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. Patients to Receive Medical Records Through Mobile Apps? The New York Times. September 3, 2019.

Patients be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order a ride from Lyft. But, the public should be aware that patient data-sharing with apps could facilitate invasions of privacy.

2) U.S. Judge Order Drug Companies to Face Trial. Reuters. September 3, 2019.

A judge efforts by drugmakers, pharmacies and distributors to dismiss claims that they caused the nation’s opioid crisis. He stated that plaintiffs can try to prove that drugmakers’ deceptive marketing of the painkillers caused a massive increase in supply that pharmacies and distributors did not do enough to stop.

3) Michigan Receives $35 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction. Crains Detroit. September 4, 2019.

Michigan will receive about $35 million in new federal funding this year to track opioid deaths and to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

4) States Pass Record Number of Laws to Reel in Drug Prices. USA Today. September 5, 2019.

33 states have enacted a record 51 laws to address drug prices, affordability, and access. The laws include measures that authorize importing prescription drugs, screens for excessive price increases by drug companies, and oversight boards to set the prices states will pay for drugs.

5) U.S. Judge Approves CVS Purchase of Aetna. Reuters. September 4, 2019.

U.S. Judge rules that CVS’ purchase of Aetna is legal under antitrust law. However, the judge made it clear that the conditions of the merger were concerning.

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