Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) FDA to hold two-day meeting on off-label drug marketing. STAT, November 8, 2016.

The FDA will hold a public meeting to review the extent to which off-label information about medicines may be given to physicians.

2) Walgreen Sues Theranos, Seeks $140 Million in Damages. The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2016.

Walgreen sued its former lab-testing partner, alleging a breach of contract.

3) CMS to pay hospitals to drop coverage appeals. Modern Healthcare, November 7, 2016.

CMS is trying to clear a backlog of Medicare appeals by offering to pay hospitals a portion of denied claims for dropping pending appeals.

4) U.S. watchdog told Medicare, Medicaid that EpiPen was misclassified in 2009: senator. Reuters, November 8, 2016.

EpiPen was improperly classified as a generic drug in 2009.

5) Tenet Healthcare sued for $1.5 billion over tuberculosis exposure. Modern Healthcare, November 8, 2016.

A class action is accusing Tenet of failing to protect patients and newborns from being exposed to tuberculosis.

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