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Teva will pay $1.2 billion in FTC pay-for-delay settlement

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 28, 2015

Drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals will pay $1.2 billion to purchasers to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that a company it acquired stalled generic versions of its popular sleep-disorder drug Provigil from entering the market. The settlement, which still must be approved by a judge,...

Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

By Associated Press  |  May 28, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.

Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV

By Associated Press  |  May 28, 2015

A major international study says HIV patients shouldn't delay in seeking treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer.

Finley to lead Alameda Health System

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 27, 2015

Delvecchio Finley, CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, will serve as the next CEO of Alameda Health System, a public safety-net system based in Oakland, Calif.

FBI said to probe devices known to spread cancer in women

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 27, 2015

Federal investigators are reportedly probing medical devices linked to spreading cancer in women and examining what Johnson & Johnson, at one time the largest manufacturer of laparoscopic power morcellators, knew about the dangers before pulling them from the market in 2014.

Nationwide nursing shortage hits Illinois

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 27, 2015

Illinois is expected to face a shortage of registered nurses in the coming year, in large part because there are not enough younger nurses prepared to replace retiring baby boomers.

Telemed docs no more or less likely to prescribe antibiotics

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 27, 2015

Antibiotic prescriptions were as frequent among doctors providing care through a telemedicine appointment as physicians who saw patients face-to-face, a new study found. But the types of antibiotics prescribed via telemedicine could increase antimicrobial resistance.

Texas Health Resources finances continue to recover from Ebola impact

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 27, 2015

Texas Health Resources continued to demonstrate that it has fully recovered from last year's brush with the Ebola virus, which had only a fleeting impact on its financial performance. The system achieved a higher operating margin in the first quarter of this year as it saw more patients.

New Medicaid medical-loss ratio won't strip insurer profits

By Bob Herman  |  May 27, 2015

The federal government is loosely capping the profits of Medicaid managed-care insurers. But many large companies already live within the proposed ratio, raising questions about the regulation's influence.

New Medicaid rules put states in tough position

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 27, 2015

A slew of new quality standards outlined in the 653-page proposed CMS rules are meant to modernize Medicaid managed-care regulation and improve quality of care. But cash-strapped state agencies might not be able to manage the load, experts say.

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