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Health Headlines for Wednesday, May 2

POLL: 62% of NYers don’t finish prescribed opioids

WBFO 88.7

The latest Siena College poll on opioids says 24 percent of New Yorkers were prescribed opioids in the last two years.

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Bill would prohibit insurers from switching meds


A little-noticed provision in state regulations allows insurance companies to switch a patient’s medication in the middle of a contract, which some New Yorkers say has forced hard choices of whether to pay the mortgage, college tuition or higher prescription costs.

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Many independent oncology clinics closed or acquired by hospitals

Fierce Healthcare

The consolidation trend that has impacted independent physician practices across the country has also been seen in the oncology field.

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Too many cancer drugs? Crowded market gives investors pause


In London’s world-famous Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, Dr. Karin Straathof is excited about a new cell-based medicine that offers hope for toddlers with incurable nerve tissue cancer.

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