The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced an adult smoking cessation education campaign aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through messages of support that underscore the health benefits of quitting.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released new data from 2016 showing that upward trajectory of U.S. healthcare spending has slowed. The agency, in a report published in the January 2018 issue of Health Affairs that 2016 saw spending increase to 17.9% of U.S. gross domestic product. But that it only grew at a rate of 4.3% — down from the 5.1% and 5.8% spending growth rates seen in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Allergens are widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes, according to the nation’s largest indoor allergen study to date. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health on Thursday reported that more than 90% of homes had three or more detectable allergens, and 73% of homes had at least one allergen at elevated levels.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently shared its proposed changes to Medicare Part D, and it includes several measures that the industry has been seeking. The proposed rule includes changes regarding e-prescribing and medication therapy management, addressing opioid abuse and building pharmacy access, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said.
It’s been an interesting year for the generics industry.
Despite the challenges that manufacturers have faced from slowing generics spending growth, generics saved the U.S. healthcare system more than ever, and the past year has seen a record number of approvals.