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Flu shot only 36% effective, making bad year worse

Flu shot only 36% effective, making bad year worse

By Associated Press  |  February 15, 2018

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36% effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office.

Trump to nominate Jim Carroll as next drug czar

By Associated Press  |  February 12, 2018

President Donald Trump has tapped deputy White House chief of staff Jim Carroll to serve as the administration's next drug czar, making him the most public face of the administration's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

By Associated Press  |  February 10, 2018

OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller, bringing in billions in sales for privately held Purdue Pharma. Now, the company said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors.

White House outlines reforms to lower drug prices

White House outlines reforms to lower drug prices

By Alex Kacik  |  February 09, 2018

The White House's Council of Economic Advisers has recommended easing government regulations to lower drug prices and reinforce the Food and Drug Administration's push to spur competition through expedited approvals.

Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets 8 years in prison

Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets 8 years in prison

By Associated Press  |  January 31, 2018

A pharmacist has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and made nearly 800 seriously ill. The meningitis infection was traced to contaminated steroid injections given mostly to people with back pain.

Providers' solution for high drug prices: Make them ourselves

Providers' solution for high drug prices: Make them ourselves

By Alex Kacik and Tara Bannow  |  January 20, 2018

The new health system-led generic-drug company sent a shockwave through the healthcare industry, but experts warned that it would take plenty of time and capital to ultimately lower drug prices and mitigate shortages.

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