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Former Lilly exec Alex Azar tabbed to head HHS

Former Lilly exec Alex Azar tabbed to head HHS

WASHINGTON — Biopharmaceutical industry executive Alex Azar has been nominated as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fill the post vacated by Tom Price. Azar is currently founder and chairman of Seraphim Strategies LLC, an Indianapolis-based consultancy focused on the biopharma and health insurance industries, including biopharmaceutical sales, marketing, pricing,

New plans afoot to recast health care system

New plans afoot to recast health care system

WASHINGTON — The effort to replace Obamacare has taken divergent paths, neither of which seems likely to produce a lasting alternative. Republicans, led by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, proposed taking funds budgeted for the Affordable Care Act and sending it to states as block grants along with the

NACDS warns Congress on danger of drug imports

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) sent a letter to all 100 U.S. senators last month ahead of a vote on an amendment that would allow Americans to purchase prescription drugs from Canada. In its letter, NACDS said that importation undermines the prescription drug safety net. “NACDS shares the goal

Report: Target lifting its minimum wage to $10

Report: Target lifting its minimum wage to $10

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. reportedly has begun raising its minimum wage to $10 an hour. The discount store chain’s management has communicated the $1-per-hour raise to store managers, who have started informing employees about the increase, according to sources cited by Reuters. Most employees who earn less than $10 per hour should see their base

Health care turmoil creates opportunity for Rx

Health care turmoil creates opportunity for Rx

More than five years after enactment of the Affordable Care Act, a measure designed to extend coverage to the uninsured and control expenditures, the turmoil in the U.S. health care system shows no signs of abating. Millions of Americans are still without health coverage, and health care costs continue to increase faster than the overall

Rx makers should work to reframe pricing debate

Rx makers should work to reframe pricing debate

The 2016 presidential race is already well under way. Despite thousands of speeches, interviews and, on the Republican side, two debates, there is a lot about the candidates’ thinking that needs to be clarified. One thing, however, is certain —  health care will be a prominent issue as the process of choosing Barack Obama’s successor