Medications

Committee pitches concept to settle all opioid lawsuits

A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy has suggested other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold the drug ...

Pediatrics

Pediatric flu vaccine guidelines updated for 2019-20 season

(HealthDay)—In a policy statement published online Sept. 2 in Pediatrics, updated recommendations are presented regarding influenza vaccines for children, with no preference for any one product or formulation over another.

Medications

Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

Two senior senators—a Republican and a Democrat—unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs ...

Surgery

Operating time for hip, knee replacement overestimated

(HealthDay)—The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and most recent Relative Value Scale Update Committee recommendations overestimate the operating time for original and revision hip and knee replacements, according to a study ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Uganda confirms first Ebola case outside outbreak in Congo

A child in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year, Uganda's health ministry said late Tuesday, in a blow to efforts ...

Diabetes

High insulin costs come under fire on Capitol Hill

(HealthDay)—For many Americans, the cost of lifesaving insulin is simply too high, leading as many as one in four to ration the drug, experts testifying before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said this week.

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