Amazon acquires PillPack as it muscles its way into the health care industry

Jun 28, 2018
Hear that thud? That’s the sound of Amazon getting into the retail pharmacy business. Today the online retail giant snatched up PillPack, an online pharmacy that presorts prescription drugs and delivers them to your door. Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS…

House passes measure giving terminally ill patients more access to experimental drugs

May 23, 2018
More patients who are terminally ill will potentially have access to experimental drugs under a measure passed by the House last night. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the so-called “right-to-try” bill. Forty states have already passed similar legislation.…

Trump unveils plan for cutting drug prices. Will it work?

May 11, 2018
President Donald Trump on Friday took the wraps off his long-awaited plan for cutting drug prices. In a speech, the president announced measures to increase competition and pricing transparency as ways to drive down costs, which have been spiraling. He…

Capping out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare patients wouldn't lower drug prices

Apr 30, 2018
Several health economists and policy experts argue until Washington forces drug companies to lower their overall prices, an out-of-pocket Medicare cap is just dabbling at the edges.
A pharmacy technician counts out a prescription of antibiotic pills.
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Trump plans to fight opioid epidemic online, in ads

Mar 19, 2018
Congressional hearings on more than a dozen opioid bills start on Wednesday. Today President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to tackle the epidemic … including a multimillion dollar media blitz that he promises will keep kids from getting hooked on…

Cigna’s purchase of Express Scripts: Drug price relief ahead?

Mar 8, 2018
Health insurance giant Cigna announced its intent Thursday to buy Express Scripts, a company that negotiates prescription drug deals on behalf of insurers and large employers. This merger comes on the heels of the CVS-Aetna deal late last year, which…

Amazon would be a disrupter if it sold prescriptions

May 17, 2017
A report from CNBC says Amazon is getting more serious about becoming a place for you to buy your prescription drugs. Amazon could be a major disrupter, as it has been when it entered other sectors, from books to groceries. The…

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Report says state laws do little to curb opioid abuse

Jun 24, 2016
One of those measures includes making it hard for patients to get prescriptions from multiple doctors.
Alice D'Arpino (2nd L) of Mansfield, Massachusetts, holds a picture of her brother Emmett Scannell, who was killed by heroin overdose, as her mother Aimee D'Arpino (L) speaks during a news conference on the opioid epidemic May 19, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 
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More drama in prescription drug pricing

Dec 1, 2015
A firm hiked the price of a drug 50-fold, and now there's new generic competition.

The promise and problems of drug-finding apps

Nov 12, 2015
They help consumers find lower prices, but there's more to it than that.