Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association will be among the 10 cases the Supreme Court hears when the justices reconvene in October, but the court will not hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by Republicans.
The Antimicrobial Resistance Action Fund, which aims for development of two to four novel antibiotics by 2030, gained $1 billion in pledged support from a consortium of over 20 pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Merck. Most recently approved should be used only when "absolutely necessary," according to Greg Frank, executive director of Working to Fight AMR and head of Infectious Disease Policy at BIO.
Los Angeles-based Longwood Management and 27 affiliated skilled nursing facilities agreed to pay $16.7 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare. Authorities said Longwood forced therapists to reach targets set for the ultra-high reimbursement category and pushed them to provide unnecessary services when the targets weren't achieved.
Sarah Malstrom, a physician assistant from Pennsylvania, agreed to a $25,000 settlement to resolve allegations that she received kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company. Authorities said Malstrom deliberately received and solicited kickbacks, including food, gifts and gift cards, from Aqua Pharmaceuticals to persuade her to prescribe the company's dermatology drugs.
Georgia resident Christopher Dobbins, a former employee at a medical packaging company, entered a guilty plea to one charge of reckless damage to a protected computer for modifying and deleting his former employer's electronic shipping and business records. Authorities said Dobbins used a phony user account he created while still a worker with the company to change more than 115,000 records and delete over 2,300 records, which resulted in the disruption of the company's shipping processes and delayed the delivery of personal protective equipment to health care facilities.
The average daily COVID-19 death toll in the US is starting to pick up after declining for months as mortality rises in the South and West, where record numbers of cases and hospitalizations have been seen in recent weeks. The disease has already killed over 130,000 people in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and the seven-day rolling average for daily fatality reports is up from 578 two weeks ago to 664 on July 10.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill allocating a $3.2 billion budget for the FDA, sending the measure to the full House for consideration. The legislation includes a provision that would "give FDA legal authority to require the recall of unsafe prescription and over-the-counter drugs," the committee said.
Colorado is among the states cutting health care spending to address budget shortfalls related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. States such as Kansas and California have responded by delaying plans to expand their Medicaid programs.
A study that included 31 COVID-19-positive pregnant women who gave birth at one of three Italian hospitals found that two gave birth to infected infants, demonstrating the possibility of vertical transmission of COVID-19, though the researchers say more study is needed. The findings, presented at the International AIDS Conference, showed that placenta specimens were positive for the virus in both cases.
People with ulcerative colitis who followed a high-fiber, low-fat diet saw less inflammation and had improvement in the bacterial imbalance of the gastrointestinal tract, compared with those whose diet was high in fiber but also higher in fat, researchers reported in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The diet also is being tested in people who have Crohn's disease.