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A state appeals court in New Jersey ruled on Tuesday that the state’s newly passed law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drug can move forward. The ruling overturns a lower court’s recent decision blocking the law. The law, titled the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, would allow patients with [...]

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An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $572.1 million to the state for their role in the state’s opioid crisis. The first trial of an opioid manufacturer, the decision is also the first holding a drug-maker culpable for the opioid epidemic. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter alleged that J&J’s false [...]

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Numerous Democratic senators authored a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday to urge the agency to take action against a drug company that hid falsified data while seeking approval for the most expensive gene therapy in US history. Led by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the senators requested the FDA to take [...]

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The Canadian government on Friday announced major reforms to the country’s price regulations on patented drugs. The changes are the “most significant reforms to the regulations” since 1987, according a recent press release by Health Canada. Overall, the new regulations will serve as the first step in the implementation of Canada’s proposed national pharmacare plan. [...]

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A federal judge ruled on Monday that the state of Nevada cannot join in litigation against an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision mandating employers to offer birth control to employees. Nevada attempted to intervene as a defendant in order to defend the provision. Originally, private citizens and companies sued the Department of Health and Human [...]

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Utah’s Supreme Court has unanimously struck down a state law requiring medical malpractice plaintiffs to obtain a “certificate of compliance” from a state agency. The court ruled that the law, known as the Malpractice Act, was unconstitutional as it violates the separation of powers doctrine by limiting the role of the judiciary. In Utah, a [...]

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A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration can expand the sale of short-term health insurance policies that do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule, originally promulgated by the Department of Labor, Treasury, and Human and Health Services in August 2018, redefined the requirements of a [...]

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US Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill on Thursday that proposes to fast-track FDA approval for drugs and medical devices already authorized in other countries. Known as the Reciprocity Ensures Streamlined Use of Lifesaving Treatments Act, or the RESULT Act, the bill advocates for the reciprocal approval of drugs. In [...]

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A federal appeals court on Friday upheld an injunction against regulations allowing employers with religious or moral objections to deny birth control coverage to employees. The recent ruling affirms the injunction originally issued in January, which found the Department of Health & Human Service (HHS) exceeded its authority. The two final rules in contention are [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday struck down a final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring drug manufacturers to disclose their prices in TV ads. The final rule was an attempt by the Trump administration to combat rising drug prices. Specifically, drug [...]

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