaid work…

Gunman

Doctor Shot While Stopping Gunman at Florida Hospital

A physician working in the emergency department (ED) at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, is being called a hero, after jumping in front of an armed gunman who opened fire in the ED on the evening of February 27. “One injured employee (a physician) has been released; so from…

Drug Prices

Lawmakers United Against High Drug Prices Bare Partisan Teeth

While the high cost of prescription drug prices seems to be a universally agreed-upon trouble spot; in the American health system, a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing Thursday showed that Democrats and Republicans; but are still miles apart on what to do about it. The hearing, focused on using Medicare to encourage affordability, competition…

Mass Shootings

Higher Rates of Mass Shootings In US States

US states with more relaxed gun control laws and higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of mass shootings; reveals a time trends analysis, published today in The BMJ. And the gap in the rate of mass shootings between these states and those with more restrictive laws; seems to have widened in recent years, the…

Bankruptcy

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Exploring Bankruptcy

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is exploring filing for bankruptcy to address potentially significant liabilities; from roughly 2,000 lawsuits alleging the drugmaker contributed to the deadly opioid crisis; sweeping the United States, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The potential move shows how Purdue and its wealthy owners, the Sackler family; are under…