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Patients unhappy with UnitedHealth’s limits on insulin pumps

A new deal between UnitedHealthcare and device maker Medtronic means fewer options for UnitedHealth customers who need insulin pumps to treat Type 1 diabetes.

CDC failed to disclose lab mishaps to Congress

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Congress it left out 34 incident reports involving lab mistakes from information it provided to a congressional investigation in 2014, according to USA Today.

IT group wants interoperability standards for drug monitoring

As the House and Senate work in a conference committee on anti-opioid abuse legislation, a coalition called Health IT Now has asked lawmakers to lay out more specific standards on how different states’ prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) will be interoperable.

 

Study claims high drug prices lead to more long-term savings

A study released by Frank R. Lichtenberg of the Montreal Economic Institute said while the price of prescription drugs remains high, the implementation of medical innovation leads to more savings in the long run.

Zika vaccine goes to trial, but governmental and medical challenges abound

The effort to contain the Zika virus in North America could see a much-needed boost in the near future. Human-based vaccine trials could start within weeks, the drug’s developer announced.

 
White House announces $200M in organ donation research investments

In an effort to reduce the waiting list for organ donation, the administration of President Barack Obama announced several new actions at a White House summit June 13

Senate blocks restrictions on medical research funding in defense budget

The Senate voted 66-32 in favor a budget amendment to nullify a proposal to place restrictions on the more than $1 billion in medical research funded annually through the defense budget.

AMIA asks for new approach on ONC interoperability standards

Measuring interoperability as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) calls for a “patient-centric” and flexible strategy, wrote the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

FDA approves first implant to treat opioid dependence

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first buprenorphine implant, Probuphine, to treat addiction to both prescription and illegal opioids.

Data security framework released for Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

The final version of the policy principles governing data security efforts within President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) has been released.

 

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