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Breast Ultrasound and Cancer Detection Rates Increased Under New Laws

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –State breast density notification laws that mandate reporting of mammogram results can prompt further screening and modestly boost cancer detection rates, say researchers at Yale’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine. Their study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. About half of women […]

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Sanofi and Regeneron cutting list price of cholesterol drug by 60 percent

Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. will slash the U.S. list price of the companies’ potent but expensive cholesterol fighter Praluent by 60 percent.

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HHS Secretary Azar Floats Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

As lawmakers in Congress are exploring potential price-lowering options for prescription drugs, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is floating a proposed rule to lower the prices and out-of-pocket expenses by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts to patients instead of insurers.

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Senate Finance Committee and House Oversight Committee Take Aim at Drug Pricing

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the House Oversight Committee started hearings focused on high drug prices.

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Apple Watch, using Aetna client data, wants to help you be healthy

CVS Health Corp.’s health insurer Aetna is working with Apple Inc. on a new health app for Apple Watches that uses an individual’s medical history to set personalized health goals.

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Exclusive: CVS to cover migraine drugs from Teva, Lilly; excludes Amgen

CVS Health Corp. – a top U.S. manager of pharmacy benefits – added new migraine drugs from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. to the PBM’s list of covered drugs, excluding a rival treatment from Amgen Inc.

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UnitedHealth Sues Former Exec for Taking Secrets to Amazon-Berkshire-Chase Joint Venture

UnitedHealth Group’s Optum unit is suing David Smith, a former information technology executive, for breach of contract.

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Health insurers team up with IBM on blockchain project

A group of health insurers, including CVS Health Corp.’s Aetna, have teamed up with IBM Corp. to create a blockchain network aimed at cutting costs in the healthcare industry.

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U.S. insulin costs per patient nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016: study

The cost of insulin for treating type 1 diabetes in the United States nearly doubled over a five-year period, underscoring a national outcry over rising drug prices, according to a new analysis shared with Reuters.

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Healthcare deals raise pulse of U.S. lending in 2019

Bankers are diagnosing another robust year for U.S. healthcare lending as the first two big loans of 2019 include the largest-ever tie-up in the pharmaceutical sector, and more are expected.

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