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A new survey of approximately 3,000 brand-name prescription drugs has found that prices more than doubled for 60 and at least quadrupled for 20 since December 2014. The survey was conducted by DRX, a provider of price-comparison software to health plans. Leading the list of medications with the biggest…
House Republicans have failed to override President Obama’s veto of their bill gutting major pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), according to an article posted on the Politico website. The House voted 241­–186, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to override…
The FDA has granted a fast-track designation for the investigational vaccine TPIV 200 (TapImmune, Inc.) in the treatment of ovarian cancer. TPIV 200 has been evaluated with granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) adjuvant for maintenance therapy in patients with platinum-sensitive…
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published positive results from a phase 2a study of dupilumab (Sanofi/Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) in adults with moderate-to-severe chronic sinusitis with nasal polyposis who did not respond to intranasal corticosteroids. Dupilumab is an investigational…
Hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide might have avoided $1.7 billion in malpractice costs––and nearly 2,000 patient deaths––if medical staff and patients communicated better, according to an article posted on the STAT website. A report from CRICO Strategies, a research and analysis offshoot…
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed rules that would update the methods used to calculate the benchmarks of accountable care organizations (ACOs) that continue their participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) after an initial three-year agreement…
Positive overall survival (OS) results have been reported from a pivotal phase 3 trial comparing cabozantinib (Cometriq, Exelixis, Inc.) and everolimus (Afinitor, Novartis) in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who had experienced disease progression after treatment with a vascular epithelial…
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and at Banner Sun Health Research Institute have determined that testing a portion of a person’s submandibular gland may be a way to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study was published in Movement Disorders. Currently, no accurate diagnostic…
Positive results have been reported from a phase 2a clinical study of hydrocortisone acetate (HA) and lidocaine hydrochloride (LH) as single agents and in combination (HA/LH) in patients with grade I or II hemorrhoids. If the combination cream is eventually approved by the FDA, it would be the first…
In a new paper published in Nature, researchers describe a novel sweat monitor embedded on a translucent bracelet. The monitor consists of a sensor array and a flexible circuit board that measures the concentration of various chemicals in sweat, as well as a Bluetooth transmitter that beams the data…
There’s no reason to suspect Zika will be much different from dengue fever, and those outbreaks in the U.S. have largely been locally contained, according to Dr. Jared Aldstadt, an associate professor of geography at the University of Buffalo. Aldstadt’s research focuses on the mosquito species…
In response to recent infections and deaths from tainted medical scopes, U.S. lawmakers are wrestling with how to keep other dangerous devices from harming patients, according to a report from Kaiser Health News (KHN). Members of Congress, federal officials, and health-policy experts agree that the…
A new study investigating how hospitals try to avoid unnecessary emergency admissions has identified a series of innovations that could help to address the problem. Researchers in the United Kingdom have investigated how the emergency departments and staff of four major hospitals in the southwest of…
Positive data from a phase 3 pivotal study of defibrotide (Jazz Pharmaceuticals), a deoxyribonucleic acid derivative, have been published online in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. The findings demonstrated that treatment with defibrotide in patients with hepatic veno-occlusive…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated an emergency operations center staffed around the clock to address the threat from Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, agency officials told Reuters. The CDC set up such command…

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