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How thousands of cancer patients were prescribed a drug that couldn’t help them

LA TIMES: The Food and Drug Administration frequently speeds experimental medicines to sale by approving them before scientific evidence shows they work.  For a drug called Tarceva, the FDA’s decisions resulted in thousands of lung cancer patients taking a drug that could not help them. Twelve years passed before the agency warned doctors in October that Tarceva only worked for a small number of patients with a rare gene mutation. Continue reading

Online health information is about the right Place at the right Time

An Altarum Institute survey found that most consumers seek health care information from providers, friends and family, and online searches. Of all information types, consumers are most dissatisfied with health care cost information . This is especially true for lower-income and uninsured consumers.

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Older Americans paying the price for brand name prescription drugs

KEY TAKEAWAY:Retail prices for widely used brand name prescription drugs increased substantially faster than general inflation in every year from 2006 to 2015. Between 2014 and 2015, retail prices for 268 brand name prescription drugs widely used by older Americans, including Medicare beneficiaries, increased by an average of 15.5 percent. In contrast, the general inflation rate was 0.1 percent over the same period. Continue reading