Hospitals are teaming with community-based behavioral health providers to hasten access to treatment for patients battling addiction.
Combating the opioid crisis and promoting greater generic drug competition are among a set of the FDA's top policy priorities for 2018 the agency released this week.
Detroit-based Tri-County Network would give kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries, physicians and patient recruiters to boost their referral network and then provide unnecessary prescriptions of oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids to addicted patients.
Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline.
A federal judge urged participants on all sides of lawsuits against drugmakers and distributors to work toward a common goal of reducing overdose deaths. He said the issue has come to courts because "other branches of government have punted" it.
A slew of cities and counties in Indiana have joined the growing ranks of municipalities and states that have sued the major drug distributors for allegedly overlooking suspicious opioid prescriptions and fueling the abuse epidemic.
Teed up on the Hill: Alex Azar before the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 9 as the Senate health committee resumes focus on the opioid epidemic.
Pharmacists in California say they don't often dispense naloxone because the public doesn't know about a law making the overdose reversal drug more accessible, and they fear they won't be adequately paid to administer it.
Among the sharpest GOP battle cries in 2017 on Capitol Hill was, "No bailouts for insurance companies." Yet the policy landscape is shaping up to do just that.
Talk about a New Year's hangover. Healthcare will dominate the news in 2018 as it has for much of the past decade. It's not shaping up as a good news story.
Provisions of the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act will tighten reporting requirements after Jan. 1 and restrict the prescribing of highly addictive painkillers such as oxycodone. It also aims to shut off the illegal flow of substances such as heroin and fentanyl.
For much of 2017, attention was on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. By the end of the year, though, industry trends pointed toward the market reshaping itself through mergers and new offerings.