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8/17/2018

A meta-analysis that included more than 400,000 participants found that mortality risk was elevated for people who followed high-carbohydrate diets and those who followed low-carb diets, according to a report in The Lancet Public Health. Diets that provide 50% to 55% of total energy from carbohydrates were associated with lower mortality risk, with substitution of plant-based proteins for carbs further reducing mortality risk.

8/17/2018

The FDA approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' generic version of Mylan's widely prescribed EpiPen allergy auto-injector for use in children and adults weighing more than 33 pounds. The drug, which is the first generic version of EpiPen, delivers epinephrine and is approved in 0.3 mg or 0.15 mg doses.

8/17/2018

President Donald Trump urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a lawsuit against certain manufacturers of opioid painkillers and to take action against foreign companies, particularly in China. Trump didn't specify which companies he wants to sue, but a number of states have already filed cases against opioid makers such as Purdue Pharma, alleging they contributed to the opioid abuse crisis.

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8/17/2018

South Korean researchers who used optical coherence tomography found that drug-naive individuals who have early Parkinson's disease had retinal thinning, which was associated with nigral dopaminergic loss and disease severity. Confirmation of the findings, which were published in Neurology, may prompt the use of retinal scans not only to provide earlier Parkinson's treatment but also to improve monitoring of therapies that may delay disease progression, researcher Dr. Jee-Young Lee said.

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8/17/2018

A report from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network finds that cancer care in California and Massachusetts is the best in the nation, with policies promoting cancer prevention, palliative care, pain management and expanded access to health care. Chris Hansen, CAN president, said establishing and enforcing policies outlined in the report will help stakeholders meet the needs of cancer patients, save lives and reduce long-term health care costs.

8/17/2018

A Unum Group survey of 1,227 working adults found 58% said paid family leave was their favorite work perk, while 55% said it was flexible and remote work options. The data showed 28% of workers chose healthy snacks at work as their favorite perk, while 27% listed financial planning resources and 14% said health coaching.

8/17/2018

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to clarify comments about pharmacy benefit managers' role in drug pricing after nine PBMs said they had never discouraged price cuts.

8/17/2018

Drugmakers have tried to pin blame for their high drug prices on everyone else in the industry, including children's and safety-net hospitals, and PBMs, but each claim has been proven wrong, Mytheos Holt writes. And according to Holt, they have allies, including "Republican congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), a major recipient of pharma donations."
Townhall (8/17)

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8/17/2018

A study released by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association showed that drugmakers' pricing decisions are not related to rebates, and a PCMA spokesman says prices are not related to fees, either.

8/17/2018

The FDA approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' generic version of Mylan's EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector, giving patients a lower-cost alternative and potentially alleviating a shortage, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

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Reuters