Health

New Novartis Breast Cancer Drug Approved By FDA

Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new breast cancer drug called Kisqali, known chemically as ribociclib. Novartis developed Kisqali along with Astex Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Japan’s Otsuka Group. Astex will receive undisclosed payments from Novartis for its part in the partnership. The new […]

Marathon Pharmaceuticals Taking Heat Over Drug Pricing

Marathon Pharmaceuticals has frozen the rollout of muscular dystrophy drug Emflaza, its brand name for deflazacort, after taking significant criticism over its pricing plan for the drug. Emflaza received regulatory approval for U.S. sales last week. Marathon CEO Jeffrey Aronin said in a statement, “We have not sold any new product, and we will pause […]

Fewer People Signed Up For Affordable Care Act Coverage In 2017

Preliminary enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) show that fewer people signed up for coverage this year than last year. According to a report released on the figures, 9.2 million people signed up for insurance through the ACA for 2017. This was slightly below the 9.6 million sign-ups from last year. This was […]

President Trump Turns Attention To Drug Manufacturing

At a White House meeting surrounded by aides, President Donald Trump talked to eight pharmaceutical company executives about ways to make the American drug manufacturing industry more competitive. The message to the pharmaceutical company executives was similar to one he delivered to the auto executives that met with him last week. He said he would […]

EpiPen Rival Coming In February

A competitor to Mylan’s EpiPen is set to return to the market starting in February. The Auvi-Q is an epinephrine auto-injector sold by Virginia-based manufacturer Kaleo. The auto-injection adrenaline system is a lifesaving product that wards off anaphylactic shock during a severe allergy attack. The device was previously recalled in 2015 for what the FDA […]

President-Elect’s Plan For Health Insurance Light On Details

President-elect Donald J. Trump has announced nearing completion on a plan to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. He said that his plan would be unveiled soon after the confirmation of Representative Tom Price, Republican of Georgia, by the Senate to be the secretary of health and human services. Price is appearing before the Senate […]

Gates Foundation Making Big Investment In HIV Prevention

A tiny implantable drug pump designed to prevent infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is getting a big boost from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation is investing $140 million to help Intarcia Therapeutics, a Boston-based biopharmaceutical company, develop the implantable pump. The pump uses Intarcia’s Medici Drug Delivery System, which […]

Disease Detecting Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Conditions

Researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology are expressing enthusiasm for what appears to be a breakthrough in disease detection. A way has been discovered to test for 17 different diseases using a single breath from a patient. Microscopic compounds in the breath, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can be analyzed to detect each condition. […]

Merck: Ebola Vaccine 100% Protective

A vaccine for Ebola now licensed to Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) is being hailed as a success after being shown to provide 100 percent protection against the lethal disease. The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV, provides a faster, more efficient way to kill off the virus before it can do substantial damage to the body. […]

Mylan Ready To Release Generic EpiPen

Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) CEO Heather Bresch has announced that the “authorized generic” EpiPen will be available next week. The company is introducing the generic at a price of $300 for a two-pack, half the cost of its brand-name cousin. Mylan said it is offering a savings card for eligible patients with commercial health insurance, providing up […]

Pfizer Slapped With Record Fine For Price Increases

Regulators in Britain slapped Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) with a record £84.2 million ($107 million) fine this week for allegedly overcharging the national health-care system for an epilepsy treatment. The Competition and Markets Authority said Pfizer charged unfair prices in the U.K. for phenytoin sodium, breaking competition law. Drug-distribution company Flynn Pharma Ltd. Was also charged […]

Teva Pharmaceutical To Market World’s First Medical Cannabis Inhaler

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) is on track to begin marketing the world’s first inhaler for medical cannabis. Teva partnered with Syqe Medical to develop the device. In a statement, the companies said that the device was the first inhaler in the world capable of delivering botanicals at the level of safety and precision of […]

New Skin Patch Tracks Health Through Sweat

Researchers are developing an innovative new way to track health and fitness. A skin patch has been developed that can test droplets of sweat to track health while people exercise. Testing showed that the patches would work even on sweaty bicyclists throughout a long-distance race in Arizona. Researchers revealed the details of the devices in […]

EpiPen Rival Auvi-Q Coming Back To Market

An EpiPen rival will be returning to the market next year as a cheaper alternative to the lifesaving device. Kaléo announced on Wednesday that they would bring the Auvi-Q back in the first half of 2017. Like the EpiPen, the Auvi-Q will inject an emergency dose of epinephrine in the event of a severe allergic […]

Johnson & Johnson Beats Income And Revenue Estimates For 3Q

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) reported third-quarter revenue and profit that beat Wall Street estimates. Net income rose 27 percent to $4.27 billion, or $1.53 a share, from $3.36 billion, or $1.20 a share in the same quarter a year ago. Excluding special items, Johnson & Johnson earned $1.68 per share on revenue of $17.82 billion. […]

New Options Coming To Healthcare.gov

Many consumers will have a new option for Healthcare.gov’s fourth open-enrollment period. The website is adding standardized health plans that cover basic services without a deductible. The Obama administration said in a statement that the new standardized options are meant to ensure that “enrollees receive some upfront value for their premium dollars.” The new options […]

Mylan Announces $465M Settlement With Government

Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) has reached an agreement to pay $465 million to settle charges that company overcharged Medicaid for the allergy treatment EpiPen. Mylan will take the entire charge in the third quarter to pay for the settlement. Government spending on the EpiPen totaled nearly $1.3 billion from 2011 to 2015. It has not been disclosed […]

PepsiCo Launches Organic Gatorade

PepsiCo’s (NYSE:PEP) latest version of Gatorade is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA ensures organic products are more natural and less harmful to the environment. The new product, called G Organic, contains seven ingredients total: water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic natural flavor, sea salt, sodium citrate and potassium chloride. […]

Cheaper Version Of EpiPen Coming From Mylan

After a huge backlash against Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) over hiking the price of the lifesaving EpiPen, the company has announced that it will soon be releasing a cheaper generic version of the device. The EpiPen provides a rapid injection of epinephrine to counter anaphylactic shock occurring from allergic reactions to a bee sting, peanut allergy or […]

Mylan’s EpiPen Price Hike Sparks Widespread Anger

Mylan NV’s (NASDAQ:MYL) 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen has raised the ire of consumers that depend on the product’s life-saving capabilities. The company’s EpiPen is a mainstream drug used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Mylan has increased the price for the product from about $57 a shot in 2007 to more than $600 […]

Aetna Exiting Most Affordable Care Act Exchanges

Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) has announced plans to reduce its presence in the Affordable Care Act exchanges and cancel a planned expansion. On Monday, the company announced that it will withdraw from 11 of the 15 state exchanges where it sells marketplace plans. Aetna cited growing financial losses and structural problems with the exchange markets as […]

Wellness Benefits Disappearing From Workplaces

A survey from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that a number of wellness benefits have been slowly disappearing from the workplace landscape. Now in its 20th year, the SHRM survey polled 3,490 H.R. professionals at companies of various sizes in a wide range of industries. The survey now covers about 330 benefits, compared […]

CVS To Expand Heroin Overdose Intervention Availability In July

  In just a few short months, CVS Pharmacies will make the landmark heroin overdose intervention naloxone available without a prescription; at least, in Florida and six other states. Indeed, CVS Health is expanding its naloxone program across seven states—Florida (in early July); Colorado, Oregon, and Idaho (in mid-July), and Washington state (in early August). […]

Are Premies Vulnerable to Socioeconomic Issues In Addition to Health Issues?

It is already commonly known that babies born premature tend to be more vulnerable to diseases and other health complications, later in life. A new study, published on Wednesday in JAMA Pediatrics, though, shows that although these oft-more-sickly babies still grow up to be relatively healthy, they are also more likely to experience other hardships. […]

Is the Global Recession Responsible for at Least 260,000 Additional Cancer Deaths?

Researchers from Imperial College London speculate that of the more than a quarter million additional cancer deaths which occurred after the global recession began in 2008, many could have been directly related to unemployment or public health care cuts. More specifically, researchers say that the increase of cancer deaths could have been a result of […]

Should Expectant Mothers Eat More Fruit?

There is no big health secret about the benefits of eating more fruit, but a new study says that expectant mothers could pass some of these benefits on to their newborns. The study says that mothers who eat more fruit during pregnancy are also more likely to give birth to children with higher cognitive function. […]

Can Antidepressants Treat Other Conditions?

Antidepressants are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. It would be safe to assume, then, that depression is one of the most common ailments. While that may certainly seem true, new research says that many doctors are actually prescribing antidepressants for patients suffering from conditions other than depression. Antidepressant prescriptions are […]

Could An Implantable Opioid Addiction Treatment Be Available Soon?

The United States is on the brink of a full-blown opioid epidemic and medical professionals are scrambling to stay ahead of the trend. Of course, one strategy is to increase education and awareness to try and keep people away from these drugs. At the same time, it is possible that opioid prescriptions may have been […]

Do Culture and Geography Play into Sleep Patterns?

The human animal is a complex and yet we are all made, mostly, the same way. For example, we all need food and water and oxygen for our cells to properly divide and multiply and replenish. Also, we all share sleep in common. But just as culture and location dictates the type of food you […]

Babies Do Not Naturally Imitate—But they Do Learn In Time

Over the past several decades, researchers have conducted several studies to examine how human babies are capable of imitating facial expressions and hand gestures and even some vocalizations within the first few weeks of life. And they have found, in fact, that babies don’t actually copy us at all. By repeatedly testing young infants over […]

Mediterranean Diet May Provide Better Bone Health for Postmenopausal Women

More and more health officials have advocated for the Mediterranean diet over the past few years as continuous studies demonstrate both the immediate and long term health benefits. Sure enough, too, a new study suggests that the Mediterranean diet might also be linked to lower hip fracture risk in postmenopausal women. In a new report […]

Prescription Drug Spending Up, and There May be No End in Sight

There is no doubt that patients who suffer from chronic diseases—like cancer—should have a better outlook these days, as new treatments continue to make their way to market. With the advent of biopharmaceuticals, in particular, treatments for conditions that have long been difficult or complicated are suddenly more successful and this provides more offerings to […]

Cold Turkey is the Best Way To Quit Smoking

It is no big secret that smoking is one of the most dangerous habits a person can have. The problem, of course, is that while the health risks increase immediately after a person starts smoking, they do not necessarily begin to appear for many years—even decades—down the road. This makes it increasingly harder to quit […]

Stem Cell Research Could Result in Cornea Replacement For Cataract Patients Within the Next Few Years

Those who suffer from vision loss might have new hope today as scientist have announced they are now able to develop corneas and lenses from their own cells. While this development alone is remarkable it is more important to note that this type of procedure would spare patients the more invasive transplant process commonly implemented […]

University College London Scientists Find the Gray Hair Gene

Most people are probably aware that both hair color and baldness are genetic. But apparently there is also a gene which determines the likelihood that you might go gray, and when. This, of course, contradicts the standing belief that graying occurred as a result soley of hair weakening from aging. Researchers are saying that they […]

Better Balance of Gut Bacteria Could Protect Against Chronic Malnutrition

Studies have shown that there are both good and bad bacteria living inside our bodies. The good bacteria actually help to maintain healthy function and a new study suggests that manipulating these bacteria could actually help millions of children who suffer from chronic malnutrition. The research says that introducing or encouraging the right balance of […]

Wake Forest Team 3D Prints Human Organs

The novelty of 3D printing is that you can, in a way, teleport an object from one location to another, at great distance, in just a matter of minutes. Of course, the materials you make with a 3D printer will really only be replicas of the real thing, made out of a synthetic fiber, similar […]