One of the nation’s largest health insurers will use “step therapy” in some of its private Medicare plans next year, requiring patients to try cheaper drugs before pricey biologics and other costly medicines. Read the full article on Stat News [...]
Colorado's and Mississippi's Medicaid programs have ordered hospitals to report which medications they receive 340B discounts for, marking the latest effort to curb state drug spending. Read the full article on Modern Healthcare here.
Patients, their families and friends may see clinical trial research as important, yet they don’t know much about the research process and see trial participation as burdensome, a new study suggests. Read the full article on Reuters here.
Pfizer Inc on Thursday settled charges by New York’s attorney general that it misled consumers in its drug copayment coupon program into thinking they would pay far less to fill prescriptions than they ended up having to shell out. Read [...]
Federal health officials are investigating allegations of dirty surgical instruments and other quality problems at the Detroit Medical Center in response to allegations made last week by physicians. Read the full article on The Detroit News here.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether contracts between insurers and hospital systems are limiting competition and pushing up health-care costs. Read the full article on The Wall Street Journal here.
Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Read the full article on [...]
Congress is currently considering legislation that would unconstitutionally compel pharmaceutical companies to engage in government-required speech when advertising their drug products. Read the full article on Morning Consult here.
The Justice Department’s approval of the $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna on Wednesday caps a wave of consolidation among giant health care players that could leave American consumers with less control over their medical care and prescription [...]