Certificate of need laws were created to control costs, but ended up increasing costs while decreasing access to health services, writes Mark Flatten of the Goldwater Institute. The laws should be repealed in Iowa and the 37 other states that still have them, writes Flatten.
The Department of Human Services in Pennsylvania will require the state's eight pharmacy benefit managers to use a single preferred drug list starting Jan. 1. The department estimates the change will save the state's Medicaid program $85 million per year, but the Pennsylvania Coalition of Medical Assistance MCOs contends the move will increase the state's cost by $81 million.
A study presented at IDWeek 2019 suggested universal screening of newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus may be the best way to determine if the infection is the cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Researcher Alexandra Medoro of Nationwide Children's Hospital-The Ohio State University said the hospital's NICU has started testing all infants for CMV on admission and has seen benefits from knowing whether the infection was congenital or acquired.
Youths with congenital heart disease had an increased likelihood of developing autism spectrum disorder after accounting for maternal age, gestational diabetes, genetic syndrome, short gestation, birth asphyxia, low birth weight and newborn epilepsy, compared with those without CHD, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed higher ASD risk among those with atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects.
Researchers examined 43 children with high-risk neuroblastoma who underwent six rounds of chemotherapy combined with an antibody therapy similar to dinutuximab and found that 76% had some tumor regression after two rounds of treatment, while nearly 86% remained relapse-free after two years, compared with only 50% of those who didn't receive antibody therapy in a previous study. The findings were published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.
Children who reported being bullied by their siblings and peers at age 12 were twice as likely to develop clinical depression and suicide ideation at age 24, compared with those who weren't bullied, according to a UK study in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. The findings were based on Children of the 90s study data involving 3,881 youths.
A study of 1,375 patients with type 2 diabetes patients found that those who had higher A1C levels, were insulin users, took multiple medications, had to contribute a copay or had a lower socioeconomic status were less likely to attend a diabetes self-management education and support session. The authors of the research, reported in The Diabetes Educator, found that those 55 and older were more likely to attend the sessions, and they offered ideas for reducing barriers to diabetes education.
A study that included adults with normal kidney function suggested high fruit and vegetable intake may help reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease. The research, published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, evaluated the effects of fruit and vegetable intake on estimated glomerular filtration rates and proteinuria.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier says the pharmaceutical industry is "right in the crosshairs" as both Congress and candidates for president have plans to reduce drug prices while polling shows a significant percentage of the public views the industry negatively. Frazier says the pharmaceutical companies are under pressure due to increased competition and there are pricing pressures on the business model.
Cure Pharmaceutical has launched its CUREpods, a chewable drug delivery system. Cure also introduced CUREfilm and other nano- and microemulsions, which can be incorporated into different dosage forms.