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What to know about fatal asthma after death of 13-year-old Laurel Griggs

“Broadway fans were devastated to learn that 13-year-old stage actress Laurel Griggs died last week from an asthma attack” reports nypost.com. Patients who have experienced a “severe exacerbation,” such as an attack that called for a trip to the ER or hospital stay, may be at greater risk of experiencing a fatal asthma attack.Griggs’ family was aware of her chronic condition, and she had reportedly been prescribed medications to treat the illness. Source: nypost.com

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After kidney transplant, Ann Arbor immigrant loses insurance while awaiting status decision

“He has since received a transplant and relies on 11 medications, but on Sept. 1, his Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance policy was terminated because of his immigration status, Thomson said” writes Dafana Mlive Com for mlive.com. The care he is seeking is not covered by Mexico’s universal health insurance system, Seguro Popular, and the medications would cost more than an average monthly salary there, Thomson said. Source: mlive.com

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Drug-price-comparison site GoodRx has quietly started listing startups that prescribe and ship pills alongside CVS and Walmart

“Displayed alongside retail pharmacy prices, GoodRx users might see “mail order” options” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. Three years ago, it started reaching out to some of the startups that are prescribing medications online to see if they could work together.In 2018, Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack, cementing itself in the market.GoodRx, one of the oldest websites that lets people compare prices for prescription drugs, is adding in online upstarts to its list of prices.GoodRx CEO Doug Hirsch told Business Insider that the reason it added online options is to…

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Why many women struggle to pay for their medications

“The HealthyWomen survey found that 39% of women with chronic health conditions said their medication coverage deteriorated last year, requiring 45% to change from their originally prescribed medications” writes Rebecca Theim for marketwatch.com. The survey found that 25% of women with a chronic health condition have been subjected to stepping.Moorman’s experience is mirrored in the findings of WomenTALK 2018, a national survey conducted by HealthyWomen, an independent, nonprofit health information organization. Source: marketwatch.com

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House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing

“The House Oversight committee has a track record of investigating issues of national significance under leadership from both parties” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced a sweeping investigation Monday of the pharmaceutical industry’s pricing practices, jockeying for the upper hand with the Trump administration on an issue that concerns Americans across the political spectrum.Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said he wants to find out why prices have increased so dramatically for some existing medications, as well as how drug companies determine the prices of newly…

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How Geisinger Health System Reduced Opioid Prescriptions

“Pain medications are frequently not completely used and are the most common type of drug to result in leftovers” reports hbr.org. Among patients with chronic non-cancer pain, we’ve seen reduced health care utilization, including fewer emergency department visits.Now deployed in 15 primary care and specialty sites across Geisinger, these pharmacists actively manage pain medications for over 1,500 patients.  We encourage every health system to adopt these and other best practice strategies while sharing new approaches to combatting the opioid epidemic. Source: hbr.org

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Clear vision of dealing with situation is a must, head of General Division of Drug Traders at CCC stated

“Unfortunately, the government does not a clear vision with specific procedures to enhance the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt, and therefore the pharmaceutical export sector is suffering” writes Daily News Egypt for dailynewsegypt.com. “In general, the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt is experiencing the most difficult time since the implementation of the floating of the Egyptian pound two years ago,” Ali Auf, head of General Division of Drug Traders at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce (CCC) stated to Daily News Egypt. This reflects the government’s poor communication and dealing of the sector’s…

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A judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop giving detained migrant children mind-altering drugs. Here’s what they do.

“The practice of giving psychotropic, or mind-altering, medications to migrant children was first revealed in an investigation by journalist Aura Bogado from the Center for Investigative Reporting” writes Erin Brodwin for businessinsider.com. Most of the medications that were given to migrant children, according to the filings, are commonly used to treat mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Source: businessinsider.com

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Pharma giant Merck just lowered the prices of some of its medications

“We believe that further changes are still necessary to help reduce patient out-of-pocket costs,” Merck said in a statement” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. Amid scrutiny over big pharma drug pricing, Merck said on Thursday it would lower the price of some of its medications.We believe that further changes are still necessary to help reduce patient out-of-pocket costs.We are also lowering our price on ZEPATIER by 60 percent and several other medicines by 10 percent to reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients across the country. Going forward, we will continue to…

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