A study published in Circulation found that two daily servings of fruits and three daily servings of vegetables could reduce mortality risk and the risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory illness. However, researcher Dong Wang said that the study showed "not all fruits and vegetables offer the same degree of benefit, even though current dietary recommendations generally treat all types of fruits and vegetables -- including starchy vegetables, fruit juices and potatoes -- the same."
A study published in JAMA Network Open found the Medicare Part D program could save almost $1 billion per year if generic drugs were consistently prescribed by clinicians instead of brand-name medications. The findings, based on Part D claims data from 2017, suggest the program could save an additional $700 million annually if Medicare recipients asked for lower-cost generic medicines instead of branded drugs.
US health officials warn the country could see another surge in COVID-19 cases after Mississippi, Texas and other states said they will be easing pandemic-related restrictions by lifting mask mandates and allowing full capacity at all businesses. Zeke Emanuel, who was a member of the administration's Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, said states should wait another two to three months before relaxing public health measures as the country is still recording an average of 2,000 COVID-19 fatalities per day.
Health care workers, patients and facilities around the world experienced more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence last year, according to a report from the University of California at Berkeley's Human Rights Center and Geneva-based Insecurity Insight. About 400 of the incidents appeared to be linked to the pandemic, many motivated by fear or frustration over the death of loved ones and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.
A study published in Radiology found that women who did not skip their two routine mammography exams before they were diagnosed with breast cancer were 50% less likely to die of the condition within 10 years than women who avoided the screenings. The findings, based on data from over 540,000 women in Sweden, showed the odds of dying from breast cancer were around 30% lower for women who skipped one of their last two mammography exams.
Employees concerned about whether their retirement benefits will last long enough can consider options like a lifetime income annuity, which converts a portion of retirement savings into a regular source of income. "Eighty percent of employees who have guaranteed lifetime income in retirement -- like an in-plan annuity -- say they feel confident in their progress toward their long-term savings goals, compared to 45% of those who do not have a source of guaranteed lifetime income," writes Amanda Schiavo, citing a TIAA Retirement Insights survey.
Robert Hicks writes that a recent global survey of HR leaders showed employees want benefits that are relevant to their changing needs, not just perks like parties and giveaways. "Employees need holistic and well-rounded well-being support now more than ever, and HR teams must respond to these needs, whether in the form of physical and mental wellness resources, social justice initiatives or opportunities for human connection," Hicks writes.
Congress and the Biden administration can help PBMs do even more to make prescription drugs affordable by working on policy solutions recently offered by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association. The solutions include repealing the Medicare Part D rebate rule, outlawing anticompetitive patent settlement deals, closing loopholes that allow abuse of orphan drug exclusivity and adopting other policy suggestions, writes PCMA President and CEO JC Scott.
The NIH suspended recruitment in a study of convalescent plasma in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 after an independent data and safety monitoring board found little benefit.
The drug industry is warning of shortages and delays if the FDA does not work quickly to clear a backlog of pharmaceutical plant inspections. The FDA has completed significantly fewer than average drug and biologic product facility inspections since last March, and is considering using video and other methods for virtual inspections.
- Page 1