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Reluctant Localities Are Being Dragged Into Court to Fix Sidewalks for People With Disabilities

From her Baltimore dining room, Susan Goodlaxson can see her neighbor gardening across the street. But while other neighbors stop to chat, Goodlaxson just watches from the window. She uses a wheelchair, and there isn’t a single curb ramp on her block. If the 66-year-old wanted to join, she’d have to jump her wheelchair down …

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: How One State Protects Patients From Hospital Lawsuits

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In Maryland, hospitals had been suing people — taking them to court and garnishing wages — even though these patients legally qualified for financial assistance, also known as charity care. Those lawsuits are now illegal, because of the state’s new Medical Debt Protection Act. But in many other …

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AbbVie makes another gene therapy move, paying $370M to partner with Regenxbio

AbbVie will take the lead on commercializing Regenxbio’s gene therapy in wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy. It’s AbbVie’s second major gene therapy deal this year, coming months after it committed $90 million to preclinical-stage Capsida Biotherapeutics.

U.S. Authorities Seek Documents From Troubled Covid Vaccine Manufacturer

Emergent BioSolutions, which ruined 75 million vaccine doses at its Baltimore plant, disclosed records requests from Congress and federal and state law enforcement agencies.

U.S. Authorities Seek Documents From Troubled Covid Vaccine Manufacturer

Emergent BioSolutions, which ruined 75 million vaccine doses at its Baltimore plant, disclosed records requests from Congress and federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Transforming rural healthcare will require a funding overhaul. Here’s one way to do it.

The answer to rural healthcare’s financial issues could lie in a payment model that pools funds from public and private insurers alike to pay for agreed-upon core services, allowing rural hospitals to provide the care most needed by the communities they serve.

Emergent BioSolutions Faces Investor Revolt Over Botched Vaccines

In the latest shareholder lawsuit, a pension fund accused executives at Emergent BioSolutions of insider trading. The company, under investigation by Congress, has halted manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines at its Baltimore factory at regulators’ request.

Biotech Company That Botched Vaccines Faces Investor Revolt

In the latest shareholder lawsuit, a pension fund accused executives at Emergent BioSolutions of insider trading. The company, under investigation by Congress, has halted manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines at its Baltimore factory at regulators’ request.

Novavax Covid-19 vaccine shows 90% efficacy, protection against variants

Novavax reported that its Covid-19 vaccine was 100% effective at protecting against moderate and severe disease and 90.4% effective overall. The vaccine is seen as an important alternative to messenger RNA vaccines because of its storage and distribution advantages.

Troubled Vaccine Maker and Its Founder Gave $2 Million in Political Donations

Emergent BioSolutions faces scrutiny in Congress for ruining Covid-19 vaccines and securing lucrative federal contracts. Executives will appear before some lawmakers who benefited from the company’s spending.

Troubled Vaccine Maker and Its Founder Gave $2 Million in Political Donations

Emergent BioSolutions faces scrutiny in Congress for ruining Covid-19 vaccines and securing lucrative federal contracts. Executives will appear before some lawmakers who benefited from the company’s spending.

An Indie Artist’s Plea to Look Beyond Algorithms and Curated Playlists

When the pandemic hit, Debórah Bond, like many artists, was caught off guard. “I thought I’d be juggling gigs and touring,” said the independent R&B/soul musician. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. A full-time artist, Bond, 44, made a living through a patchwork of vocal gigs — performing live at weddings, bars …

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Supernus ADHD drug is FDA approved; first new ‘non-stimulant’ med in a decade

FDA approval of Supernus Pharmaceuticals drug Qelbree gives attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder patients another treatment option that is not classified as a Schedule II substance. It’s a different formulation of a drug that was first approved in Europe decades ago.

United Therapeutics notches another FDA approval for lung drug

The FDA decision for Tyvaso as a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients who have interstitial lung disease is the second approval for the United Therapeutics drug. The additional indication gives the company another way to grow revenue for the drug, which faces generic competition.

After a Deadly COVID Outbreak, Maryland County Takes Steps to Protect Health Workers

This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can be republished for free. A Maryland health department is taking new steps to protect its workers six months after a COVID-19 outbreak killed a veteran employee who was twice denied permission to work from home. Chantee Mack, 44, died in May. More than 20 colleagues …

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FDA issues Covid-19 vaccine guidance as White House reportedly relents

The guidance calls for a median two months’ worth of follow-up safety data from well-designed Phase III studies as a precondition for a vaccine receiving an EUA. The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House had backed down in its opposition to the guidance, which pushes the date of an EUA past Election Day.

Stephen Hahn and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad FDA weekend

The FDA commissioner took to Twitter Monday night to defend his performance at the agency, which came under sharp criticism amid accusations that the authorization of a plasma treatment for Covid-19 was politically motivated and that he stood by while President Trump unfairly maligned FDA staffers, prompting calls for his resignation.

Maryland County Pledges Investigation of Health Worker’s Coronavirus Death

Officials in Maryland’s Prince George’s County say they “will spare no time or expense” investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a veteran public health worker who died of COVID-19 after relatives and co-workers believe she contracted the coronavirus on the job. The probe follows a story by KHN and the Associated Press two weeks …

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Essential and in Danger: Coronavirus Sickens, Even Kills Public Health Workers

As a veteran public health worker, Chantee Mack knew the coronavirus could kill. She already faced health challenges and didn’t want to take any chances during the pandemic. So she asked — twice — for permission to work from home. She was deemed essential and told no. Eight weeks later, she was dead. Mack, a …

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FDA guidance eases some Covid-19 vaccine concerns, but others remain

Amid fears of a premature emergency use authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine granted for political reasons, the guidance that the FDA released at the beginning of the month sets much tougher standards. But trial enrollment, anti-vaccine sentiment and other potential problems persist.

NIAID launches clinical trial network for preventive drugs, vaccines against Covid-19

The NIAID create the Covid-19 Prevention Trials Network by combining four existing ones, primarily focused on HIV and AIDS, which will continue that work in addition to their new focus on Covid-19.