Category: Industry Updates

Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER | Health Care | US News

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn’t seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a

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Local News: Helping others beat addiction (10/18/17) | Monett Times

Doctor, counselor share experiences in jobs Many have heard the debilitating effects that methamphetamine has on the individuals who choose to use it, and no one is more familiar with those effects than the emergency room physicians who treat patients

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60 Minutes investigation: Congress and drug companies crippled DEA – Business Insider

A joint investigation from the Washington Post and CBS’ “60 Minutes” concluded that members of Congress alongside the pharmaceutical industry may have helped fuel the opioid crisis. Drug distributors — of which the three biggest are Cardinal Health, Amerisource Bergen, and McKesson — are in charge of shipping

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New Texas legislation protects health care consumers

While much was discussed and debated during the 85th Texas Legislative session, two important and successfully passed bills will help protect Texas healthcare consumers from the outrageous costs and confusion associated with freestanding emergency rooms. Senate Bill 507, authored by

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Patients don’t back Anthem’s new ER policy

Patients are not happy with Anthem’s new emergency room coverage policy, according to a new poll, although the health insurer says it is largely misunderstood.  The American College of Emergency Physicians polled more than 2,200 adults; two-thirds said they oppose insurance policies that don’t

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Opioid overuse doesn’t begin in the ER, study finds

When it comes to emergency room physicians, there’s a perception that they hand out opioids “like candy,” said Mayo Clinic researcher Molly Jeffery. That perception, though, is wrong. Jeffrey, the scientific director for the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine

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Doctors group speaks out against health insurer’s policy denying coverage of some ER visits

A major health insurance provider in Missouri is taking heat from a group of doctors.  American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) claims Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is warning members they may have to pay for trips to the emergency

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Cigna to stop covering prescriptions of powerful painkiller

Insurance giant Cigna announced they will no longer cover prescriptions for OxyContin starting Jan. 1, 2018. It is an effort to curb drug abuse, although they are replacing it with a drug that is equally addictive. It is reported that

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East Texas county becomes first in state to sue pharma companies over opioid crisis | Dallas News

Upshur County is suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in opioid addiction, a problem taxing the resources of cities and states across the country. The lawsuit announced Wednesday makes the East Texas county the first

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East Texas county sues drug companies, alleges role in opioid crisis | The Texas Tribune

Upshur County is suing a slew of prescription painkiller manufacturers and distributers in federal court, accusing them of fueling a nationwide opioid addiction epidemic. Other Texas governments may follow suit. An East Texas county is suing a slew of prescription painkiller manufacturers

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