Category Archives: Government

DEA Ignores the Evidence; Keeps Marijuana on Parity with Heroin

In a long-awaited announcement, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. The decision, reported by Reuters,… Read more »

HHS Can’t Wait for Congress; Shifts $81 Million from NIH for Zika Fight

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus in the absence of… Read more »

Valeant Plummets on Criminal Probe of Philidor Unit

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Laval Quebec) did an about-face and fell 11% on Thursday as new details about a criminal investigation into the drugmaker reignited investor concerns about the company’s… Read more »

How is the Affordable Care Act Doing, as UnitedHealth Heads for the Exits: Editorial

The Affordable Care Act’s detractors seemed to get a comforting piece of new evidence last April when UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN), the country’s largest health insurer, announced it would pull… Read more »

Obama Administration Seeks Overhaul to Medicare Reimbursement for Heart-Attack Treatments

The Obama administration is seeking to restructure how the government pays for heart attack-related medical care in a bid to reduce health spending, officials announced last Monday. Medicare has long… Read more »

$1 Billion Medicare Fraud Case Reveals Profitable Black Market

In the largest healthcare fraud case the U.S. Justice Department has ever brought, prosecutors charged that the owner of a network of Florida nursing facilities orchestrated an elaborate scheme to… Read more »

Four Florida Zika Cases Likely Spread by Local Mosquitoes, CDC Says

U.S. health officials said Friday that four cases of Zika virus were transmitted locally by mosquitoes in Miami, the first evidence of the virus spreading that way in the continental… Read more »

Department of Justice Sues Anthem, Aetna to Block Insurer Mergers

Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) said its proposed $48 billion merger with rival health insurer Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) will lower consumer costs and extend coverage to more people, in response… Read more »

Report Says Alcohol-Related Deaths are Likely to Increase after Cuts by England in Alcohol Taxation; What Can We Learn Here in the States?

Alcohol related deaths are most likely set to increase in England as incomes outstrip rises in taxation, argue experts in The BMJ (British Medical Journal). This prediction is based on the… Read more »

U.S. Health Spending to Climb 5.8% a Year Through 2025

The nation’s healthcare bill this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the… Read more »