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Gottlieb resigns as FDA commissioner

Gottlieb resigns as FDA commissioner

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is resigning, effective in about a month. The 46-year-old Gottlieb, who has been commuting weekly to the FDA office here from his home in Connecticut, wants to spend more time with his family, an administration official told The Washington Post. Health and Human Services

Prices boosted on hundreds of drugs

Prices boosted on hundreds of drugs

NEW YORK — Drugmakers are increasing the price of hundreds of drugs by an average of more than 6%, according to a new analysis by Rx Savings Solutions. With pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to hold down prices mounting, many of the increases are relatively small. But some generics are seeing steep hikes, and overall

Merlo sets record straight on rebates

Merlo sets record straight on rebates

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The Trump administration’s blueprint to lower drug prices has put the spotlight on the rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefits managers with drug manufacturers. During a recent conference call, CVS Health president and chief executive officer Larry Merlo addressed the issue while making a spirited defense of the role of PBMs in containing

Senate confirms Alex Azar as HHS secretary

Senate confirms Alex Azar as HHS secretary

WASHINGTON — Former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar has been confirmed by the Senate as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Nominated for the HHS secretary post in November by President Donald Trump, Azar was approved by the Senate on Wednesday in a 55-43 vote, mainly

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

Trump chooses harsh critic of ACA to head HHS

WASHINGTON — The choices of Tom Price and Seema Verma for top health positions under Donald Trump have reaffirmed the president-elect’s commitment to toppling the Affordable Care Act. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and fierce critic of Obamacare, was picked as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), while Verma,

HHS projects rise in ACA health coverage

HHS projects rise in ACA health coverage

It was just a blip — maybe you missed it — but health care was indeed mentioned in last night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. And it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump that brought it up. During the discussion on the economy, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News tried to get the candidates to

Walgreens, HHS offer vouchers for free flu shots

Walgreens, HHS offer vouchers for free flu shots

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Again this year, Walgreens is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide more than $10 million of free flu shot vouchers for the upcoming flu season. The drug chain and HHS are distributing the vouchers via a range of outreach efforts, local events, and community and

HHS’ Burwell asks pharmacies to help spur ACA enrollment

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell stopped at an H-E-B grocery store here, where she drew attention to the December 15 enrollment deadline for consumers who wanted their health insurance plans to become active on ­January 1. Although open enrollment for 2016 health insurance plans continued through

CVS, HHS team up to promote online health tool

CVS, HHS team up to promote online health tool

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promote myhealthfinder, an online health tool. CVS said Tuesday that it’s the first national partner to work with HHS to take advantage of the department’s technology-based tools, developed by its Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

HHS to eye the pricing of generics

HHS to eye the pricing of generics

WASHINGTON — The federal government is looking into the effect of generic drug price increases on Medicaid. The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will compare generic price increases between 2005 and 2014 to the inflation rate. The probe comes in response to questions raised about generics

Rx chains help keep ACA focused on consumers

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Highlighting the Obama administration’s partnerships with drug chains to boost health plan enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell last month toured a CVS/pharmacy store here. Burwell’s visit also was intended to urge people to sign up for health insurance by the February 15 deadline in the current open enrollment period