Health Headlines for July 8, 2021

Purdue Pharma to shut down, pay $4.5 billion in opioid lawsuit agreement, state AG says

Spectrum News

Under terms of the settlement, New York would receive at least $200 million over the next nine years.

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New federal rule could protect millions of New Yorkers from surprise medical bills

Crain’s NY

The rule is part of the No Surprises Act, passed by Congress in December and slated to take effect in January.

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The drug pricing lawsuit that could blow up Medicare

Axios

A federal judge will soon determine whether Pfizer can pay Medicare patients’ out-of-pocket expenses for one of its heart medications that is priced at $225,000 per year.

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Hospital chargemaster prices for generics up to 6,000% more than pharmacies

Becker’s Hospital Review

The researchers found that generic drugs may not be as affordable in an inpatient or emergency room setting as at a pharmacy, even if they’re the exact same medications.

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The worst patients in the world

The Atlantic 

Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending.

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