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U.S. government gives states nearly $2 billion to combat opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will offer states more than $1.8 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Analysis Shows Eli Lilly’s Half-Price Humalog Generic Is Not Readily Available Across U.S.

Despite Eli Lilly’s authorized generic version of Humalog launching in May 2019 with a price tag 50 percent less than the blockbuster medicine, U.S. pharmacies are still primarily filling orders for the branded insulin instead of the cheaper Lispro Injection.

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Walgreens to close about 200 stores in United States

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. plans to close about 200 U.S. stores and expects to record related pre-tax charges of between $1.9 billion and $2.4 billion.

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White House scraps proposal to lower U.S. drug prices

The Trump administration scrapped a proposal for lowering prescription medicine prices, backing down from a policy that would have required health insurers to pass on billions of dollars in rebates they receive from drugmakers to Medicare patients.

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Amazon launches new in-store pickup option with Rite Aid as first partner has steadily added options for customers to receive the company’s packages including in car trunks, inside home garages and potentially by drone.

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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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McKesson to pay $37 million to resolve West Virginia opioid lawsuit

Drug distributor McKesson Corp. agreed to pay $37 million to resolve a lawsuit by the state of West Virginia seeking to hold the company responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic, the state’s attorney general said.

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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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Walgreens shares plunge 12 percent after ‘most difficult quarter’

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. shares fell 12 percent after the company cut the drug retailer’s 2019 earnings growth forecast and reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit in the face of stubbornly low generic drug prices in a crowded market.

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