Medical devices and equipmentBad hombres, Russian hackers and … a medical device tax? | Kaiser Health News
In an election season in which the presidential campaign issues have ranged from “hot mics” to emails, some down-ballot campaign ads highlight a wonky, far less racy topic: a tax on medical devices. Really? Why? The tax taps into voters' feelings about placing such levies on businesses and into opinions about the Affordable Care Act's future.
PharmaceuticalsValeant exploring sale of eye-surgery equipment business | The Wall Street Journal
Valeant Pharmaceuticals is exploring a sale of its eye-surgery equipment business as part of a sweeping effort to unload assets and pare debt. The eye-surgery business, which Valeant acquired with its purchase of Bausch & Lomb just three years ago, could fetch as much as $2.5 billion in a sale, according to people familiar with the matter.
In his latest attack on the pharmaceutical industry, Sen. Bernie Sanders has asked the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate three insulin makers for price collusion.
PhysiciansMedical interns could work longer without a break under new rule | NPR
For years, medical interns have been limited to working no more than 16 hours without a break to minimize the chances they would make mistakes while fatigued. But that restriction could soon be eased.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceGoing to the emergency room without leaving the living room | The New York Times
Community paramedic practices are multiplying across the country. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians knows of 260 services. Differing state regulations mean that these efforts take many forms. In Fort Worth, Medstar Mobile makes mostly scheduled visits, not emergency calls; its paramedics (called mobile health care providers) more often help patients learn to manage their chronic illnesses.