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How insurance providers deny hepatitis C patients lifesaving drugs

Harvoni denied to patients 'not sick enough'Amber Rojas was almost eight months pregnant when she learned she had hepatitis C. After her daughter was born on Dec. 23, 2014, Rojas had hoped to start treatment with a newly approved, highly effective drug called Harvoni.

After filing for prior authorization and waiting for months, the 34-year old mother received an unwelcome letter on August 27, 2015 — her treatment request had been denied because her liver was still too healthy. Rojas said that even though she felt very sick with flu-like symptoms, her insurance provider deemed her “not sick enough to qualify.”


Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey critically ill in deterioration that shocks experts

Pau;one CafferkeyPauline Cafferkey, the nurse who suffered complications from the Ebola infection she contracted while volunteering in west Africa, is now critically ill, the Royal Free hospital in London has said.

The announcement shocked medical experts. While it is recognised that the virus can linger in parts of the body after a patient has recovered, it has never before been known to trigger potentially lethal disease months after the initial illness.


Transatlantic divide: how U.S. pays three times more for drugs

UK drug prices three times USU.S. prices for the world's 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out for Reuters.

The finding underscores a transatlantic gulf between the price of treatments for a range of diseases and follows demands for lower drug costs in America from industry critics such as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.


Studies say 1/3 of young men in China to die from smoking

Smoking deaths in chinaResearch published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.

The studies, conducted by researchers from Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Center for Disease Control, show that two-thirds of the young men in China start to smoke, mostly before age 20, and that half of those will eventually be killed by tobacco unless they stop permanently.


Obama signs bill preventing healthcare cost increase

ObamaPresident Obama signed changes into Obamacare preventing health insurance premium increases for millions.

The rare bipartisan changes, called the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, will ensure some 3 million people won't see a spike in premiums in 2016. The bill was passed by both chambers without a single "no" vote and signed by the president Wednesday without controversy or fanfare.


FDA approves new treatment for advanced lung cancer

new lung cancer drugThe Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors have a specific genetic mutation.

The drug, Keytruda, was given breakthrough therapy designation and a sped-up approval because it was deemed to be a significant improvement over available treatments based on the results of clinical trials.


California governor signs assisted suicide bill

California assisted suicide bill signedCalifornia will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.

The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows doctors to prescribe medication to end a patient's life if two doctors agree the person has only six months to live and is mentally competent.


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