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Congressional Democrats threaten to subpoena vaping company Juul over documents

Congressional Democrats threatened to subpoena Juul Labs if the e-cigarette maker does not provide documents relating to the company’s products and marketing practices, as a House panel looks into whether Juul deliberately targeted children.

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Novo Nordisk to cut insulin prices in the U.S.

Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk will offer cheaper insulin to U.S. diabetics in response to criticism over the high price of the medication and after similar moves by rivals Sanofi and Eli Lilly.

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Watch 6 key issues this autumn

A look at potential new developments important to health communications and marketing.

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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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U.S. House Democrats introduce sweeping ‘Medicare for All’ bill

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled an ambitious proposal to move all Americans into the government’s Medicare health insurance program.

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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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Powerful Senate committee invites pharma executives to testify

A powerful U.S. Senate committee invited seven pharmaceutical companies to testify at a hearing during February 2019 examining rising prescription drug prices.

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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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U.S. lawmakers request info from insulin makers on rising prices

Two powerful U.S. lawmakers sent letters to the three leading insulin manufacturers requesting information on why its cost has skyrocketed in recent years and how much the companies profit from the life-sustaining diabetes treatment.

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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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