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There was a significant increase in insertions of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among commercially insured women during the 30 business days after the 2016 presidential election, according to new research.

In January, Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), and Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), reintroduced The Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act (H.R. 803), which would prohibit Medicare Part D plans’ PBMs from reducing payments retroactively through DIR fees to pharmacies. The policy applies to clean claims submitted by pharmacies under prompt-pay provisions.

CDC researchers concluded in a February 1 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that recent safety monitoring for the recombinant zoster vaccine ([RZV] Shingrix—GlaxoSmithKline), which was licensed in October 2017, are consistent with prelicensure clinical trial data—meaning that serious adverse events were rare.

FDA is warning patients and health care professionals that some test strips used to monitor warfarin levels may provide inaccurate results and should not be relied upon to adjust the drug dosage. In November 2018, Roche Diagnostics recalled more than 1.1 million packages of CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips.

The reported prevalence of CVD in 2019 is much higher than in the past, mainly driven by the way high blood pressure is now defined.

HHS proposed on Thursday a rule that would reduce prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs by calling on manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and increasing transparency to prescription drug markets.

The increasing cost of prescription drugs was the focus of hearings in committees in both houses of Congress on Tuesday. The hearings in the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Finance Committee both featured mothers of insulin-dependent children. Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he plans to investigate insulin's rising price.

The American Society of Hematology has developed new guidelines for managing venous thromboembolism that focus on current areas of uncertainty and variation in clinical practice in the management of both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Intensive blood pressure control did not significantly reduce dementia risk among adults with hypertension, but it did reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to new research.

A new study is adding to the body of evidence that steering clear of diabetes will reduce an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease