Connecticut agency to play key role in Anthem-Cigna merger

By Associated Press  |  October 06, 2015

Connecticut's Department of Insurance is playing a major role in a deal that could create the nation's largest health insurer, leading a 26-state review of Anthem's proposed merger with Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna.

N.Y., federal authorities agree to joint insurer oversight

By Associated Press  |  October 06, 2015

New York's attorney general and the federal Employee Benefits Security Administration have agreed to share information and address violations of laws covering health insurance offered as worker benefits.

FDA says it's fighting drug shortages

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 06, 2015

The nation's top drug compliance official says the agency is combatting drug shortages that have plagued hospitals.

Blog: Assisted living eyed as gap in care coordination

By Melanie Evans  |  October 05, 2015

Medicare could reduce spending with better care coordination for seniors who are too healthy for nursing homes but too frail to live without some support, researchers write in the journal Health Affairs.

California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

By Associated Press  |  October 05, 2015

California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.

Health plan tiers raise drug costs for hepatitis patients

By Bob Herman  |  October 05, 2015

A new report says that health insurance companies discriminate against people with hepatitis B and C by charging high out-of-pocket costs for drugs, but the industry lobby has called the analysis “very one-sided” and limited in scope.

Trade deal disappoints drugmakers, consumer groups

Trade deal disappoints drugmakers, consumer groups

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 05, 2015

A trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries has left both the drug industry and consumer groups disappointed over the length of exclusivity protections for certain drugs.

Duodenoscope makers ordered to study device-cleaning processes

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 05, 2015

Federal regulators Monday ordered makers of some duodenoscopes to conduct post-market research on how disinfecting those devices works in medical settings. The move is in response to several recent outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections due to the scopes.

Three share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

By Associated Press  |  October 05, 2015

A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with American and Japanese researchers whose discoveries have raised hopes of eliminating other tropical diseases.

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