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DEA Proposal Will Significantly Cut Opioid Manufacturing in 2019

By August 20, 2018

Last year, the DEA proposed a 20% reduction in the manufacturing of controlled substances for 2018 compared to 2017.

National Guideline Clearinghouse Offline Due to Funding Cuts

August 02, 2018

"We believe it is important for providers to have access to evidence-based guidelines when they need them, which is why health insurance providers were an early supporter and sponsor of this project," Cathryn Donaldson, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for AHIP, said in a statement.

FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

By July 17, 2018

The draft guidance, Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products, applies to drugs under the New Drug Application (NDA) process and "is intended to extend that NDA pathway to include therapeutic indications that have not, historically, been available for use without a prescription," said Gottlieb in a press statement.

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

By July 12, 2018

Gottlieb said "The charge to this new task force is to look for holistic solutions to addressing the underlying causes for these [drug] shortages."

AMA Adopts Policy to Cut Sugar Sweetened Drink Consumption

July 03, 2018

Policy supports evidence-based strategies such as excise taxes, adding warning labels

Does Political Affiliation Influence Patient Care? An Interview With Anupam B. Jena, MD

By June 07, 2018

To shed further light on the study's implications, MPR interviewed lead author Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Should Genealogy Data Be Used for Criminal Justice Purposes?

By May 30, 2018

Informed consent, privacy, and justice concerns are 3 issues that should be addressed before the use of online genealogy data in criminal cases becomes widely adopted.

AAP: Congress Urged to Act to Prevent Firearm Deaths

May 24, 2018

Following latest shooting, pediatricians join call for action to be taken to address firearm deaths, injury

White House Unveils Plan to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

By May 14, 2018

FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb MD, said, "The FDA shares the goal of ensuring that American patients have access to quality and affordable care that meets their needs."

Soda Tax Cuts Daily Soda, Energy Drink Consumption

April 13, 2018

Compared to the control cities, within the first 2 months of tax implementation the odds of daily consumption in Philadelphia were lower for regular soda (odds ratio, 0.6) and energy drinks (odds ratio, 0.36), while consumption of bottled water was higher (odds ratio, 1.58).

Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

April 13, 2018

A medical practice will complete an average of 29.1 PA requests per physician per week; these take 14.6 hours to process, on average.

CDC Given a List of "Forbidden Terms" by the Trump Administration

By December 18, 2017

The directive of change in language is intended to be incorporated in budget materials to be giving to Congress as part of the president's 2019 budget, to be released in February.

FDA Reveals Stem Cell Policy Plans Amid Clinic Crackdowns

By August 28, 2017

An FDA inspection of the clinic found that adipose tissue was being processed into stromal vascular fraction (stem cells derived from body fat) which was then administered intravenously or directly into the spinal cord of patients.

Why the FDA's Novel Plan for Nicotine Is a Step in the Right Direction

August 23, 2017

To put the scourge of conventional cigarettes in context, smoking kills 15 times more Americans per year than opioids.

Quality of Studies Used for FDA Approval Called Into Question

August 16, 2017

Thirty preapproval studies supported the 24 indications. The median number of participants enrolled in preapproval studies was 132. Fifty percent of the 38 required confirmatory studies were completed at a minimum 3 years of follow-up.

Opioid Epidemic Declared National Emergency

By August 11, 2017

Among the areas likely to benefit from increased funding are treatment centers, with the White House panel recommending rules be waived so that Medicaid recipients can get treatment for their addictions.

DEA Proposes Cut in Controlled Substance Manufacturing for 2018

By August 04, 2017

The DEA's manufacturing reduction applies to commonly prescribed Schedule II opioids.

New FDA Policy Aims to Increase Number of Generics on Market

By June 29, 2017

"No patient should be priced out of the medicines they need, and as an agency dedicated to promoting public health, we must do our part to help patients get access to the treatments they require," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.

AAFP: Prior Authorizations Create Significant Barriers to Patient Care

June 05, 2017

Coalition urges insurers to apply reform principles to current prior authorization programs

Court Ruling May Have Serious Consequences for Physicians in Public Service

June 05, 2017

Friend-of-the-court brief reflects concern that the ruling will have negative impact on physicians

ACP: Excessive Administrative Tasks Have Serious Consequences

March 28, 2017

American College of Physicians details policy recommendations to reduce administrative burden

Paid Malpractice Claims Evaluated by Physician Specialty

By March 27, 2017

Of the total paid claims, 7.6% were over $1 million.

Does Higher Physician Spending Mean Better Outcomes for Patients?

March 14, 2017

No difference in patient outcomes when physicians order more -- or more pricey -- tests, treatments

How Do PCPs Feel About the Potential Repeal of the ACA?

January 26, 2017

Though many would support changes, only 15 percent want law completely dismantled

HHS: Buprenorphine Access Expanded, New IHS Opioid Rx Rules

By July 07, 2016

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary announced new actions to fight the country's opioid epidemic.

Attitudes Toward Euthanasia, Doc-Assisted Suicide Investigated

July 07, 2016

Increasing, strong public support for euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Western Europe

FDA: More Data Needed for Hand Sanitizers, Other Antiseptic Rubs

By June 29, 2016

The Agency's proposed rule is to ensure that regular use of these products does not pose unknown safety and efficacy concerns.

Electronic Record Demands Linked to Physician Burnout

June 29, 2016

Survey found those who have to use EHRs/CPOEs report more burnout, job dissatisfaction

Rate of ER Visits Varies Among the Five Most Populous States

June 27, 2016

And, differences between states in expected source of payment for emergency department visits

AAMC: How to Alleviate the Impending Physician Shortage

June 20, 2016

Steps should be taken to combat the impending physician shortage of between 61,700 and 94,700 doctors that the U.S. is expected to face over the next decade.