Most school nurses responding to a survey said staff at their school were trained to handle student food allergy reactions and an emergency epinephrine auto-injector was available, researchers reported in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The least-implemented food allergy policies included labeling lunch foods with allergen information, having policies for after-school activities, and ensuring emergency epinephrine is available on field trips or activities outside of the school building.
The proposed omnibus spending bill does not include language sought by drugmakers to roll back a policy requiring drugmakers to pay for 70% of prescription costs for seniors in the Medicare Part D coverage gap. The bill also omits requirements sought by makers of branded biologic drugs on reimbursement of biosimilar drugs.
The proposed omnibus spending bill would allow for five years of pass-through status for drugs that lost pass-through status at the end of 2017 and for which payment was included in bundled services under Medicare policies beginning Jan. 1.
California has given a cease-and-desist order to Pharmedium Services, a compounding pharmacy owned by AmerisourceBergen, after inspectors noted more than a dozen violations of federal law.
The percentage of adults in the US who visited a dentist at least once declined from 62% in 2016 to 58% last year, despite 42% of survey respondents saying they would like to receive more frequent dental care. Only 15% of the respondents to the Delta Dental survey said their oral health is excellent, and 85% said oral health care is extremely or very important to overall health.
Maryland's House of Delegates is considering a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate that would set up a pilot program extending Medicaid coverage for some dental care to adults. If the bill is approved, the state Health Department will determine the program's scope.
Missouri recently restored adult dental coverage to the state's Medicaid program, and Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Executive Director Gary Harbison says emergency department demand has since eased.
Dental implants are generally longer lasting than dentures or bridges and can prevent bone deterioration, leading more dentists to recommend implants for suitable patients. Implants are more expensive than the alternatives, and although most dental plans do not cover implants, some cover the cost of associated crowns, and some dentists offer discounts or installment payments.
Students at 12 schools in New York's Jefferson and Lewis counties will have access to in-school dental care through a partnership with North Country Family Health Center funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield. Twice-annual checkups and cleanings as well as sealants will be provided for free.
Mouthrinses containing essential oils controlled plaque, gingivitis and gingival bleeding when added to twice-daily brushing better than brushing alone, regardless of whether the mouthrinse contained alcohol, in a six-month study.