Applying discounts and rebates at the point of sale in Medicare Part D would result in higher insurance premiums for beneficiaries while boosting drugmakers' profits, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association said in response to a proposed CMS rule. Such a requirement "would create a windfall for drugmakers, who would pay up to $29 billion less in donut-hole discounts," the group said.
With no prior announcement, the FDA started appending meaningless, four-letter suffixes to newly approved biologics' nonproprietary names last week. Adding the suffixes represents an expansion of the FDA's practice of using them for the nonproprietary names of biosimilars.
Roche is counting on strong sales of multiple sclerosis drug Ocrevus, immunotherapy Tecentriq and hemophilia drug Hemlibra to offset losses on Avastin, Herceptin and Rituxan due to patent expirations.
Social workers may need to expand their advocacy efforts to include environmental justice as the effects of climate change prompt and exacerbate both diseases and mental trauma. "Many cities and states are leading the way with climate mitigation, and social workers can look to these innovators and translate their work to their own communities," says social work professor Lisa Reyes Mason.
The Iowa Department of Human Services is updating its policies and training procedures after two cases involving the deaths of teens adopted out of foster care.
The state's social worker 3s and 2s, which handle DHS child abuse cases, are estimated to have double the caseload recommended by the Child Welfare League of America.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is not just a combat disorder and can affect people in other stressful situations, such as social workers assigned to foster care cases. Other factors can include experiencing abuse or sexual assault, surviving an accident or disaster, or witnessing death.
King County, Wash., is transferring oversight of youth detention to Public Health -- Seattle & King County as part of an effort to cut back on youth detention. "We know from research that youth trauma can have a collective impact ... We also know that there are ways to rewrite that script if we provide the right support for youth at the right time," says Patty Hayes, director of Public Health -- Seattle & King County.
Researchers examined 2012 to 2015 routine lab screening data involving 1,977 youths entering foster care ages 21 and younger in Ohio and found that fewer than 1% had hepatitis B or C, tuberculosis, or syphilis and there were no new HIV cases, while Medicaid laboratory costs totaled $370,214, 94% of which were tied to negative or normal results. The findings in Pediatrics suggest that targeted lab screenings, based on other risk factors and local prevalence rates, may be more clinically beneficial and cost-effective for children entering foster care, researchers said.
Adults whose mothers were affected by the 1944 to 1945 famine in the Netherlands during pregnancy had significantly poorer mental health, compared with those whose mothers were pregnant before and after the famine, researchers reported in the journal Aging and Mental Health. The findings also showed that women's mental health was more affected by prenatal famine exposure than men's.
A study in Pediatrics found that newborns who received combination analgesics during circumcision had significantly reduced pain, with those who received a ring block in addition to local anesthetic or EMLA cream and oral sucrose experiencing the least pain, compared with those who received EMLA cream alone.