FDA News

FDA grants priority review to three oncology therapies

February 20, 2019
The FDA granted priority review to three drugs in development for oncology indications. The designations apply to use of:

Wage-fixing and no-poach agreements

February 19, 2019
Antitrust laws are intended to ensure that firms compete fairly in an open marketplace, including to hire or retain employees. Physician practices…
Guidelines

Updated Beers Criteria intended to reduce inappropriate medication use

February 19, 2019
The latest version of the American Geriatrics Society’s Beers Criteria provides guidance for clinicians on which medications most of their…
Feature

Stanford’s WellMD Center blazes a trail to promote joy in medicine, combat burnout

February 18, 2019
Physician burnout has become a topic of interest in the medical community in recent years, with the level of urgency increasing on what seems like a…
In the Journals

Palivizumab not effective treatment for RSV bronchiolitis

February 18, 2019
IV palivizumab, a monoclonal antibody to respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, did not appear to help or harm infants with RSV-positive bronchiolitis…
In the Journals

Chemical exposure before, after birth reduces lung function

February 15, 2019
Prenatal and postnatal exposure to parabens, phthalates and perfluoroalkyl substances may reduce lung function in children, researchers said. …
Feature

Walgreens to pay $270 million for overbilling prescription drugs, insulin pens

February 14, 2019
With all of the attention currently placed on prescription drug prices, it’s difficult to believe that a major retail distributor of…
In the JournalsPerspective

Point-of-care ultrasound shows diagnostic, cost-saving potential

February 13, 2019
Point-of-care ultrasound provided diagnostic capabilities in several clinical areas and reduced costs, according to a systematic review recently…
Meeting News

5 major themes from the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

February 13, 2019
The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference was held January 7-10, 2019 in San Francisco. Each year, the health care investment symposium brings…
In the Journals

PCV13 reduces CAP in France more than 5 years later

February 6, 2019
Vaccination with the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has consistently decreased the rate of community-acquired pneumonia among French…

Trump’s drug-pricing proposal a step forward, but may not have significant impact

February 6, 2019
The Trump Administration proposed a new rule last week to lower prices of prescription drugs and out-of-pocket costs by encouraging manufacturers to…
In the JournalsPerspective

‘Simple, inexpensive’ intervention improves patient punctuality

February 6, 2019
Adjusting the patient scheduling process improved patient punctuality as well as patient and provider satisfaction, according to findings recently…

AMA: Prior authorization hurdles cause negative health outcomes

February 5, 2019
More than 90% of physicians reported prior authorization requirements had a negative impact on patient clinical outcomes and that prior authorization…
Feature

Poll suggests PCPs should discuss sleep more often

February 5, 2019
Of 289 patients asked, 48% said their primary care physician has never asked them about their sleeping habits, according to a survey recently…
In the Journals

Project data establish national norm empathy scores for osteopathic medical students

February 5, 2019
Data from phase 1 of the nationwide Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy, or POMEE, have been used to develop the first and only…
FDA News

FDA expands Alimta approval for lung cancer

January 31, 2019
The FDA expanded the approval of pemetrexed for injection to include its use in combination with pembrolizumab and platinum chemotherapy for…
Feature

Taking Their Own Advice: Disparity in Paid Family Leave among Top Medical Schools

January 31, 2019
Although pediatric medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have demanded congressional legislation to ensure that new…
In the Journals

Pediatric corticosteroid use increases with poor asthma control documentation

January 29, 2019
Children with uncontrolled or undocumented control of their asthma symptoms were more likely to receive prescriptions for both oral and inhaled…
Feature

Better adherence needed to ensure benefits, cost-effectiveness of lung cancer screening

January 28, 2019
Adherence to annual lung cancer screening appeared low among U.S. veterans at high risk for the malignancy who had negative findings on baseline…
Feature

Amid new year drug price hikes, Congress calls on manufacturers to justify costs

January 25, 2019
In 2018, after President Donald Trump publicly condemned the pharmaceutical industry for skyrocketing prescription drug prices, several of the…
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