Drug pricing regulator NPPA fixes retail prices of 84 drug formulations

Similarly, the price of Paracetamol and Caffeine has been fixed at Rs 2.88 per tablet. Besides, the price of one Rosuvastatin Aspirin and Clopidogrel capsule has been fixed at Rs 13.91.In a separate notification, NPPA said it has extended the revised ceiling price of liquid medical oxygen and oxygen inhalation (medicinal gas) till September 30 […] →Read more

Application of RSD Charts for Content Uniformity Data in Continued Process Verification

This article is focused on introducing a control chart technique using relative standard deviation (RSD) statistics (i.e., RSD chart); in other words, a coefficient of variation chart for continued process verification. →Read more

Advancing Accessibility through Point-of-Use Manufacturing

Point-of-use manufacturing may lead to a big change in the accessibility of medicines globally. →Read more

Innovations in Single-Cell Proteomics Drive Advances in Disease Research

Single-cell analytical technologies can deepen the understanding of cell biology and, therefore, disease mechanisms. →Read more

Automating Biopharma Manufacturing

Automation and digitalization work together in the digital plant. →Read more

Material Management and the Impact on Extractables and Leachables

By understanding potential material change, the impact on patient safety can be understood and mitigated. →Read more

Questified Frozen Hot Chocolate

Is it frozen or is it hot? Is it hot or is it frozen? These are the questions raised by the existence of Quest Frozen Hot Chocolate. But since it’s made with Quest Peanut Butter Cups, you can be sure that whichever may be the case this recipe will yield […] The post Questified Frozen […] →Read more

Questified Lemon Cake Waffles

Sure, it’s hard to improve on a classic, but the megaminds in the Quest Test Kitchen thought they’d give it a try. Behold: Questified Lemon Cake Waffles! Their efforts were not in vain. We prefer our waffles at breakfast, but that shouldn’t stop you from making great use of a […] The post Questified Lemon […] →Read more

Questified Flag Mini Pizzas

We don’t know about you, but we can’t think of anything more patriotic than merging Old Glory with Questified cuisine. Since we can’t get enough of flags and Quest Pizza, this is shaping up to be a very memorable Fourth, courtesy of the Quest Test Kitchen. These Quest Flag Mini […] The post Questified Flag […] →Read more

Questified Mini Corn Dogs

Corn dogs, anyone? That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because who – given the opportunity – would pass up a corn dog? And in this case – Questified Mini Corn Dogs – showcasing delicious and versatile Quest Ranch Tortilla Chips. We’re beginning to think there’s nothing that can’t be done […] The post Questified Mini […] →Read more

10-year-old girl denied abortion in Ohio

A 10-year-old girl was denied an abortion in Ohio after the Supreme Court ruled last week that it was overturning Roe v. Wade, demonstrating the tangible impacts that the high court’s decision is having on patients seeking access to the medical procedure. A child abuse doctor in Ohio contacted Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist in […] →Read more

Aseptic Tubing Connector

The AseptiQuik G DC connector is a single, sterile connection technology that can connect and disconnect tubing aseptically. →Read more

Radiochemical Fume Hood

The ROSS Mixing/Melting and Holding Tank System can generate up to 10 psig internal pressure to produce potent and reactive materials. →Read more

Robotic Injectable Drug Processor

Steriline’s Robotic Nest Filling Machine is designed to minimize human intervention in aseptic processing of injectable drugs. →Read more

Fully Enclosed Mixing/Melting System

The ROSS Mixing/Melting and Holding Tank System can generate up to 10 psig internal pressure to produce potent and reactive materials. →Read more

Listen: Julie Rovner Rehashes the ‘Roe’ Decision

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on NPR/WAMU’s “1A” on June 24. She also discussed the impact of the ruling in the Carolinas on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks With Mike Collins” on June 27, and joined WBUR/NPR’s “Here & Now” on June 29 to discuss the […] →Read more

Despite Growing Prevalence of At-Home Virtual Care, Barriers to Adoption Remain

Despite the growing popularity of remote patient monitoring (RPM) and home-based care delivery, the barriers that prevent widespread adoption of these solutions still remain. No one understands this better than Current Health, a company that has made enabling health care in the home its key area of focus. “I think that there are two major […] →Read more

Effect of pharmaceutical innovation on longevity

Using data from 2006-2018 across 26 high-income countries, Lichtenberg et al. (2022) measures the relationship between pharmaceutical innovation and longevity. Innovation is measured by “mean vintage…of the drugs used to treat each disease in each country” where vintage is defined as the year of worldwide launch. For the U.S., the authors found that: …the diseases […] →Read more

More Americans Are Dying of Drug Overdoses Than Ever Before

Why haven’t we solved the addiction crisis? →Read more

Health Care — Biden steps further into abortion battle

He may not be 2000 years old, but a happy belated birthday to Mel Brooks, who turned 96 yesterday— and doesn’t feel a day over 95. Today in health care, President Biden is stepping up his response to Roe v. Wade’s overturning — but still faces some major obstacles. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re […] →Read more

Vladimir Zelenko, 48, Dies; Promoted an Unfounded Covid Treatment

A self-described “simple country doctor,” he won national attention in 2020 when the White House embraced his hydroxychloroquine regimen. →Read more

Aetna drops prior authorization for most cataract surgeries

The insurer’s Medicare Advantage members in Florida and Georgia still must seek pre-approvals for the procedure. →Read more

Novartis pays $100M to get Mallinckrodt’s ticket for a speedier FDA drug review

Novartis is acquiring an FDA priority review voucher from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. The $100 million price tag is in the neighborhood of the going rate for these vouchers, which grant a company a shorter regulatory review timeline for a drug that addresses a rare or neglected disease. →Read more

Walgreens Boots Alliance Remains Focused On Home, But Faces Near-Term Drags

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) remains committed to its growth strategy, one that includes the continued incorporation of home-based care. The company is focused particularly on tech enablement, an area where it hopes to make an acquisition this year, Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer said during an earnings call Thursday.. However, one plan for accessing more […] →Read more

CMS proposes CoP for new rural emergency hospital model

Rural Emergency Hospitals would need to meet criteria including average lengths of stay of 24 hours or shorter. →Read more

Finding a Path Forward from Log4j in Healthcare

As 2021 came to an end, breaking news rocketed through the cybersecurity community: Researchers had discovered a serious security vulnerability in the widely used Apache Log4j utility that posed a significant risk to enterprise security. Activity over the next couple of weeks followed what has become a familiar script for security professionals. Teams rushed to […] →Read more

How much health insurers pay for almost everything is about to go public

The federally required data release could affect future prices or even how employers contract for healthcare. →Read more

NTAGI could decide on mRNA vaccine’s inclusion in national drive next week

India’s drug regulator approved Gennova’s mRNA vaccine for restricted use in emergency situations in adults early this week. →Read more

Abortion providers challenge bans in Oklahoma

Abortion providers in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s two abortion bans on Friday, just a week after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion. The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma Supreme Court to strike down two bans: one that was enacted in 1910 and revived when the Supreme Court overturned Roe […] →Read more

Encompass Health spins off Enhabit Home Health and Hospice

The company expects Enhabit to earn $1.08 billion to $1.12 billion this year. →Read more

What Is Delta-8, and Why Is It So Popular?

This popular cannabis product claims to be milder than regular marijuana. But is it legal? And is it safe? →Read more

What Is Delta-8, and Why Is It So Popular?

This popular cannabis product claims to be milder than regular marijuana. But is it legal? And is it safe? →Read more

An organ for every eligible transplant recipient may be within our grasp

Unprecedented things are happening in the field of organ donation and transplantation, driven by research breakthroughs, collaboration and innovation. →Read more

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

An overview of abortion legislation and the expected impact of the court’s decision in every state. →Read more

CMS taking steps toward nursing home minimum staffing requirement

Nursing home advocates question implementing stricter rules when staffing remains a challenge in facilities. →Read more

As M&A costs rise, new Accenture report offers alternative strategies

Rising deal premiums and shrinking profit margins are threatening the sustainability of the traditional approach to mergers and acqusitions, according to a report by Accenture. The firm expects growth-minded companies will turn to other pathways. →Read more

New tech shouldn’t stress out providers or staff, hospital CIOs say

As the healthcare industry’s shift to digital charges ahead, hospital systems want to ensure the transition doesn’t overburden their already stressed-out workforces, several health IT leaders told Becker’s. →Read more

##HealthTechDeals Episode 38: Picnic, Swing Therapeutics, Socially Determined, Nomad & Tomorrow

Jess DaMassa packs in 3 headlines before the intro! There’s a SPAC, the Roe abortion decision & more Cerebral drama. We discusses them all and still find 2 minutes to tell all about Picnic Health ($60m), Swing Therapeutics ($10.3m), Socially Determined ($26m), Nomad Health ($105) & Tomorrow Health ($60m) –Matthew Holt →Read more

Temple names Dr. Chaudron Carter Short to dual academic, health system nursing roles

Temple Health has appointed Chaudron Carter Short, PhD, EdD, RN, senior vice president and associate chief nursing officer, the health system said July 1. →Read more

Nearly half of providers are behind on revenue goals amid RCM department labor shortages, report shows

Nearly half of health systems and physician groups in the U.S. are behind on their 2022 revenue goals, and healthcare executives are worried about increasing costs, shrinking margins and the impending recession, according to a new report. It also found that most healthcare organizations’ revenue cycle or billing departments are struggling with labor shortages, leading […] →Read more

Bates County Memorial selects Jennifer Klinsick as chief nursing officer

Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Mo., has selected Jennifer Klinksick, RN, as its new chief nursing officer, 921 News reported June 30.  →Read more

Top 100 hospitals for 2022 named by Fortune/Merative

Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health, on June 30 released its 2022 rankings of the top hospitals and health systems in the U.S., in partnership with Fortune. →Read more

MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena taps Mike Erickson as new president

Mike Erickson was named the new regional president of MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. He is replacing Chuck Sherwin, who has transitioned to be president of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland.  →Read more

FDA plans to allow pig organ transplants in clinical trials

The FDA is planning to allow clinical trials involving the transplantation of pig organs, The Wall Street Journal reported June 30. It’s unclear when such trials could begin, according to a person familiar with the matter.  →Read more

Cómo evitar, o deshacerse, de una deuda médica

Lori Mangum tenía 32 años cuando aparecieron tumores del tamaño de manzanas en su cabeza. Ahora, seis años y 10 cirugías después, el cáncer de piel desapareció. Pero su dolor sigue vivo, en la forma de una deuda médica. Incluso con seguro, Mangum pagó $36,000 de su bolsillo, cargos que surgieron del hospital, el cirujano, […] →Read more

Josh Repac named new CFO for Meritus Health

Josh Repac, former vice president of revenue cycle and clinical support services for Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health, has been named the new CFO of the hospital.  →Read more

NYC to skirt pharmacies, hand out Paxlovid prescriptions at mobile test-to-treat sites

By the end of the summer, New York City will bypass pharmacies and directly offer the antiviral drug Paxlovid at mobile test-to-treat sites, Bloomberg reported June 30.  →Read more

Patient Labeling Resources

Patient Labeling Resources →Read more

Financing With Denefits

The burden of medical debt in the US is substantially large. According to a survey conducted in 2020, Americans collectively owed $195 billion in medical debt in 2019. Due to the large amounts owed, most people avoid visiting healthcare facilities. With Denefits, your patients can easily keep up with their payments while still feeling financially […] →Read more

Michigan health system changes name

Iron Mountain, Mich.-based Dickinson County Healthcare System has unveiled a new brand identity June 30.  →Read more

Some medical debt is being removed from U.S. credit reports

Three major U.S. credit reporting companies will stop counting paid medical debt on the reports that banks, potential landlords and others use to judge creditworthiness. →Read more

Florida nursing home chain to pay $1.75M to settle COVID-19 vaccine false claim allegations 

West Palm Beach, Fla.-based MorseLife Nursing Home Health System agreed to pay $1.75 million June 30 to settle claims that they vaccinated hundreds of ineligible people for COVID-19 at a clinic as part of the CDC’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. →Read more

5 recent cancer center donations

Here are five recent cancer center donations Becker’s has covered since April 20:  →Read more

Why health systems are choosing Amazon as their cloud provider

As health systems look to improve operational and clinical efficiencies by creating shared infrastructures, Amazon Web Services’ cloud is becoming increasingly popular.  →Read more

Don’t Worry, It’s Not COVID

The maskless man a few rows back was coughing his head off. I had just boarded the train from D.C. to New York City a couple of weeks ago and, along with several other passengers, was craning my neck to get a look at what was going on. This was not the reedy dregs of […] →Read more

Cigna sells international assets to Chubb for $5B

The insurer dealt its life, accident and supplemental operations in the Asia-Pacific region as it focuses on the health business. →Read more

Francisco Partners completes acquisition of IBM Watson Health’s data, assets

Investment firm Francisco Partners has completed its acquisition of healthcare data and analytics assets that were part of IBM’s Watson Health.  →Read more

26 recent hospital, health system executive moves

The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported by Becker’s Hospital Review since June 27:  →Read more

Hacker group claims it breached a Missouri hospital system

A cybercriminal group is taking responsibility for an alleged ransomware attack on a Missouri hospital system, legal news website JDSupra reported June 30.  →Read more

Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data through March 2022. After declines in enrollment from 2017 through 2019, preliminary data for March 2022 show that total Medicaid/CHIP enrollment grew to 87.9 million, an increase of 16.7 million from enrollment in February 2020 (23.4%), right before the pandemic and when […] →Read more

Medical Debt Solutions Must Address Both Patient and Provider Needs

The changes to medical debt reporting announced by three of the leading credit bureaus back in March are set to take effect July 1. These changes underscore the seriousness of medical debt in America and the need to work toward common-sense solutions that help consumers while also supporting the provider community. →Read more

11 women making moves in healthcare 

The following executive moves made by women have been reported by or shared with Becker’s since June 24. →Read more

Ripples from Roe v. Wade decision: 5 updates on access to emergency contraceptives, abortion pills

A week after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion, pharmacy chains limited purchases to emergency contraceptives and companies selling abortion pills noted a surge in demand.  →Read more

Baton Rouge General EHR disrupted by cyberattack

Baton Rouge (La.) General Medical Center had to switch to paper record-keeping after a cyberattack brought its EHR system offline June 28, WAFB reported. →Read more

13 times Oracle Cerner was in the news lately

The big news for Cerner in the last month was its acquisition by tech company Oracle for $28.4 billion June 8. But the EHR vendor has otherwise been busy. →Read more

Digital is the new enabler in healthcare, leader says

A vice president goes in-depth about digital transformation in healthcare. Robbie Freeman, MSN, RN, serves as the system vice president of clinical innovation and chief nursing informatics officer at New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System.Mr. Freeman will serve on the panel “Elevating CNIOs for Better Patient Care” at Becker’s 7th Annual Health IT + Digital […] →Read more

‘There are billions of dollars being wasted’: What CIOs think of digital health startups

Digital health startups have raised billions of dollars over the last two years as telemedicine, virtual care and digital capabilities were thrust into the forefront of healthcare during the pandemic. But not every startup adds value. →Read more

CHS hospital in Indiana gets new CEO

Clyde Wood has been named CEO of Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., effective July 25. The 396-bed hospital is part of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.  →Read more

Detroit hospital housekeepers fired for blowing whistle on unsanitary conditions, lawsuit says

Two women contracted as housekeepers at Detroit’s Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women’s Hospital filed a lawsuit June 30, claiming they were fired in retaliation for reporting concerns about what they described as dirty operating rooms and other unsanitary conditions, according to court documents obtained by Becker’s. →Read more

SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to health worker vaccine mandate

Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito dissented in the court’s decision regarding the New York lawsuit. →Read more

MCG Health faces lawsuit after data breach affecting patients at 8 hospitals

A lawsuit was filed against clinical guidance software vendor MCG Health over a March data breach that has affected at least eight healthcare organizations.  →Read more

Steward hospital in Ohio names Cindy Russo new president

Cindy Russo, BSN, RN, was named president of Dallas-based Steward Health Care’s Trumbull Regional Medical Center in Warren, Ohio, according to a June 30 news release shared with Becker’s. →Read more

After Supreme Court abortion decision, hospitals grapple with uncertain legal landscape

With the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, hospitals and health systems are reviewing the decision and potential effects it may have on their reproductive health services. →Read more

Hospitals in less competitive regions have higher price transparency compliance, study finds

Hospitals in less competitive hospital referral regions and hospital systems with greater market shares are more compliant with CMS’ price transparency rules, a study published June 24 in JAMA Health Forum found. →Read more

HCA hospitals make 16 leadership changes

HCA Healthcare, a 183-hospital system based in Nashville, Tenn., has made leadership changes at several of its hospitals in recent months.  →Read more

The hospital with the greatest COVID-19 burden in 19 cities

The first year of COVID-19 was incredibly difficult for hospitals, as they dealt with an unknown virus, shortages of staff and equipment, financial difficulties and other challenges. →Read more

Enhabit Home Health & Hospice Has Completed Its Spinoff From Encompass Health

Enhabit Home Health & Hospice (NYSE: EHAB) has completed its spinoff from Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC). The move is over a year and a half in the making, after Encompass Health first announced it was exploring “strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment in December of 2020. “Today marks a new and […] →Read more

OSF Ventures taps new vice president

OSF Ventures, the investing arm of Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare, named Mayank Taneja as vice president of venture investments.  →Read more

Adolescents more vulnerable to cannabis addiction but not other mental health risks, study finds

Adolescents are over three times more vulnerable to developing a cannabis addiction than adults, but may not be at increased risk of other mental health problems related to the drug, according to a new study. →Read more

Patient safety standards not always backed by strong evidence, Northwestern researchers find

Of 20 actionable standards issued by The Joint Commission during a one-year period, only six were fully supported by cited references, according to a recent study led by researchers at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.  →Read more

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children gets $50M lifeline

Drexel University and Tower Health, co-owners of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, announced on June 30 that private donors joined with some of Philadelphia’s leading institutions to secure more than $50 million in financial support over the next two years. →Read more

Cleveland Clinic, Nuvance Health enter cardiology affiliation 

The Nuvance Health Heart and Vascular Institute in Danbury, Conn., became an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute on June 30. →Read more

University Hospitals names chief medical officer of 2 Ohio hospitals

University Hospitals has selected Kevin Andryc, DO, to serve as chief medical officer of UH Conneaut (Ohio) Medical Center and UH Geneva (Ohio) Medical Center, the Cleveland-based health system said June 30. →Read more

Ascension St. Vincent abruptly closes 11 immediate care centers

Ascension St. Vincent gave one day’s notice that it was closing 11 immediate care centers by the end of the day June 30, according to the Indianapolis Star. →Read more

8 hospitals laying off workers

Several hospitals are trimming their workforces due to financial and operational challenges, and some are offering affected workers new positions. →Read more

Newman Regional Health taps Heather Aylward as chief nursing officer 

Emporia, Kan.-based Newman Regional Health has selected Heather Aylward as its new chief nursing officer, KVOE reported June 29. She begins July 1. →Read more

Michigan hospital secures loan to stay open through July

The Sturgis (Mich.) City Commission unanimously approved a $645,000 loan on June 30 to help Sturgis Hospital stay open while awaiting potential state funding. →Read more

Viewpoint: Hospitals shouldn’t expect quick pay despite 340B win

Despite their U.S. Supreme Court win, 340B hospitals shouldn’t expect to receive withheld program funds soon, McDermott Will & Emery partner Emily Cook said in a July 1 opinion piece for Bloomberg Law.  →Read more

Top 15 health systems of 2022, per Fortune, IBM

IBM Watson Health, in partnership with Fortune, has released its top 15 health systems, which they find set an example for health systems and hospitals across the nation. With its data, the report will continue to stand as a resource for these groups to improve their quality of care and efficiency.  →Read more

CMS wants Tennessee to change Trump-approved Medicaid block grant plan

Regulators sent a letter to Tennessee requesting the state submit a new financing and budget neutrality model based on a traditional per member per month cap, instead of an aggregate cap, among other changes. →Read more

Kaleida Health, unions stretch talks by extending contract for 2nd time

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health and its two largest unions will have more time to negotiate a new contract after the parties agreed to a second extension of their existing master bargaining agreement, according to a June 30 news release. →Read more

Mike Magee’s Advice to the AMA on Reversal of Roe vs. Wade

BY MIKE MAGEE Stable, civic societies are built upon human trust and confidence. If you were forced to rebuild a society, leveled by warfare and devastation, where would you begin? This is the question the U.S. Army faced at the close of WW II, specifically when it came to rebuilding Germany and Japan, hopefully into […] →Read more

Inceptor Bio Enters into Collaboration with the University of Minnesota for the Development of iPSC Platform to Treat Cancer

Shots: Under the terms of the agreement, Inceptor Bio will receive an exclusive license for the novel iPSC platform developed in collaboration with the University of Minnesota by accelerating Inceptor Bio’s cell therapies platforms for the treatment of difficult-to-treat cancers Inceptor Bio plans to include the newly developed iPSC platform into its proprietary K62 for […] →Read more

PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (June 27 – July 01, 2022)

Inceptor Bio Enters into Collaboration with the University of Minnesota for the Development of iPSC Platform to Treat Cancer Published: July 1, 2022 | Tags: inceptor bio, university of Minnesota, ipsc platform, cancer, biotech Sensorion’s SENS-401 Receives Australia’s Approval for the Initiation of Proof-of-Concept Trial to Treat Hearing Impairment Published: July 1, 2022 | Tags: […] →Read more

Insurer price transparency rule takes effect. Signs are good for compliance

UnitedHealthcare, Anthem and Centene are among the major payers already hosting machine-readable cost files onsite. →Read more

Sanofi’s Xenpozyme approved by European Commission

Xenpozyme is a treatment for ASMD and the condition’s only current enzyme replacement therapy →Read more

Recommendation for Novartis’ chronic myeloid leukaemia STAMP inhibitor

Chronic myeloid leukaemia therapy Scemblix receives NICE final draft recommendation in Britain →Read more

StartUPDATES: New developments for healthcare startups

Check out new developments from Equiva, SonALAsense, Sensible Care, and more. →Read more

Sensorion’s SENS-401 Receives Australia’s Approval for the Initiation of Proof-of-Concept Trial to Treat Hearing Impairment

Shots: The P-IIa will evaluate the presence of SENS-401 (oral, BID) in the cochlea (perilymph) @7days prior to implantation in patients with hearing impairment receiving SENS-401 for 49days with the 1st patient enrolment expected in mid-2022. The Australian approval (Jun 7, 2022) was followed by approval in France The study will also evaluate the 2EPs […] →Read more

Sensorion’s SENS-401 Receives Australia’s Approval for the Initiation of Proof-of-Concept Trial to Treat Hearing Impairment

Shots: The P-IIa will evaluate the presence of SENS-401 (oral, BID) in the cochlea (perilymph) @7days prior to implantation in patients with hearing impairment receiving SENS-401 for 49days with the 1st patient enrolment expected in mid-2022. The Australian approval (Jun 7, 2022) was followed by approval in France The study will also evaluate the 2EPs […] →Read more

How should cleaning validation sampling locations be chosen?

A recent paper outlines a process that can be used to select and document worst-case sampling locations to validate cleaning processes. The article, published in the Journal of Validation Technology (JVT), presents the case study of a company undergoing an investigation and developing a strategy for identifying worst-case sampling locations on equipment, after a regulatory […] →Read more

DC Health Department lays off 131 workers, ends COVID contract tracing program

The DC Health Department ended its COVID-19 contract tracing program on Thursday, laying off 131 workers employed by the program. “The COVID-19 Contact Trace Force has been instrumental in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the District of Columbia,” DC Health told The Hill. “However with COVID infection levels coming down and easier access […] →Read more

RCGP members call for stronger response to ‘GP bashing’ in the media

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Pfizer Reports NDA Submission of Paxlovid to the US FDA for the Treatment of COVID-19

Shots: The NDA was submitted based on the P-II/III (EPIC-HR) & (EPIC-SR) trial evaluating Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir + ritonavir, n=1400 & 361) vs PBO (n=1406 & 360) in patients with high/standard risk COVID-19 The results demonstrated an 86% & 57% reduction in hospitalization/death vs 15 deaths in PBO @28days whereas the data from the EPIC clinical […] →Read more

Bayer grabs Chinese okay for CKD therapy Kerendia

On the heels of approvals in the US, Europe and Japan, Bayer’s Kerendia for chronic kidney disease (CKD) associated with type 2 diabetes has been cleared for use in China, unlocking another big market for the drug. Kerendia (finerenone) – a non-steroidal, selective mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonist – has been shown to reduce the risk […] →Read more

Winner of RCGP Research Paper of the Year announced

Professor Paul Little and colleagues have won this year’s Research Paper of the Year for a study looking at prescribing of antibiotics for lower RTIs in children. →Read more

Novartis eyes earlier use of PD-1 drug in oesophageal cancer

Novartis is still waiting for FDA approval of its  PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitor latecomer tislelizumab in relapsed oesophageal cancer, but is already planning a move the drug into the first-line setting. New phase 3 data from the RATIONALE 306 study have shown that previously-untreated patients with advanced oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) treated with tislelizumab plus chemotherapy […] →Read more

The Memo: Biden leans into abortion fight

President Biden is injecting new vigor into the fight to protect abortion rights, seemingly nudged into action by criticism from within his own party about a lackluster response to date. Biden branded the Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling as “outrageous” and “destabilizing” during a Thursday […] →Read more

GP workforce shrank by 116 in May as appointments rose by 3.6m

The GP workforce shrank by 116 doctors in May 2022 – while appointments delivered in general practice rose by 3.6m compared with the previous month, official data show. →Read more

EU-OSHA rewards good practices in health and safety at work

Back to news 01/07/2022 EU-OSHA rewards good practices in health and safety at work This article describes the main goals and results of the 2022 Good Practice Awards, part of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaign ‘Lighten the Load’. Also for this campaign, many European organisations have demonstrated innovative approaches and…See more →Read more

Government’s short-term, top-down approach won’t solve GP crisis, experts warn

Addressing the GP workforce crisis needs comprehensive long-term plans that factor in local variation and help retain GPs and nurses, instead of the short-term, top-down targets favoured by the current government, policy experts have said. →Read more

AZ takes aim at BMS’ lead in neoadjuvant NSCLC

Just weeks after Bristol-Myers Squibb claimed an FDA green light for Opdivo as a neoadjuvant therapy for non-small cell lung cancer, AstraZeneca is looking to encroach on its territory. Top-line results from the AEGEAN trial of AZ’s PD-L1 inhibitor Imfinzi (durvalumab) plus chemotherapy given pre-surgery for resectable NSCLC tumours have revealed a significant improvement in […] →Read more

Sanofi Pauses Patient Enrollment in P-III Studies of Tolebrutinib for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and Myasthenia Gravis in the US

Shots: The US FDA temporarily paused patient enrolment in the P-III studies of tolebrutinib in MS & MG. Participants who have been enrolled in the study for ≤60 days in the US must stop taking the treatment while those who have completed 60 days maintain their treatment The decision was based on a limited no. […] →Read more

LA’s First Heat Officer Says Helping Vulnerable Communities Is Key to Achieving Climate Goals

As a child growing up in San Jose, California, Marta Segura heard horrific stories from her parents about women fainting on the factory lines and men overheating in the farm fields. They didn’t know those jobs exposed them to life-threatening conditions. Then, it hit home. “My dad, himself, got really sick one time and almost […] →Read more

Big Employers Are Offering Abortion Benefits. Will the Information Stay Safe?

In response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Americans’ constitutional right to abortion, large employers thought they had found a way to help workers living in states where abortions would be banned: provide benefits to support travel to other states for services. But that solution is only triggering questions. Experts warn that simply claiming the […] →Read more

How Much Health Insurers Pay for Almost Everything Is About to Go Public

Consumers, employers, and just about everyone else interested in health care prices will soon get an unprecedented look at what insurers pay for care, perhaps helping answer a question that has long dogged those who buy insurance: Are we getting the best deal we can? As of July 1, health insurers and self-insured employers must […] →Read more

How to Get Rid of Medical Debt — Or Avoid It in the First Place

Lori Mangum was 32 when apple-size tumors sprouted on her head. Now — six years and 10 surgeries later — the skin cancer is gone. But her pain lives on, in the form of medical debt. Even with insurance, Mangum paid $36,000 out-of-pocket, charges that stemmed from the hospital, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the pharmacy, […] →Read more

Blueprint cashes in on the past to build its future

Blueprint Medicines has taken an unusual route to raising cash for its R&D pipeline – selling off some of the royalties from its already-approved medicines in return for a cash injection of up to $1.25 billion. The targeted cancer drug specialist has sold its interest in tyrosine kinase inhibitor Ayvakit/Ayvakyt (avapritinib) and Roche-partnered RET inhibitor […] →Read more

Medical Devices and IVD Conference

SAE Media Group’s Inaugural Conference… Medical Devices and IVD 2022 14 – 15 November 2022 London, UK http://www.medicaldevices-ivd.com Navigating The MDR and IVDR and Best Strategies for Compliance SAE Media Group is proud to announce the launch of the Medical Devices and IVD Conference, taking place on 14 – 15 November 2022 in London, UK. […] →Read more

Blueprint Medicines Signs $1.25B Agreement with Sixth Street & Royalty Pharma in Exchange for Royalties of Ayvakit and Gavreto

Shots: The collaboration stated that the financings help to advance innovative precision therapy pipeline through internal R&D & strategic business development along with the launch of Ayvakit/Ayvakyt & Gavreto Blueprint will receive $250M up front from Sixth Street for future royalties from Ayvakit & BLU-263 at a rate of 9.75% with an annual cap of […] →Read more

Liver injuries prompt clinical hold on Sanofi BTK drug

One of the main assets of Sanofi’s $3.7 billion buyout of Principia Biopharma has run into trouble, after the FDA placed it on partial clinical hold while a safety signal is investigated. The regulator is requiring Sanofi to stop dosing some patients in phase 3 trials of the BTK inhibitor tolebrutinib (SAR442168) in multiple sclerosis […] →Read more

Self-collection now available for cervical screening – Information for healthcare providers

From 1 July 2022, the National Cervical Screening Program will allow all eligible screeners to collect their own Cervical Screening Test sample. →Read more

Self-collection now available for cervical screening

From 1 July 2022, the National Cervical Screening Program will allow all eligible screeners to collect their own Cervical Screening Test sample. →Read more

JB Pharma acquires paediatric brands from Dr Reddy’s for Rs 98.3 crore

The four brands are zinc supplement Z&D, insomnia medication Pedicloryl, antibiotic Pecef and Ezinapi, which is used against diaper rashes. The four brands combined had sales of Rs 33 crore in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. →Read more

Takeda Reports Results of Takhzyro (lanadelumab) in P-III (SPRING) Study for the Prevention of HAE Attacks in Children Aged 2 to <12 Years

Shots: The P-III (SPRING) study evaluate Takhzyro (150mg, q4w) in patients aged 2 & 6yrs. & q2w aged 6 & 12yrs. with HAE The results showed a ~95% reduction in the rate of HAE attacks vs baseline over 52wk., 76.2% were attack-free with an avg. of 99.5% attack-free days, 33.3% reported any TEAE related to […] →Read more

Medical Research Future Fund webinar for research administration officers

We invite you to join us for the inaugural Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Research Administration Officer webinar at 2:00pm (AEST) on 4 August 2022. →Read more

The Supreme Court Sidesteps America’s Patent Eligibility Crisis

By Michael Borella — In an order that is clearly less impactful and damaging than a number of opinions that the Supreme Court has disgorged in the last two weeks, the justices have denied certiorari in American Axle & Mfg. Inc. v. Neapco Holdings LLC. To many, American Axle represented the Gordian Knot in patent-eligibility […] →Read more

Agency Information Collection Activities; Marine Terminal Operations and Longshoring Standards

[Federal Register Volume 87, (Friday, July 1, 2022 )] [Notice] [Pages 39565-39565] Agency Information Collection Activities; Marine Terminal Operations and Longshoring Standards →Read more

VA vs. private hospitals

How do efficiently is care provided for patients at Veteran Affairs’ hospitals as compared to private hospitals? This is not an easy question to answer as the composition of patients differs between these hospitals. Even among dually-eligible individuals–those with both VA and commercial insurance–individuals treated at VA hospitals are generally more severely ill. To better […] →Read more

The Compelling Implications of Using a Blockchain to Record and Verify Patent Assignments

By Michael Borella — Given the recent bust cycle of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), all things blockchain are currently tainted with words such as "bubble", "scam", and "fraud". But blockchain technology, which is what enables cryptocurrencies and NFTs, remains a remarkably innovative tool. When implemented properly, it can be used to create an immutable […] →Read more

Health Care — Democrats rev up their drug pricing push

The Stanley Cup, already dented from the Colorado Avalanche’s on-ice celebration, was delivered to the wrong house. (There are worse mistakes to find on your doorstep.) Today in health care, we’ll look at some of the small revisions Senate Democrats have made to their drug pricing plan. And Democrats are hoping to have another go at including […] →Read more

Liver injury leads FDA to pause Sanofi’s tests of MS drug acquired in $3.7B deal

The FDA placed a partial clinical hold on late-stage tests of Sanofi multiple sclerosis drug tolebrutinib after some patients developed drug-induced liver injury. While U.S. tests are paused, Sanofi said clinical testing in other countries is continuing with additional safety monitoring. →Read more

Bridging Efficacy and Safety to the Obese: Considerations and Scientific Approaches – 11/09/2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) will host a one-day virtual public workshop entitled “Bridging Efficacy and Safety to the Obese: Considerations and Scientific Approaches” on November 9, 2022. →Read more

New name for Department

The Department of Health is now called the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. The change of name reflects the importance of aged care to the Australian community and the high priority the Government places on aged care reform. →Read more

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to New York COVID-19 vaccination mandate

The Supreme Court on June 30 decided it would not hear a challenge to New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers that does not include a religious exemption, according to The Washington Post. →Read more

Physician viewpoint: How to care for patients you resent

Many clinicians may not want to acknowledge when they have negative feelings about a patient in their care, but such resentment or frustration is important to recognize and address, as studies show it can affect care quality, Joan Naidorf, DO, a Virginia-based emergency physician, wrote in a June 30 op-ed for The Washington Post. →Read more

10 big cybersecurity funding rounds this year

Cybersecurity is one of the major challenges for hospitals and their CIOs amid a spate of cyberattacks and data breaches in the healthcare industry. →Read more

Why Understanding CMS’ Proposed Rule Logic Is Key to Combating It

In order for the home-based care industry to push back against the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2023 proposed payment rule, industry leaders must understand where CMS’ intentions and motivations are coming from. Industry leaders also need to focus mainly on the behavioral adjustments that CMS is targeting and planning to change. […] →Read more

15 top players in expected $75.1B healthcare analytics market

Healthcare analytics is a burgeoning market, with health systems increasingly using data to drive clinical decision-making, predict patient outcomes and improve financial and operational performance. →Read more

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields names new CEO

Raymond Grady was selected as president and CEO of Franciscan Health Olympia Fields (Ill.) and its South Suburban Chicago Division. →Read more

Chicago health systems join project using innovation to boost health equity

University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Chicago have joined a Chicago-based initiative focused on using innovation to increase health equity. →Read more

Are Plan B and Body Weight Interconnected?

Researchers have looked into why and how weight influences emergency contraception but have come up against several unknowns. Here’s what we know. →Read more

Does Plan B Have a Weight Limit?

Researchers have looked into why and how weight influences emergency contraception but have come up against several unknowns. Here’s what we know. →Read more

Massachusetts sets hearing over hospital birth center closure

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has scheduled a public hearing next month regarding Beverly (Mass.) Hospital’s plans to permanently close its freestanding birth center in September because of staffing shortages. →Read more

Three healthcare execs discuss the ‘myths’ of AI

As the use of AI ushers in great hope for advancement in the healthcare industry, there are also concerns about the impact this technology could have on human interaction, data, its success rates, as well as the burdens it could place on clinicians and health systems. →Read more

9 big moves pharmacy chains made in 2022

Here are nine of the biggest actions pharmacy chains Walmart, Walgreens and CVS took so far this year, listed in order of Becker’s Hospital Review’s coverage: →Read more

Research reveals structure of a human endogenous reverse transcriptase

The crystal structure of a human endogenous reverse transcriptase has similarities to HIV reverse transcriptase, a well-known tractable drug target, which will help design drugs to treat cancer and other diseases, according to a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher. →Read more

LGBTQ patients’ preventive health knowledge lags behind the general population, report says

LGBTQ Americans have a lack of understanding of the preventive health services they need, compared to the general population, a new report found. In order to create targeted messaging campaigns to increase preventive health knowledge among the LGBTQ community, the healthcare industry needs to include more LGBTQ patients in medical research to better understand the […] →Read more

Aetna rolls back prior authorization requirement for cataract surgery

The payer said its decision came after analyzing real-time data when the requirement was in place and that it will continue to perform retrospective reviews. →Read more

Katie Galbraith named new president for Lankenau Medical Center

Katie Galbraith, current president of Durham, N.C.-based Duke Regional Hospital, has been named the next president for Wynnewood, Pa.-based Lankenau Medical Center. →Read more

Researchers discover new leukemia-killing compounds

Researchers have discovered potential new drugs that target mitochondria in cancer cells. Their study in the journal Leukemia describes the compounds’ potential for killing leukemia cells when administered by themselves or in combination with other chemotherapies. →Read more

Disrupt Podcast #58: Raman Brar, CEO and co-founder of Pathwell

The 58th episode of our podcast, Disrupt, is now available! For this episode of Disrupt, Home Health Care News caught up with Raman Brar, the CEO and co-founder of Pathwell. During the conversation, Brar touched on the company’s transition from a technology company to a home-based care provider, Pathwell’s growth goals and how the company […] →Read more

Home-Focused Matter Health Raises $35M in Series A Funding Round

Matter Health — a primary care services provider with a focus on affordable housing communities — has secured $35 million in a Series A financing round. The funding was led by the Jordan Park Group, an investment management company. “The primary purpose of the funding is just to allow us to expand our reach to […] →Read more

Biden signs law requiring VA be more transparent about EHR rollout costs

The new law received bipartisan support as lawmakers become increasingly frustrated with the VA’s management of the seven-year-old program, which has been dogged by delays, growing spending and operational issues. →Read more

Loud Muscle Science, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Launch Sequence Capsules Due to the Presence of Undeclared Tadalafil in United States and Canada

Hauppauge, NY, Loud Muscle Science, LLC is voluntarily recalling the following Launch Sequence products and lots listed in the table below to the consumer level. Laboratory analysis undertaken at the request of Loud Muscle Science, LLC found the products to be tainted with tadalafil, an ingredient i →Read more

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: A World Without ‘Roe’

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. It’s been less than a week since the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion and each passing day has produced more questions than answers. […] →Read more

HHS issues HIPAA guidance after abortion ruling

Alerting law enforcement about a patient’s plan to get a legal abortion in another state would be “inconsistent” with ethical standards, according to the Health and Human Services Department. →Read more

Transparency in Coverage

This link leads to the machine-readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data. →Read more

Health systems join president’s pledge for decarbonization

Representatives from Renton, Wash.-based Providence, New York-based Mount Sinai and Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanete were among the 61 organizations present June 30 at the White House where they pledged to join President Joe Biden’s decarbonization initiative, according to a press release.  →Read more

Why the Proposed Rule Could Hinder the Home Health Public Market’s Strategic Visions

At the very beginning of this year, I wrote an HHCN+ Report on the home health public market and how it sets the pace for the rest of the industry. At the time, the public companies were all doing well, though things have certainly changed since then. Among my takeaways, I wrote about how larger […] →Read more

Steward Morton Hospital workers OK labor deal

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association have approved a three-year contract with Taunton-based Steward Morton Hospital. →Read more

High court rejects COVID-19 shot mandate case from New York

The court’s action follows a decision in December in which the justices declined an emergency request to halt the requirement. →Read more

Gender gap hits remote work

Men are disproportionately more likely to be offered remote work opportunities and have the option to work from home compared to women, according to a June 23 McKinsey survey. →Read more

Trinity Health Of New England partners with telehealth startup to help more mothers breastfeed

Mothers don’t have enough resources for breastfeeding support. However, many feel like they have to breastfeed due to the nationwide formula shortage. To address these problems, Trinity Health Of New England teamed up with Nest Collaborative, a startup providing breastfeeding telehealth appointments, to offer its services to patients free of charge. →Read more

Getinge Launches New DPTE-EXO with Sleeveless DPTE-BetaBag for Aseptic Transfer

Getinge’s new DPTE-EXO with Sleeveless DPTE-BetaBag is an alpha port with an external opening and an integrated funnel for automated aseptic transfer. →Read more

Signaling molecule potently stimulates hair growth

Researchers have discovered that a signaling molecule called SCUBE3 potently stimulates hair growth and may offer a therapeutic treatment for androgenetic alopecia, a common form of hair loss in both women and men. →Read more

FDA Recommends Inclusion of Omicron BA.4/5 Component for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

Following the recommendation of an independent vaccine panel, FDA is advising vaccine manufacturers to include an Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 component to their booster doses. →Read more

Ipsen Expands Oncology Portfolio with $247 Million Epizyme Acquisition

Ipsen will acquire Epizyme, who recently had their lead medicine Tazverik (tazemetostat) approved by FDA for treatment of relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma. →Read more

Judge to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

A judge on Thursday was set to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban one day before it was set to go into effect. The law, which is not a “trigger law” like other states have set up to take immediate effect upon Roe v. Wade’s reversal, is modeled after Mississippi’s own 15-week abortion ban that […] →Read more

Supreme Court Denies Cert in American Axle

By Kevin E. Noonan — In a month where the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has exercised its judicial muscle by striking down several well-established precedents, one portion of their jurisprudence is as fixed a constant as the Northern Star: the Court will not address the morass in patent subject matter eligibility created by the decisions […] →Read more

Supreme Court Denies Cert in American Axle

By Kevin E. Noonan — In a month where the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has exercised its judicial muscle by striking down several well-established precedents, one portion of their jurisprudence is as fixed a constant as the Northern Star: the Court will not address the morass in patent subject matter eligibility created by the decisions […] →Read more

Who should get the monkeypox vaccine?

As a growing monkeypox outbreak has spread throughout the U.S., the White House this week outlined a plan to send out tens of thousands of vaccine doses to quell the rise in cases. The Biden administration will send out 296,000 doses of the Jynneous vaccine, the only Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine for monkeypox. The […] →Read more

Inceptor Bio Collaborates with University of Minnesota to Develop Cell Therapy Platform

Inceptor Bio and the University of Minnesota aim to build a novel iPSC platform to accelerate cell therapy drug development. →Read more

Maternal deaths rose dramatically during COVID-19: 3 study notes

Maternal deaths in the U.S. rose 33 percent after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Network Open.  →Read more

Hospital Operations Virtual Summit Co-Hosted by LeanTaaS Reveals AI’s Role in Achieving Healthcare ROI

The tumultuous events of the past few years have increased pressure on hospitals and health systems, and irrevocably impacted how they operate. →Read more

FDA steers updated vaccine to focus on dominant omicron subvariants

The FDA told vaccine manufacturers June 30 to focus on leading omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, two days after an independent panel voted to recommend modified omicron-targeted vaccines.  →Read more

340B program remains second largest federal drug program, yet little solid evidence of benefits to patient

Over the three decades since Congress created the 340B drug pricing program, we’ve seen massive growth in its size. As a program meant to serve vulnerable patients, this sounds great, right? The problem is we’ve seen little to no evidence patients are benefiting from this growth or even the program itself. Instead, large hospital systems, […] →Read more

What Growing Federal Scrutiny of Healthcare Cybersecurity Means for Organizations

Recovering from a ransomware attack will cost a healthcare organization $1.85 million, on average, and take about a week to resolve, according to Sophos’ most recent report. Healthcare organizations are also more likely than organizations in other sectors to pay the ransom, but when they do, they may not get back all their data. And […] →Read more

Note from the editor: Small but important changes ahead

The past two years have been full of shifts and shakes in the drug development field, but the change at Outsourcing-Pharma is easy and one for the better. →Read more

Novartis opens new manufacturing plant in Mumbai to make generic cancer drugs

Spread across 32,000 sqm, and housing state-of-the-art production technology, the plant is built to cater to export markets. It currently has a workforce of 70 people with plans to increase further to support the expansion of production capacity and capabilities. →Read more

5 transformative health IT execs share their greatest innovations

Health system IT and digital leaders have the opportunity to create and implement any number of innovations in the increasingly tech-driven healthcare industry. →Read more

Organ transplant group votes for hospitals to remove race from kidney calculations

The Organ Procurement and Transportation Network has voted for transplant hospitals to remove race from their calculations of kidney function, the group said in a June 28 news release.  →Read more

GE Healthcare recalls 4K ventilator batteries

GE Healthcare has recalled 4,222 Carescape R860 ventilator backup batteries in a class 1 recall, the most serious type, after discovering replacement batteries were unexpectedly running out of juice. →Read more

Dose Those Proteins Carefully

There are a lot of really great things you can accomplish with protein-based therapeutics that are hard to do by any other means. Monoclonal antibodies are a perfect example, and others include antibody-drug conjugates, enzyme replacement therapies, and things like CRISPR and some other gene-editing technologies, where you need to introduce exogenous proteins to do […] →Read more

6 themes linked to physician suicides, study finds 

Six overarching themes contributed to physician job stress and suicides, a study published June 29 in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior found. →Read more

Has smell, taste returned for COVID-19 survivors? 2 latest findings

Temporary loss of smell emerged as a common indicator of COVID-19 early in the pandemic. Research into the cause and treatment of the condition, known as anosmia, is ongoing, though recent studies have brought us one step closer to answers.  →Read more

FDA: Omicron-specific boosters must target new strains

New COVID-19 booster shots should be tailored to target omicron’s BA.4 and BA. 5 subvariants as well as the original strain in order to give people the broadest possible protection, U.S. regulators advised drugmakers on Thursday. The announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comes two days after an agency advisory panel recommended tailoring […] →Read more

Cybersecurity No. 2 concern of CIOs

With hospitals sitting on so much data in our tech-heavy age, health systems have to be vigilant about safeguarding their patients’ protected health information. →Read more

How to attract and retain healthcare employees in the current environment: foster a sense of belonging, development and wellness

As healthcare workers continue to leave the industry at startling rates, health systems must find more effective ways to attract and retain employees.  →Read more

Regard Raises $15.3M for AI Co-Pilot to Diagnose Medical Conditions

What You Should Know: – Regard (formerly known as HealthTensor), a L.A.-based software company developing an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot for physicians to help diagnose medical conditions, announced its $15.3 million in Series A funding led by Calibrate Ventures and Foundry Group, with participation from additional investors. – The funding will be used to help […] →Read more

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state’s abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. St. Luke’s Health Kansas City said in a statement Wednesday that it would resume offering the medication known as the […] →Read more

13 supply chain leaders on priorities for the rest of 2022 

With the COVID-19 pandemic straining medical supply chains for more than two years, operation experts are still grappling with daily disruptions. →Read more

‘The decision to end a pregnancy is a medical conversation, not a legal or political one’

As expected, and as many feared, the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back the privacy rights of women to make their own choices about their healthcare in the official decision released on June 24 to overturn Roe v. Wade. →Read more

Chicago ARC Launches Health Equity Innovation Venture Collaborative

What You Should Know: – The Chicago ARC, a new venture collaborative focused on accelerating health equity solutions, has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Chicago — as the organization’s first Founding Healthcare Partners. The Chicago ARC also officially welcomed Kate Merton, Ph.D., as its executive director. – […] →Read more

Companies see a future for smart implants. Doctors are waiting for proof.

Zimmer Biomet and Canary Medical are rolling out the first knee implant with an integrated sensor, though it will take time to learn how to incorporate that data into patient care, experts say. →Read more

UAB names interim health system CEO

Dawn Bulgarella was selected as interim CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System. →Read more

Merck to help early-stage AI, machine learning startups through new initiative

Merck has launched a new program aimed at helping early-stage biomedical startups pilot their technologies.  →Read more

CMS updates nursing home participation guidance

CMS released updated guidance June 29 on minimum health and safety standards that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid.  →Read more

How bacteria adhere to cells: Basis for the development of a new class of antibiotics

Researchers have unraveled how bacteria adhere to host cells and thus taken the first step towards developing a new class of antibiotics. →Read more

COVID-19 hospitalizations can be predicted through Google searches

Information from Google searches as well as COVID-19 data on vaccination and previous hospitalizations can help create a real-time, predictive calculator of future hospitalizations, according to a June 11 study published in Nature.  →Read more

HHS launches a website for reproductive care 

HHS has launched a website, reproductiverights.gov, to help people understand their abortion rights and find access to contraception and abortion services, Politico reported June 29.  →Read more

US to pay $3.2B for 105M doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech has inked a deal for $3.2 billion with the federal government to deliver 105 million COVID-19 adult and child vaccines by the end of summer 2022, according to a June 29 press release.  →Read more

Rite Aid shrinks debt by $200M amid store closures

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid has curbed its net debt of $2.9 billion last year to $2.7 billion, The Washington Post reported June 29.  →Read more

U.S. buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

Wednesday’s announcement came as Congress remained gridlocked over billions in funding requested by the Biden administration to purchase additional vaccines, tests and drugs to fight the pandemic. →Read more

Iowa man gets 27 months in prison for sharing VA patient’s health info

An Iowa man has been sentenced June 29 to more than two years in prison for wrongfully accessing and disclosing information from patient records at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. →Read more

Walgreens earnings slide as number of vaccinations wane

“Now that vaccination and testing rates are falling, Walgreens’ performance is deteriorating.” GlobalData Managing Director Neil Saunders said in an email. →Read more

California hospitals must begin sharing patient data in the next year

California passed legislation a year ago requiring all healthcare and human services providers to sign a data-sharing agreement, which will be posted July 1. CalMatters, a nonprofit news source, outlined the goals of the legislation in a June 30 report. →Read more

Pfizer asks for full FDA approval of COVID pill

Pfizer on Thursday announced it had submitted an application to receive full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid for use in high-risk individuals. The FDA in December issued an emergency use authorization for Paxlovid to be used as treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and children over the […] →Read more

Singing River Health System names Tiffany Murdock CEO

Tiffany Murdock, MSN, was named CEO of Singing River Health System in Ocean Springs, Miss. →Read more

Senate Democrats push revised drug pricing plan as they prep larger Biden economic package

Senate Democrats plan to submit a revised proposal to lower prescription drug prices for a key procedural review in the coming days as they press forward with preparations for a vote on President Biden’s economic package.   Lawmakers have made some revisions to a deal to lower drug prices and plan to submit it to the […] →Read more

HHS releases guidance on reproductive care privacy

The federal government has released guidance on how members of the public can protect their reproductive health privacy in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. →Read more

GP practices can be ‘more ambitious’ on tackling climate change

GP practices can be more ambitious in taking steps to tackle climate change than the NHS as a whole – benefitting from their smaller scale to implement quick changes, a GP sustainability expert has said. →Read more

UC Davis Health gets $1.7M for digital outreach to underserved communities

Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Health has received $1.7 million in federal funding to build a digital platform to improve healthcare access for underserved communities in Sacramento and Northern California.  →Read more

Are Healthcare APIs Important?

Do you know how API integration can help your medical practice?  API stands for Application Programming Interface, meaning that two programs can work together for a common purpose to help each other out. You can use APIs for your business’s website and app and integrate any feature you want. For instance, integrating payment solutions into […] →Read more

Only 1 in 5 people in US have optimal heart health: 5 notes 

Only 19.6 percent of adults in the U.S. have high cardiovascular health, a study published June 29 in Circulation found. →Read more

UofL Health partners with Carroll County Memorial Hospital to boost care access

Louisville, Ky.-based UofL Health and Carrollton, Ky.-based Carroll County Memorial Hospital have teamed up with two big goals in mind: improving access to care and specialty resources close to home, UofL News reported June 28. →Read more

Georgia hospital probing cyberattack

Columbus, Ga.-based Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital is investigating a cyberattack, its CEO said June 30.  →Read more

How Can Biopharma Companies Sustain Growth & Innovation?

What You Should Know: – The traditional approach to fostering biopharma growth is no longer sustainable, according to Accenture research and analysis. The new research reveals perspectives on the life sciences industry based on an extensive analysis of over 300 M&A deals made by the top 30 biopharma companies between 2010–2021. – The analysis reveals multiple factors are eroding the sustainability of an inorganic growth strategy, such as rising costs of M&A, declining ability to pay and new challengers. However, […] →Read more

Mayo Clinic Care Network adds 2 Indiana health systems

Greenfield, Ind.-based Hancock Healthcare and Danville, Ind.-based Hendricks Regional Healthcare have joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. →Read more

HHS issues guidance on when providers may be forced to share patient information

The HHS Office for Civil Rights issued privacy guidelines Wednesday clarifying how to protect patient health information following the Supreme Court’s ruling ending the constitutional right to an abortion. →Read more

Senators quietly kill plan to overhaul VA healthcare system

A bipartisan group of 12 senators is rejecting the Department of Veterans Affairs’ plan to close or overhaul hospitals that no longer meet the healthcare needs of U.S. veterans, according to a June 29 report by The Washington Post. →Read more

Podcast: BMA backs GP exit from PCNs, GMC under fire and solutions to the GP crisis

The team discusses votes at the BMA annual representative meeting on PCNs and pay, progress on sexism at the BMA, the GMC’s latest controversial care and the RCGP’s campaign to address the GP crisis. →Read more

UHS revises earnings forecast amid lower patient volumes

King of Prussia Pa.-based Universal Health Services is revising its forecast for the year due to a significant shortfall in operating results during April and May of 2022 compared to the original annual results forecast. →Read more

St. Francis Medical Center taps Dr. John Bruchhaus as chief medical officer

Monroe, La.-based St. Francis Medical Center named John Bruchhaus, MD, its new chief medical officer effective July 5, The Ouachita Citizen reported June 29. →Read more

Providence nurses strike tentative labor deals

Nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City, Ore., have reached tentative agreements with their employers, according to the union that represents them. →Read more

Webinar: Reviewing HEDIS MY 2021 and looking ahead to MY 2022

Quality regulations, HEDIS®, and Star Ratings measures are constantly changing, creating a need for constant vigilance to track compliance and to optimize improvements. A multidisciplinary approach is required for success. As we mark the end of another HEDIS season, Cotiviti has brought together stakeholders from across the organization representing program management, product development, data operations, […] →Read more

Falling off the Subsidy Cliff: How ACA Premiums Would Change for People Losing Rescue Plan Subsidies

This post examines what would happen to ACA marketplace premiums for enrollees with incomes more than four times the federal policy level if the enhanced American Rescue Plan Act subsidies expire, including variations by state . →Read more

What an increasingly anxious workforce means for patient care

Whether a school in Uvalde, Texas, or a hospital campus in Tulsa, Okla., a recent series of violent events are constant reminders of the potential for what could unfold on healthcare workers’ home campuses. The omnipresent anxiety over gun violence in the workplace — a possibility that increasingly seems more likely — has negative consequences […] →Read more

Feds commit $3.2B to lock in Covid-19 vax supply ahead of fall vaccination campaign

New Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are coming and they’ll likely include protection against the omicron variant. The U.S. government agreed to a purchasing contract covering 105 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for a planned vaccination campaign in the fall. →Read more

Lilly enlists Sidekick for breast cancer digital therapeutic

The pharmaceutical firm will work with the health tech company to create a digital therapeutic intended for patients dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. →Read more

Nearly half of RCM departments facing severe labor shortages, report says

Nearly half of revenue cycle leaders said their departments are facing severe labor shortages, according to a midyear financial trends report released June 29 by R1 RCM.  →Read more

FDA warns about possible increased risk of death and serious side effects with cancer drug Copiktra (duvelisib)

FDA warns about possible increased risk of death and serious side effects with cancer drug Copiktra (duvelisib). Consider risks and benefits of continued use versus other treatments. →Read more

US News makes 7 changes to Best Hospitals methodology

U.S. News & World Report said several methodology changes will be reflected in this year’s edition of Best Hospitals rankings and ratings when they are published July 26. →Read more

Piedmont Walton taps Haley Harrison as chief nursing officer

Piedmont Walton Hospital has selected Haley Harrison, MSN, RN, as its new chief nursing officer, the Monroe, Ga.-based hospital said June 29.  →Read more

Analysis: How Will The Roadmap for Diagnostic Cardiology Devices Develop?

Like most healthcare markets, the diagnostic cardiology market has had a bumpy ride in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic saw global revenues for Resting ECG devices increase in 2020, whilst ECG Management Systems, Stress ECG and Traditional Holter ECG solutions saw a market decline. Country lockdowns resulted in reduced cardiology services during the peak of […] →Read more

Key Themes from HITAC Hearing on Health Equity by Design

As part of ONC’s efforts to embrace the concept of health equity by design, ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) held a hearing in March to explore equity considerations in health IT featuring expert panelists from the fields of health equity, health IT, and health data exchange. Panelists drew from their experience working to […] →Read more

Shareholder looks to block $18B healthcare REIT merger

Healthcare Realty Trust shareholder Land & Buildings announced in a June 16 investor presentation press release shared with Becker’s that it intends to vote against Healthcare Realty Trust’s acquisition of Healthcare Trust of America, citing that it fails to maximize value for all Healthcare Realty Trust shareholders.  →Read more

Biden calls for filibuster carveout to protect abortion rights

President Biden on Thursday said the Senate should carve out an exception to the 60-vote filibuster to codify abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.  “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the […] →Read more

ACAP Launches Center for Social Determinants of Health Innovation

What You Should Know: – Today, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) announced the launch of The ACAP Center for Social Determinants of Health Innovation. The center will encourage and empower other stakeholders to support SDoH initiative. – The center offers tailored resources, including policy reports, market research, and roundtable educational events, to help health […] →Read more

Police kill armed patient at Baylor Scott & White hospital

Police fatally shot a patient in the emergency wing of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center–Irving on June 29 after he opened fire on officers, according to local news reports. →Read more

Allina Health announces site for Cambridge Medical Center

Minneapolis-based Allina Health has officially set the site for its new Cambridge (Minn.) Medical Center — Highway 65 and Xylite Street Northeast, just north of Highway 95.  →Read more

Risks of being a partner have outstripped benefits, GPs told

The risks of being a partner have become greater that the benefits, the RCGP conference has been told. →Read more

Biotech spotlight: Twist Bioscience aims to remove limits on drug discovery with DNA synthesis platform

As ‘the Amazon of DNA,’ Twist CSO, Aaron Sato, discusses the company’s breakthrough approach to DNA production and its expansion into drug development. →Read more

HHS to send out more monkeypox vaccines as CDC activates emergency centers

The distribution will take place on a four-tier basis with areas that have the highest case rates coming first. Within the tiers, priority will be based on the number of people at risk for monkeypox who have preexisting conditions. →Read more

Sirana enters into collaborative research agreement with Pfizer

Companies will combine to investigate a novel treatment for a rare bone disease →Read more

GPs urged to use their voices to improve the lives of patients in deprived areas

The can-do attitude and independence of GPs offers a unique opportunity to help reverse the ‘horrific statistics’ of deprivation, the RCGP Annual Conference heard. →Read more

Atos opens Life Science Centre of Excellence

Centre will accelerate drug development and enable precision health solutions →Read more

PharmaShots’ Key Highlights of Second Quarter 2022

The second quarter of 2022 highlights major acquisitions in the pharma and biotech industry along with multiple approvals. Meanwhile, AstraZeneca’s Farxiga (dapagliflozin) meet its primary endpoints for heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction Starting with the latest acquisitions, Pfizer acquire Biohaven for ~$11.6B, GSK acquire Affinivax for ~$3.3B. The second quarter of the year […] →Read more

UF Health names chief diversity officer

UF Health has named Lakesha Butler, Pharm.D., associate vice president for inclusion, diversity and health equity and chief diversity officer. →Read more

AstraZeneca Reports Results of Imfinzi in P-III (AEGEAN) Trial for the Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Shots: The P-III (AEGEAN) trial evaluates the safety & tolerability of Imfinzi + neoadjucant CT vs CT alone in patients with NSCLC The results from the combination therapy demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in pCR & MPR, consistent safety & tolerability, without a decrease in the number of patients to be able to undergo successful surgery vs […] →Read more