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First Edition: July 22, 2014

First Edition: July 22, 2014

Reporting for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe writes: "Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least three days. [More]
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to nintedanib, an investigational therapy currently under FDA review for the treatment of people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
CVS Caremark enters into definitive agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy

CVS Caremark enters into definitive agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy

CVS Caremark today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy, the largest Hispanic-owned drugstore chain in the U.S. The transaction includes Navarro's 33 retail drugstore locations and Navarro Health Services, a specialty pharmacy serving patients with complex or chronic diseases. [More]
Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. [More]
Perrigo receives final approval from FDA for congestion relief tablets

Perrigo receives final approval from FDA for congestion relief tablets

Perrigo Company today announced that it was the first to receive final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug application for ibuprofen and phenylephrine hydrochloride tablets, 200 mg/10 mg (over-the-counter), the store brand equivalent to Advil Congestion Relief Tablets, 200 mg/10 mg. [More]
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy status to Novartis' CTL019 for treatment of relapsed/refractory ALL

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy status to Novartis' CTL019 for treatment of relapsed/refractory ALL

Novartis announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy status to CTL019, an investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (r/r ALL). [More]
UCB, Dermira enter into licensing agreement for development, commercialization of Cimzia

UCB, Dermira enter into licensing agreement for development, commercialization of Cimzia

UCB, a global biopharmaceutical leader, and Dermira, Inc., a privately held US-based dermatology company, announced today that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for the development and future commercialization of Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) in dermatology. [More]
Ralphs Pharmacies continue to offer Tdap vaccinations for whooping cough in Southern California

Ralphs Pharmacies continue to offer Tdap vaccinations for whooping cough in Southern California

As the number of pertussis cases, also known as whooping cough, reaches epidemic proportions in California, Ralphs Pharmacies continue to offer Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccinations at its 85 in-store pharmacies throughout Southern California. [More]
LINX Reflux Management System safe for patients suffering from GERD, shows new data

LINX Reflux Management System safe for patients suffering from GERD, shows new data

Torax Medical today announced the release of new data from two leading U.S. medical centers that further establishes the LINX Reflux Management System as a safe and effective procedure for patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). [More]
Viewpoints: Nothing in health care is free; Obamacare opponents lack facts; 'Nurse Jackie' and the ER

Viewpoints: Nothing in health care is free; Obamacare opponents lack facts; 'Nurse Jackie' and the ER

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Friday declaring that 76 million Americans with private insurance became eligible for more preventive services with no out-of-pocket fees as a result of the 2010 healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Because Democrats are counting on female voters to help them at the polls in November, the report highlighted how women had been helped by that aspect of Obamacare. [More]
State highlights: Caring for Texans injured on-the-job; heroin deaths in Md.; pertussis in Calif.

State highlights: Caring for Texans injured on-the-job; heroin deaths in Md.; pertussis in Calif.

In formerly depressed South Texas, gas flares from the fracking boom can be seen from outer space. While Texas has a Division of Workers' Compensation, it is the only state that doesn't require any private employer to carry workers' compensation insurance or a private equivalent, so more than 500,000 people have no occupational benefits when they get injured at work. That means they often rely on charities or taxpayers to pay for their care (Root, 6/29) [More]
Afrezza gets FDA approval to improve glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus

Afrezza gets FDA approval to improve glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder, a rapid-acting inhaled insulin to improve glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus. Afrezza is a rapid-acting inhaled insulin that is administered at the beginning of each meal, or within 20 minutes after starting a meal. [More]
Summer offers ideal opportunity to get tonsil removal

Summer offers ideal opportunity to get tonsil removal

Pool pass, sports camp, visiting relatives and getting tonsils removed are all normal activities for children during the summer months. [More]
Denosumab increases bone density for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis

Denosumab increases bone density for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis

Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who take denosumab long-term have increased bone density, sustained low rate of fractures, and a favorable benefit/risk profile, a new multinational study finds. [More]
Researchers study to look at online information available to lung cancer patients

Researchers study to look at online information available to lung cancer patients

Researchers from The University of Manchester have begun a study to look at the online information available to lung cancer patients in an era of diagnosis by google. [More]
Alexion announces that FDA grants ODD to Soliris for Myasthenia Gravis treatment

Alexion announces that FDA grants ODD to Soliris for Myasthenia Gravis treatment

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALXN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to Soliris® (eculizumab) for the treatment of patients with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), a rare, debilitating neurologic disorder caused by uncontrolled complement activation. [More]
Studies confirm importance of men seeing physician on regular basis

Studies confirm importance of men seeing physician on regular basis

For many men being a father is about staying strong as they protect and care for their family. Some men see going to the doctor as a weakness or nuisance, but protecting your health is one of the best things a father can do for his family. [More]
Researchers investigate correlation between lower back pain and genes

Researchers investigate correlation between lower back pain and genes

Lower back pain is a broad yet subtle subject. It has widely been associated with early degeneration of the discs of the human spine. [More]
Culture-based tests can help in accurate diagnosis of sore throats

Culture-based tests can help in accurate diagnosis of sore throats

Clinical guidelines conflict on testing teens and adults whose symptoms point to a possible strep throat. [More]
Sanofi and Lilly announces agreement to pursue regulatory approval of Cialis

Sanofi and Lilly announces agreement to pursue regulatory approval of Cialis

Sanofi and Eli Lilly and Company today announced an agreement to pursue regulatory approval of nonprescription Cialis (tadalafil). [More]