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AstraZeneca sues FDA to avoid generic competition for cholesterol drug

AstraZeneca sues FDA to avoid generic competition for cholesterol drug

AstraZeneca has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to block approval of generics for its best-selling cholesterol pill Crestor. The cholesterol-lowering pill is AstraZeneca's best-selling drug, accounting for $5 billion of its $23 billion in product sales.

New program certifies healthcare providers as IT experts

Osteopathic physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and others working in medical informatics are closer to obtaining certification as informatics experts, a role that's become increasingly important as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement is more closely tied to data and metrics.

McKesson plans to divest tech business

McKesson plans to divest tech business

After a tough year of losses and cost-cutting, McKesson Corp. is looking to divest its technology business in a joint venture with Change Healthcare Holdings.

MedAssets-Precyse gets new name: nThrive

A year ago, Pamplona Capital Management acquired MedAssets for $2.7 billion, immediately selling off its GPO and performance-improvement businesses and merging its revenue-cycle management business with Precyse, its own brand. A new identity for the combined company was announced Sunday.

Beyond the EHR money pit

Beyond the EHR money pit

Demands for constant upgrades to already-installed electronic health record systems are slowing investment in other important digital technologies like telehealth, remote patient monitoring and online billing.

EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

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