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The more opioids they prescribe, the more money doctors make Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Kessler, Elizabeth Cohen and Katherine Grise | CNN   
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard Universityfound that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes.
 
Scott Signs School Safety Bill; NRA Launches Challenge Print E-mail
Written by News Service of Florida via Health News Florida   
Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Flanked by the parents of Broward County teenagers slain in the nation's second-worst school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a sweeping package addressing mental health, school safety and guns. Immediately, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the new law, which raises the age from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns. The age and waiting-period requirements already apply to buying handguns, but the NRA contends that the new restrictions on rifles are unconstitutional.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2018 17:04
 
Cigna Agrees to Buy Express Scripts for $67 Billion Print E-mail
Written by Nathaniel Meyersohn and Tami Luhby | CNN   
Friday, 09 March 2018 17:55

Cigna wants to buy Express Scripts for $67 billion. Cigna is one of the country's largest health insurers, and Express Scripts is one of America's biggest pharmacy benefits managers, which administer drug plans for more than 266 million Americans with employer and government health insurance.

If the deal clears regulators, it would be the latest merger to disrupt the health care industry, which has been under heavy pressure in recent years as the federal government, employers and others attempt to control soaring health care costs. Drug prices, in particular, are a target, and pharmacy benefits managers are key players in that arena since they negotiate rebates from drug manufacturers and discounts from drugstores.

The merger could give Cigna more control over drug prices, which is a major issue for insurers. Rival insurer Anthem  said last year that it would partner with CVS to start its own prescription drug plan manager. And UnitedHealth already has its own drug benefits manager, OptumRX.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2018 17:29
 
FL Senate Tees Up Gun Safety Legislation for Monday Vote Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 March 2018 18:18

The News Service of Florida, via Health News Florida on March 3, 2018, reports that the Florida Senate held a rare Saturday session, discussing legislation aimed at making schools safer, following the February 14th mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.

Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> http://conta.cc/2FZlAzv

Last Updated on Monday, 05 March 2018 18:23
 
Legal medical pot doesn't lead to increased use in teens, research shows Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 26 February 2018 19:40

With medical marijuana already legal in 29 states and even more states considering legalization, some believe that the inevitable next step is an increase in recreational marijuana use among adolescents. Dr. Christy Duan reports, in a 2/25/18 ABCnews.com post, that a new study published in Addiction busted that myth.

Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> http://conta.cc/2EU7eTz

Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 19:45
 
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