- FDA expands Merck drug's approval to treat lung cancer Updated: Oct-02-15 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials on Friday expanded approval of an innovative Merck drug to treat patients with an advanced form of the most common lung cancer.
- 4 ways companies may adjust to looming employee benefits tax Updated: Sep-30-15 5:53 pm
The taxman is coming to employer-sponsored health insurance, and his visit may trigger changes to your benefits.
- Financial health of state worker insurance program improved Updated: Sep-30-15 4:46 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - After hemorrhaging cash for months, Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers, public school employees and retirees is back on solid footing - though only after Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lessened benefits and raised costs on workers.
- Economists question Bush's prescription for lower gas prices Updated: Sep-29-15 9:41 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal, industry economists said Tuesday.
- Florida gov. calls for more regulation of hospitals Updated: Sep-28-15 8:13 pm
MIAMI - In his latest dispute with Florida hospitals, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday called for additional regulations, including a requirement that they disclose more information about prices charged to patients.
- Congressional Democrats push for Valeant Pharma subpoena Updated: Sep-28-15 2:38 pm
Congressional Democrats are pressing a Republican committee chairman to force a pharmaceutical company to turn over documents tied to price hikes imposed earlier this year.
- Multiple factors cause high prescription drug prices in US Updated: Sep-25-15 3:27 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Sticker-shocked patients increasingly wonder why prices for prescription drugs continue to rise in the U.S.
- State faces $10.6 million in retiree health benefit program Updated: Sep-25-15 1:54 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Facing a $10.6 million shortfall in the state's retiree health benefit program, policymakers considered a proposal Friday to raise copayments or premium contributions for the state's nearly 12,000 retirees.
- Clinton aims to tackle out-of-pocket health care costs Updated: Sep-23-15 6:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a series of steps on Wednesday to lessen the burden of out-of-pocket medical bills for Americans covered by President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Fury over drug price spikes rising, but increases aren't new Updated: Sep-23-15 6:07 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Hillary Clinton was among the patients and politicians who voiced outrage this week after it became public that the price of a 62-year-old drug used to treat a life-threatening infection had been raised by more than 5,000 percent.
- Company says will cut price of drug after accused gouging Updated: Sep-22-15 8:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The company that sparked an angry backlash after it raised the price of a drug for treating a deadly parasitic infection by more than 5,000 percent says it will roll back some of the increase.
- Clinton plan to reduce drug costs gets shrugs from industry Updated: Sep-22-15 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan to rein in prescription drug prices by reshaping how drugmakers do business is being met by skepticism within the industry.
- CEOs of Aetna, Anthem make case for health insurance mergers Updated: Sep-22-15 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Leaders of two major health insurers planning multibillion dollar acquisitions made their case to Congress that bigger can mean better in their industry, but concerns are being raised in Washington about how these deals will affect consumers and competition.
- Clinton seeking to curb rising costs of prescription drugs Updated: Sep-22-15 12:00 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out a new plan to rein in the rising cost of prescription drugs, moving to build upon President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Biotech stocks fall on Clinton vow to fight 'price gouging' Updated: Sep-21-15 7:01 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Stocks of makers of biologic and "specialty" drugs plunged Monday after Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said she'll soon release a plan to address "price gouging" in the industry.
- Some Minnesota marijuana patients opting to buy illegally Updated: Sep-20-15 11:32 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program, some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it.
- Correction: Overdose Antidote-Price Increase story Updated: Sep-20-15 8:42 am
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois - In a story Sept. 19 about the increase in cost for drugs used to treat heroin overdoses, The Associated Press misspelled the name of one of the drugs. It is Naloxone, not Naxolone.
- Novel plan to curb drug costs seeks candidates' attention Updated: Sep-18-15 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON - Consumer-friendly ratings of the benefits of new drugs. Limits on what patients pay. Requiring drug companies to disclose how much they actually spend on research.
- Amgen buys 1 company, partners with 2nd to create new drugs Updated: Sep-16-15 1:50 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Biotech drug giant Amgen has made two much-needed deals to replenish its stock of medicines in development as new competition to its lucrative biotech drugs threatens future revenue.
- First 'biosimilar' of a biologic drug reaches US, finally Updated: Sep-10-15 4:31 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Years after discounted versions of some of the most expensive drugs ever went on sale in other countries, they're finally coming to the world's biggest medicine market.