Health News Headlines

blog-headlinesHere are the headlines in health from this week…

New blood pressure advice could mean less treatment — or none at all — for millions over the age of 60.  With two-thirds of Americans over 60 experiencing high blood pressure, new treatment guidelines released on Wednesday might mean fewer medications, lower doses or even none at all for millions of people.

Congress introduces new tele health legislation.  Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Bill Johnson (R-OH), members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over health care and technology issues, introduced bipartisan legislation to create a federal definition of telehealth. The Telehealth Modernization Act of 2013 would provide principles that states can look to for guidance when developing new policies that govern telehealth.”With technology rapidly changing and reaching every aspect of our daily lives we must ensure the regulatory environment keeps pace,” said Congresswoman Matsui.” Continue reading

The FDA and drug prices under the spotlight

drugpriceheadlinesAccording to the NY Times “a decision announced Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration to suspend sales of a leukemia drug, Iclusig, that was keeping patients alive but also significantly raising their odds of heart attacks, strokes, blindness, death and amputations” has led to concern that patients who are using the drug to stay alive may soon find it hard to refill their prescriptions.   “Despite the potential consequences, several doctors who treat people with the disease, chronic myeloid leukemia, said there were patients for whom nothing else works, and whose lives depend on the drug.” So who really should make the decision about treatment options ? Continue reading