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Sanders, Cummings Urge Department Of Justice To Launch Criminal Investigation Into Generic Drugmakers’ Prices

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said they are concerned about allegations that 20 major drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate the prices of more than 100 generic drugs, with the companies making billions in the process. In other pharmaceutical and biotech news: how a photocopier mistake caused a major headache; an investigation into a biohacker; a questionable sickle cell disease drug heads to the FDA; and more.

Party Lines Fall By The Wayside During Hearing Over What To Do About Surprise Medical Bills

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Although many lawmakers agree that surprise medical bills are an urgent problem, the devil is in the details of how to determine who gets stuck with the costs. “I worry that if Congress chooses the wrong approach, consumers will simply end up paying those costs through higher premiums,” Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said at the opening of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing. “We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

Pelosi Addresses Some Of The Rumblings Of Discontent From Progressives Over Leadership’s Drug Pricing Plan

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The progressive wing of Democratic House lawmakers is angry over the way leadership has been crafting its drug pricing strategy. On Wednesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would take one of their key criticisms and adjust the number of drugs that Medicare could negotiate over. Meanwhile, the progressives called for six drugmakers to testify over price increases next week.

Doctors Suggest More Could Have Been Done To Save Detained Migrant Boy Who Died Of The Flu

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It’s rare for a teenager to die of the flu. “By the time you’re 16 years old, you have great immunity, and you shouldn’t be dying so quickly,” said Dr. Nizam Peerwani, the Tarrant County medical examiner in Fort Worth, Texas. The boy’s death is one of several that’s shining a light on the quality of care detained migrant children receive in U.S. custody. Meanwhile, the government is opening a new mass facility in Texas to deal with the surge in children.

Senators Release Names Of Nearly 400 Nursing Homes With ‘Persistent Record Of Poor Care’ That Are Not Publicly Identified

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The list was provided by CMS and released by Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. The 400 facilities have similar problems to a small list released by the government, but these were withheld from the public. “We’ve got to make sure any family member or any potential resident of a nursing home can get this information, not only ahead of time but on an ongoing basis,” Casey, a Democrat, and Toomey, a Republican, said in their report.

Proposal To Force Insurers, Hospitals To Disclose Secretly Negotiated Prices Stirs Such Vocal Opposition It May Get Dropped

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President Donald Trump is working on an executive order intended to increase price transparency across the health care landscape. But one of the aspects to the order is provoking intense backlash. Compelling disclosure of negotiated rates “would have the ultimate anti-competitive effect,” said Tom Nickels, the American Hospital Association’s executive vice president for government relations and public policy.