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Thursday, March 15, 2018

US House Rejects Bill Giving Patients Right to Try Experimental Drugs

The US House of Representatives failed to vote in support of a bill that would have given patients with terminal illnesses a right to try experimental treatments. The proposed "right-to-try"…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Bausch + Lomb Signs Agreement With Express Scripts, Expanding Insurance Coverage of Vyzulta

Bausch + Lomb announced an agreement with Express Scripts to begin coverage of Vyzulta (latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution) .024%. Under the agreement, Vyzulta is covered under an access positio…

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Second Sight Announces Latest Expansion of Medicare Coverage for Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

Second Sight Medical Products announced that Palmetto GBA (Jurisdiction JJ) is the latest Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) to provide coverage for the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Trump Administration Proposes Changes to Lower Drug Costs

The administration of US President Donald Trump on Friday released a white paper unveiling a number of proposals seeking to target rising prescription drug prices. The proposed changes inclu…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

American Academy of Ophthalmology Asks Congress To Help Preserve Access To Specialized Treatments For The Prevention Of Blindness

The American Academy of Ophthalmology on Tuesday testified before Congress that more must be done to ensure the supply of compounded treatments. The Academy believes that shortages of these drugs are …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Partner on U.S. Employee Health Care

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced that they are partnering on ways to address health care for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Leading U.S. Health Systems Announce Plans to Develop a Not-for-Profit Generic Drug Company

To help patients by addressing the often unwarranted shortages and high costs of lifesaving generic medications, Intermountain Healthcare is leading a collaboration with Ascension, SSM Health and Trin…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Prevent Blindness Urges Congress to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Eye health organization Prevent Blindness has issued the following statement addressing its stance on the funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. "As the nation’s leadi…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FDA to Release More Clinical Trial Information for Newly Approved Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make it easier for doctors, patients and researchers to get access to clinical trial data amassed during the process of approving new drugs, Commiss…

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Monday, December 04, 2017

The Vision Council Leadership Holds Annual Capitol Hill Fly-In

Joined by volunteer representatives from various member companies, The Vision Council held its annual Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee Capitol Hill Fly-In this week highlighting its ongoing…

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Tiny Medicare Raise Gets Tinier, Again

Congress promised physicians that it would increase Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) rates by 0.5% in 2018. Such a raise, in and of itself, would have added 37 cents to the allowable charge for an avera…

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Friday, December 01, 2017

FDA Aims to Expand Early-Approval Program for Promising Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration wants to help patients get faster access to promising cancer treatments. The agency is preparing proposals that would expand an accelerated-approval program for lifesa…

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Nautic Partners Announces the Formation of Healthy Eyes Advantage to Support Eye Care Professionals

On November 1, 2017, Nautic Partners announced it created "Healthy Eyes Advantage" in partnership with four industry companies to form an alliance of eye care professionals. Healthy Eyes acq…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FDA Quality Pilot Aims to Streamline Device Review Process

The FDA is piloting a new scheme for high-risk medical devices that removes the need for preapproval inspections in return for making more information on device quality available early on, according…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

US Senate Fails to Back "Skinny Repeal Bill"

The US Senate failed to back a stripped-down bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with 49 senators voting for the proposed legislation and 51 against. Senate Majority Leade…

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