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Medications needed to address “off” episodes and debilitating symptoms

Walmart reported Tuesday that it will no longer honor prescription drug coverage from CVS Health, leaving large numbers of Walmart customers searching for a new pharmacist. The move affects Walmart customers with CVS Caremark pharmacy coverage through employer-sponsored insurance and state Medicaid managed-care plans.

The law sets the stage for direct relationships with payers

New study says select patients with COPD phenotypes likely to respond to triple therapy

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent letters to 12 different drug companies seeking detailed information and documents about how the companies price their medications. The request is part of a new sweeping investigation into the industry's pricing practices.

Recommendations include combining two types of laxatives from different classes before escalating therapy

Between 6.2 million and 7.3 million people in the United States have been sick with influenza so far this season, CDC reported Friday. According to new data, 2.9 million to 3.5 million people have visited the doctor because of influenza, and up to 83,500 people have been hospitalized because of influenza.

CDC reported Thursday that the death rate from drug overdoses among women aged 30–64 years increased 260% from 1999 to 2017. Researchers said the number and rate of deaths involving antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, and synthetic opioids each increased during this time frame.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the new chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has attached his name to a trio of bills meant to lower drug costs, many of which have stalled in past sessions but that now enjoy renewed enthusiasm. One is a Grassley proposal with Sen.

Speaking to investors at the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference Tuesday, CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo said the company is launching a specialized program to help support Aetna members being treated for cardiovascular disease to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions.