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Lawmakers Unveil Bill to Prevent Medicare Cuts to Doctors

(The Hill) Mar 19, 2015 - Bipartisan committee leaders in the House and Senate introduced legislation Thursday to permanently end automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare.

Commentary: This is welcome news and should be supported. However, there may be resistance in the Senate and among some members...



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Europe Postpones Decision On Bristol Immune System Cancer Drug

(Reuters) Mar 27, 2015 - European regulators have postponed a decision on whether to recommend approval of a closely watched Bristol-Myers Squibb drug that helps the immune system fight cancer, a spokeswoman for the European Medicines Agency said on Friday.
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MorphoSys Plunges Most Since 2002 After Ending Pact With Celgene

(Bloomberg) 26, 2015 - MorphoSys AG plunged the most in more than 12 years after it ended a collaboration with Celgene Corp. to develop a cancer drug, less than two years into the partnership.
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Lawmakers Unveil Bill to Prevent Medicare Cuts to Doctors (The Hill)

This is welcome news and should be supported. However, there may be resistance in the Senate and among some members...posted by: Joseph Bailes, MD

Drugmakers Turn Heat on Insurers by Backing Copay Limits (Bloomberg)

While I am somewhat in agreement that copay should be limited at some level, I find the backing by the manufacturers...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

ICD-10 Delay Soon Could be Back on Table (HealthData Management)

I have to wonder if ICD-10 will ever become a reality.posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

Report: Specialty Drugs Drive Prescription Spending Jump (ABC News/Associated Press)

No doubt that specialty drug spending is driving higher trends. Hep C started the ball rolling faster, and anticipated...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

In Cancer Wars, It's Doctors vs. Hospitals (MedPage Today/HealthLeaders Media)

There truly is a huge disconnect in the system. Presently the system rewards more expensive care in the hospital...posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD






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