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First Two- Drug, Single Tablet Complete Regimen Approved By FDA

Today The #FDA approved JULUCA the first 2 drug complete regimen to treat select individuals who are virally suppressed. The regimen contains integrase inhibitor dolutegravir and NNRTI rilpivirine.   Dolutegravir is also known as TIVICAY® and is marketed by ViiV Healthcare. Dolutegravir is also one of the components of Triumeq. Rilpivirine is known as EDURANT®…

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Vaccine Shortage Complicates Efforts To Quell Hepatitis A Outbreaks

By Stephanie O’Neill San Diego County, battling a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, is postponing an outreach campaign to provide the second of two inoculations against the contagious liver disease until a national shortage of the vaccine is resolved, the county’s chief public health officer said. “Our goal is to get that vaccine in as…

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Stunner On Birth Control: Trump’s Moral Exemption Is Geared To Just 2 Groups

By Julie Rovner October 16, 2017   Few people were surprised last week when the Trump administration issued a rule to make it easier for some religious employers to opt out of offering no-cost prescription birth control to their female employees under the Affordable Care Act. But a separate regulation issued at the same time…

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Trump Acting Solo: What You Need To Know About Changes To The Health Law

By Julie Rovner and Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby October 13, 2017 Apparently frustrated by Congress’ inability to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump this week decided to take matters into his own hands. Late Thursday evening, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier on…

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New Law Challenges ‘Evils’ Of Pharma Profits, California Governor Claims

By April Dembosky, KQED California Gov. Jerry Brown defied the drug industry Monday by signing a sweeping drug price transparency bill that will force drugmakers to publicly justify big price hikes. “Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown said. “This measure…

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Patients, Health Insurers Challenge Iowa’s Privatized Medicaid

By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio Iowa is one of 38 states that radically changed the way it runs Medicaid over the past few years. The state moved about 600,000 people on the government-run health program into care that is managed by for-profit insurance companies. The idea is that the private companies would save the…

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Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

By Michelle Andrews October 3, 2017 Valerie Green is still waiting to be cured. The Delaware resident was diagnosed with hepatitis C more than two years ago, but she doesn’t qualify yet for the Medicaid program’s criteria for treatment with a new class of highly effective but pricey drugs. The recent approval of a less…

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Whichever Way ‘Repeal and Replace’ Blows, Pharma Is Due For Windfall

By Emily Kopp California Healthline The pharmaceutical industry could see windfall profits from a little-noticed tweak to the insurance market tucked into the Trump administration’s draft executive order on drug prices, experts say. The short, technical paragraph calls for the Internal Revenue Service to allow patients with high-deductible health plans to receive care for chronic…

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Winners And Losers: 40 Is Old In Senate GOP Health Plan’s Subsidy Structure

By Julie Appleby June 22, 2017   People getting subsidies to help buy health insurance would see at least three sharp changes — tied to both age and income — that could dramatically affect how much they pay for coverage if the Senate Republican health plan becomes law. The Senate bill released Thursday would reduce…

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

By Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth June 22, 2017 Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely. Built into the…

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