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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Health Care, Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness to Hold Annual 'Eyes on Capitol Hill' Event, June 27

Prevent Blindness will be holding its eleventh annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” advocacy day on June 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Since 2006, Prevent Blindness and its affiliates have brough…

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Monday, June 19, 2017 | Health Care

AMA Calls on Companies to Include Suggested Retail Drug Prices in Consumer Advertising

The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a policy urging pharmaceutical companies to list the suggested retail prices of drugs when running direct-to-consumer advertisements, adding it …

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Friday, June 16, 2017 | Health Care

Executive Order on Drug Pricing Could Have Positive Outcome: Allergan CEO

Allergan CEO Brent Saunders believes an executive order on drug pricing could have a positive impact and he believes his company is well-positioned to handle any changes. The Trump administration is p…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Health Care

Supreme Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Biotech-Drug Copies

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a mixed decision on the rules governing efforts to get low-cost alternatives to pricey biotechnology drugs on the market. The justices said patent holders can’t use…

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Friday, June 09, 2017 | Health Care, Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness Sends Coalition Letter to Senate Regarding EHB

This week, Prevent Blindness sent a letter, signed by 101 vision and eye health organizations, to the United States Senate ahead of its work in drafting companion legislation to the House-passed Ameri…

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017 | Health Care

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Sets Sights on Lowering Generic Drug Prices: Report

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency may expedite applications for some generic drugs in an attempt to bring more price competition to the US market, Bloomberg reported. "We know the m…

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017 | Health Care

PA and NP Participation in Specialist Visits Doubles

The proportion of visits to specialists in which nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are involved has more than doubled in recent years, according to a research letter published o…

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Monday, June 05, 2017 | Health Care

Veterans Affairs to Use Same Electronic Health Record System as Military

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced his decision on the next-generation electronic health record (EHR) system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a news briefi…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | Health Care

Screen Eye Clinic Patients for Depression: Study

Eye clinic patients with low vision or blindness, and those who smoke or have diabetes, are at increased risk of being depressed and should be screened for depression, new research reports. "It i…

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Friday, May 26, 2017 | Health Care, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Johnson & Johnson Reps, AOA Execs Meet With FTC to Discuss Contact Lens Rule

Representatives of Johnson & Johnson Vision, the Coalition for Patient Vision Safety and the American Optometric Association (AOA) met earlier this week with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) acting …

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Friday, May 19, 2017 | Health Care

AOA and J&J Executives Advocate for Optometry and Patient Safety in Capitol Hill Meetings

Industry leaders visited Capitol Hill this week to deliver a message to Congress about eyecare, patient safety and the importance of “in-person vision care” provided by optometrists. The i…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Health Care

Proposal Would Allow Optometrists to Treat Glaucoma in Massachusetts

A legislative proposal would allow optometrists in Massachusetts to treat glaucoma and prescribe oral medications for eye infections. The provision was attached as an outside section in a $40.3 billio…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | Health Care, Management/Leadership

Senate Confirms Gottlieb as FDA Commissioner

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration despite Democratic questions about his financial ties to medical companies the agency regulates. …

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Friday, May 05, 2017 | Health Care

US House Passes Bill to Repeal, Replace Affordable Healthcare Act

The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted 217 to 213 in favor of proposed legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act, signed into law by fo…

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Friday, April 28, 2017 | Health Care, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Congress Hears From Ophthalmologists on Issues Affecting Medical and Surgical Eye Care

Eye physicians and surgeons representing the American Academy of Ophthalmology met with Congress in Washington D.C. on Wednesday on behalf of millions of patients across the United States who require …

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