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6/17/2019

Electronic medical record software company Allscripts has acquired ZappRx, a startup focused on improving access to specialty medications.

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CNBC
6/14/2019

EpiPens and other epinephrine autoinjectors might continue to work months after their labeled expiration date, researchers report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, and the finding could save patients money. Autoinjectors contained 100% of the original dose six months after expiration and 95% of the original dose one year after expiration.

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Reuters
6/14/2019

The Trump administration issued a final rule allowing employees to use tax-free health reimbursement arrangements to purchase health insurance coverage in the individual market with certain limitations starting next year. The rule, issued Thursday, will also permit employers that offer health insurance coverage to provide a special HRA funded at up to $1,800 per year to reimburse employees for short-term health plans, which do not comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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6/14/2019

Researchers evaluated 2008 to 2017 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that the prevalence of meeting physical activity guidelines rose from 19.4% to 25.3% among adults in urban areas and from 13.3% to 19.6% among those in rural areas. The findings in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed a higher prevalence among urban residents in all demographic regions and subgroups from 2016 to 2017 compared with 2008 to 2009.

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CDC
6/14/2019

Amgen's Kanjinti, or trastuzumab-anns, a biosimilar version of Roche's Herceptin, or trastuzumab, has been approved by the FDA. The drug is indicated for the treatment of patients with HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma.

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6/14/2019

The CMS approved Washington's plan to implement a subscription model with makers of expensive hepatitis C drugs for its Medicaid program. Under the model, the state would pay a fixed annual amount to a drugmaker in exchange for unlimited supply of hepatitis C medications

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CMS
6/14/2019

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., introduced legislation that would require health insurance providers to pay for FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control with no cost-sharing.

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National Review
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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Mass.
6/14/2019

Youths who received complete rotavirus vaccination were 33% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who weren't vaccinated, and there was an even lower risk among those who were given all three doses of the pentavalent vaccine, compared with those who received only two monovalent vaccine doses, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Researchers also found 94% and 31% lower rates of rotavirus infection-related and any hospitalizations, respectively, among vaccinated children during the first two months post-vaccination, compared with those who weren't vaccinated.

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Rotavirus
6/14/2019

A person needs to spend just two hours a week outdoors to see mental and physical health benefits, a study published in Scientific Reports suggests. "You can spread it over the course of a week or seem to get it in a single dose, it doesn't really matter," said study author Mathew White.

6/14/2019

Cleveland's University Hospitals helped develop the nearby Dave's Market & Eatery, creating a community space where its dietitians and chefs host cooking classes to teach people to make healthful food choices. "It really is building community and social support around healthy eating and around lifestyle changes," said Lora Silver, an UH community outreach dietitian.