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10/17/2019

A 29-page final document issued by the FDA outlines options for Prescription Drug User Fee Act fee waivers, refunds and reductions, including information on deadlines for requests.

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Regulatory Focus
10/17/2019

An analysis from 46brooklyn Research found the median monthly launch price of a brand-name drug has jumped from $150 to $722, a 381% increase, since 2006, while the median monthly price for a new generic medicine soared from $100 to around $800, a more than 700% increase. The firm examined data from federal reports and Elsevier's Gold Standard Drug Database.

10/17/2019

None of the top 34 sweetened drinks marketed to children met the American Academy of Pediatrics' nutrition standards, according to a report from the University of Connecticut's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The authors found that two-thirds of the products had no fruit juice, many contained more than 50% of the maximum daily recommended amount of added sugars for children, and many were packaged in serving sizes that exceeded recommended quantities for young children.

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CNN, HealthDay News
10/17/2019

CVS Health and its private foundation will be awarding over $2.5 million in grants to Ohio organizations over the next three years to help the state build healthier communities by improving health care access, preventing opioid abuse and promoting tobacco-free living. Of the total amount, $1.5 million will be donated to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics to improve access to care for over 52,000 underserved residents each year.

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HIT Consultant
10/17/2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats intend to use the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on legislation that would overturn a Trump administration guidance that permits states to allow sale of health plans that skirt some Affordable Care Act requirements.

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The Hill
10/17/2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill reauthorizing the state's dental board and requiring teledentistry and online orthodontic care providers to obtain written or verbal permission to use telehealth, identify the dentist providing treatment and review the patient's dental X-rays before rendering services.

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mHealth Intelligence
10/17/2019

A high number of adults and children in South Dakota have chronic, severe dental problems due to high poverty levels, the state's rural geography and a lack of access to dental care. Efforts to get at least annual dental care to more people have had some success, including through mobile clinics, and emergency department visits for dental problems have declined, but affordability remains a barrier.

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South Dakota
10/17/2019

State-of-the-art technology is revolutionizing dental care, replacing foul-tasting dental putty with digital scanners, lasers that eliminate anesthetic injections, and smart toothbrushes with connected apps. Dental schools are overhauling curricula to train dentists to use new technology, and tech entrepreneurs now see dentistry as trendy.

10/17/2019

An umbrella review of systematic reviews published between 1995 and 2017 found that periodontitis is the dental disease most frequently associated with chronic health conditions -- especially type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease -- and the chronic systemic disease most frequently correlated with a dental condition is type 2 diabetes. However, evidence for causal relationships is lacking, and future studies should focus on causality.

10/17/2019

A case study suggests the prevalence of small-colony variants of Staphylococcus aureus in the oral cavity of denture wearers might be underestimated. S. aureus was identified along with Candida albicans in the mouth of a patient with denture stomatitis, but the role of S. aureus SCVs in the pathogenesis of oral diseases is not known.

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BioMed Central
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denture stomatitis