Meeting News

AMA adopts new strategy for genetic tests, therapeutics

November 15, 2017
AMA recently voted to advance the development of a comprehensive strategy that allows more consistent coverage of genomic and genetic tests and…

Trump nominates former pharmaceutical executive for HHS secretary

November 13, 2017
President Donald J. Trump has nominated Alex Azar II, the head of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s U.S.-based operations until this past…
In the Journals

Burnout, dissatisfaction drive 1 in 5 physicians to plan on reducing work hours

November 10, 2017
Survey results published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reveal a significant level of discontent among physicians, with many considering scaling back or…
In the Journals

Service price biggest driver of health care spending

November 9, 2017
Annual health care spending increased from $1.2 trillion to $2.1 trillion between 1996 and 2013, fueled by a 50% rise in the price of health care…

Pimavanserin reduces psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease

November 8, 2017
Phase 2 findings indicated pimavanserin, a selective serotonin inverse agonist that targets 5-HT2A receptors, significantly reduced psychosis among…

ACP: Physicians must promote patient safety

November 7, 2017
ACP recently published a new position paper asserting that improvements to patient safety are gravely needed in the outpatient setting while offering…

Otsuka, Lundbeck initiate a third trial of Rexulti for agitation in Alzheimer’s disease

November 6, 2017
Otsuka Pharmaceutical/Lundbeck recently announced the initiation of a third phase 3 trial to determine efficacy of Rexulti for treatment of agitation…

Trump pledges support for Alzheimer’s disease research

November 6, 2017
As November marks National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, the White House released a statement expressing commitment to cutting-edge…

CMS finalizes policies it says will lower drug prices, reduce burdens

November 3, 2017
AAFP and ACP are among the medical groups claiming CMS’s recent decisions regarding the final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and a…

Modernization of Stark Law promotes value-based care

November 3, 2017
The bipartisan legislation, “The Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2017,” was recently introduced by the Senate to modernize…
In the Journals

Neurological delays during word processing may predict Alzheimer’s disease

November 2, 2017
Delayed neurological response to word processing may indicate increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease among individuals with mild cognitive…

CMS attempts to ease regulatory burden with ‘Meaningful Measures’ initiative

November 2, 2017
During the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Fall Summit, Seema Verma, MPH, administrator of CMS, announced the launch of CMS’s…
In the JournalsPerspective

Choosing Wisely helpful, but many physicians unaware of the campaign

November 1, 2017
While awareness of the Choosing Wisely campaign was low among physicians, a majority of those who knew of the campaign reported that it was helpful…

The expanded access navigator: Helping patients who need potentially life-saving drug treatments

October 31, 2017
by Jonathan P. Jarow, MD You just diagnosed a patient with a serious condition for which there is no FDA-approved drug therapy.

AMA president-elect: Physicians must present ‘unified voice’ when advocating for patients, one another

October 30, 2017
Barbara L. McAneny, MD, will be the first oncologist to lead the AMA when she assumes the association’s presidency next year. AMA members…
In the Journals Plus

Trump declares opioid epidemic 'public health emergency'

October 26, 2017
Test.docx President Donald J. Trump on Thursday made the long-anticipated declaration that the opioid addiction crisis is a public…
Meeting News

ACIP recommends new shingles vaccine over Zostavax

October 25, 2017
Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, voted 8-7 today to recommend the recently approved herpes zoster vaccine…
In the Journals

Low wealth heightens risk for death, disability in US, England

October 24, 2017
In the United States and England, individuals in the lowest quintile of wealth were significantly more likely to die or be disabled than those in the…

WHO’s Tedros rescinds appointment of Mugabe as ‘goodwill ambassador’

October 23, 2017
Amid widespread concern, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, MSc, rescinded his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as…
FDA NewsPerspective

FDA approves shingles vaccine Shingrix

October 23, 2017
GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that the FDA has approved the company’s herpes zoster vaccine, Shingrix, for adults aged 50 years and…