Drugmaker Egalet said the FDA has approved its extended-release, abuse-deterrent morphine product Arymo ER "for management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate."
"We see how a lack of health insurance exacerbates illness and suffering," physician Dhruv Khullar writes in the Washington Post.
Speaking of health insurance, Senate Democrats launched a protest against the likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act, speaking late into the night on the Senate floor and talking up the issue on social media. (Roll Call)
HHS nominee Tom Price has a record of carrying water for "medical special interests" that have donated to his congressional campaigns, Kaiser Health News reports.
In a statement emailed to journalists, Trump transition spokesperson Philip Bland0 cried foul about Democrats demanding outside testimony about Price's views on policy at confirmation hearings. Blando – a longtime Washington health policy insider – claimed Price has support from the AAMC, which he erroneously described as the Association of Academic Medical Colleges rather than the Association of American Medical Colleges. Blando is in good company: Politico's Dan Diamond, among others, has made the same error.
The FDA said St. Jude Medical is distributing a software patch for its Merlin@home transmitter, used in conjunction with some of its implanted cardiac devices, to reduce the risk that it could be hacked to endanger patients' health. St. Jude had previously denied that there was a credible risk and the FDA said there have been no reports of actual patient harm.
Has the demand to answer every medical question with a randomized controlled trial had unintended consequences? Tara Haelle at Covering Health explores.
More than 300 health organizations are pleading with Congress to preserve the Prevention and Public Health Fund provision in the Affordable Care Act, noting the many and varied programs that the fund enables.
But in terms of the GOP march to repeal Obamacare, Robert Pear says the usual suspects have been surprisingly silent -- maybe stunned by the speed with which the Republican Congress is moving. (The New York Times)
The National Football League's concussion protocol is facing criticism after a player was cleared to reenter a game Sunday just one play after a vicious hit to the chin appeared to leave him senseless for several minutes. (Washington Post)
STAT's Dylan Scott predicts where the incoming Trump administration will continue Obama's policies on health and science and where they will diverge.
The maker of Prevagen, sold on late-night TV as a memory enhancer, is facing a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general's office, who say there's no proof of that it works. (Reuters)
Another medical condition with significant geographic variation: cat scratch disease. Best not to tease felines in the Southeast. (North Carolina Health News)
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