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UnitedHealth gets FTC approval for DaVita unit purchase

UnitedHealth Group Inc. won anti-trust approval to buy DaVita Inc.’s primary and urgent care unit for $4.3 billion, the Federal Trade Commission said.

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The Rebate System Spikes Drug Prices, Scripps Study Confirms

As concerns over the price of prescription medicine continue to make headlines as the country barrels toward another election, a new study from the Scripps Research bolsters an argument touted by the pharmaceutical industry over the rebate system.

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Lilly’s new migraine drug pulls ahead of Amgen in fierce battle for new prescriptions

Eli Lilly and Co. pulled ahead in a three-way race with Amgen Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in attracting new patients to a new class of migraine drugs, and seeks to build on that advantage by stressing that the company’s therapy can completely prevent headaches in a small percentage of patients.

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The obscure advisory committees at the heart of the U.S. drug pricing debate

Expectations were high during 2018 for three new migraine drugs hitting the market from Amgen Inc., Eli Lilly and Co. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Priced around $7,000 each, the drugmakers called them “breakthrough” treatments designed to prevent migraines when taken year-round, and estimated that millions of patients could benefit. But a small group of medical experts who quietly advise U.S. health insurers on new drugs was not impressed, according to a private meeting held at UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx offices in Chicago that was attended by Reuters.

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With a Pharma Market Free of Rebates, We Can Sell on Value Again

The pharmaceutical industry’s greatest value lies in the quality of life that its drugs provide – plus the innovative programs that help support adherence and education.

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China’s Ant Financial amasses 50 million users, mostly low-income, in new health plan

A mutual health aid plan launched by Ant Financial Services Group – the dominant fintech player in China – has amassed more than 50 million users and is aiming for 300 million within two years, the company said.

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Cigna launches program to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $25/month

Health insurer Cigna Corp. launched a program aimed at ensuring some diabetes patients pay no more than $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin in the wake of heightened public scrutiny over soaring prices of the life-saving drug.

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U.S. Health insurer Centene to buy smaller rival WellCare for $15.3 billion

Centene Corp. will buy smaller rival WellCare Health Plans Inc. for $15.27 billion in stock and cash, in a move to bulk up the U.S. health insurer’s government-backed Medicare and Medicaid businesses while reducing exposure to Obamacare healthcare exchanges.

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Breast Ultrasound and Cancer Detection Rates Increased Under New Laws

  Participating in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Alliance for Health Research, the study comes from Yale’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine   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 […]

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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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