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Monday, July 10, 2017 | Health Care

Georgia Public Health Chief Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, to Head CDC

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, Georgia's public health commissioner and someone widely respected in her field, has been named director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health and H…

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Friday, June 30, 2017 | Health Care

FDA Unveils Plan to Eliminate Orphan Designation Backlog

The FDA unveiled a strategic plan to eliminate the agency’s existing orphan designation request backlog and ensure continued timely response to all new requests for designation with firm deadlin…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | Health Care

US Budget Office Estimates Senate Healthcare Bill Will Leave 22 Million More Uninsured by 2026

According to a report released Monday by the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO), draft legislation unveiled by the Senate last week to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act will increase th…

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Friday, June 23, 2017 | Health Care

Senate Republicans Unveil Bill to Repeal Affordable Healthcare Act

Republican party leaders in the US Senate unveiled their health care reform bill on Thursday, ahead of a possible vote next week. The legislation follows a version passed in the House of Representativ…

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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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