Premier posts strong gains in technology segment

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 08, 2016

Premier reported a jump in profits attributed to growth in its group purchasing business and even stronger growth in sales of its performance improvement software and services.

Obama seeks $1 billion to combat opioid abuse

By Shannon Muchmore  |  February 08, 2016

The fiscal 2017 budget includes a request for $1.1 billion to increase access to medication-assisted treatment options. The bulk of the money would fund state programs in an effort to make treatment more available and easier to afford.

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

By Associated Press  |  February 08, 2016

Sen. Ron Wyden says he has "a number of concerns" about how panelists were selected and screened for an advisory panel on pain issues that includes government experts, outside academics and patient advocates.

Deaths of newborn heart surgery patients at Philadelphia hospital raise red flags

By Michael Sandler  |  February 08, 2016

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children stopped performing non-emergency heart surgery pending internal review. The hospital did not reveal the reason behind the move, only saying it is making progress in increasing volumes and improving performance, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Blog: Opioid abuse in 1960s pales compared to today's overdose epidemic

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  February 08, 2016

Opioid drug abuse is reaching epidemic proportions, with thousands of deaths each year along with many more lives and families ruined—just ask any healthcare expert, public health researcher, politician or law enforcement official.

News from other sources ...

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 08, 2016

Today's roundup of pharmaceutical and clinical practice news includes plans by the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying group to launch a major social media ad campaign aimed at lawmakers, reports that the efficacy of booster shots for pertussis wanes after just a year, differences in rates of PSA...

Sparton Corp. CEO departs after activist shareholder complaints

Sparton Corp. CEO departs after activist shareholder complaints

By Steven Strahler, Crain's Chicago Business  |  February 08, 2016

On a Sparton Corp. earnings call last week, CEO Cary Wood got an earful from shareholders of the defense supplier and medical industry manufacturer. Its stock had soared 20-fold after a controversial headquarters move to suburban Chicago. But since last fall, shares have plunged by half on...

Manufacturing firms fighting rising healthcare costs

By Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  February 08, 2016

The most recent outlook survey from the National Association of Manufacturers listed rising healthcare-related costs as the second-largest “primary” business challenge, behind only unfavorable business conditions. But Cleveland-area companies say offering health insurance and other...

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