Monthly Archives: October 2017

Increasing Competition, Weakening FDA Oversight Could Reduce Drug Prices

David R. Henderson, a research fellow with the Hoover Foundation, and Charles L. Hooper, president of Objective Insights, wrote in the Washington Post “In Theory” section that more competition could reduce drug prices. By decreasing the FDA’s monopoly power over new drugs, … Continue reading

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Generic Drugs Sometimes Differ Dangerously from Branded Counterparts

Bloomberg News reports generic drugs are not necessarily comparable with their name-brand counterparts for two possible reasons. The first is that medicines are becoming increasingly complex, featuring specific release mechanisms that control how the body absorbs the specific mix of ingredients. … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Group Kept Nurses in “Indentured Servitude”

McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports a class action lawsuit filed against SentosaCare, “New York’s largest for-profit nursing home group,” claims the company “kept more than 350 Filipino nurses in ‘indentured servitude’ and sued those who tried to quit.” The employee … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Should you become injured or ill in the workplace, you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. This might seem like a stressful and complicated endeavor, but it doesn’t need to be. As long as you follow the proper protocol … Continue reading

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Medicare Advantage Pilot Allows Insurers to Use Telemedicine

Politico reports that CMS said its “Innovation Center is expanding a Medicare Advantage model and will allow consults ‘via real-time interactive audio and video’ for diabetics and tobacco cessation treatment for COPD patients.” The piece points out that this pilot offers … Continue reading

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Opioid Manufacturers Have Long History of “Deceptive” Advertising

The New York Daily News reported on the new marketing strategies of opioid makers, characterizing manufacturers and advertisers as “pill-peddling pitchmen” who “launched a campaign that became a multi-billion dollar success – and, critics say, an unmitigated national disaster.” Beginning with … Continue reading

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ACLU Sues Colorado Medicaid Over Denial of Hepatitis C Treatment

The Denver Post reports ACLU Colorado is suing the state’s Medicaid program on behalf of thousands of recipients who have been “denied treatment for the life-threatening hepatitis C virus” because, according to Medicaid’s policy, they have “not yet suffered measurable and potentially … Continue reading

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US Cigarette Companies Agree to Run “Corrective Statements” Beginning in November

The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch reports Altria, Reynolds American, and other U.S. cigarette companies reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to run “corrective statements” on TV and in newspapers beginning in late November. Among the statements is: … Continue reading

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Arizona AG Moves to Dismiss More Than 1,000 ADA Lawsuits

The East Valley (AZ) Tribune reports that the Arizona Attorney General’s office “plans to file a motion to dismiss more than 1,000 lawsuits filed against Arizona businesses that accuse them of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.” The Tribune adds that “the … Continue reading

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Life Care Centers Lawsuit to End in Settlement

McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports a False Claims Act lawsuit against Life Care Centers of America, “which was accused of providing unnecessary therapy services to maximize reimbursements,” will end in a settlement. The case involved the “controversial topic of statistical … Continue reading

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