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Added Protections for Consumer Information on Health Website

January 26, 2015 8:46 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.          

Obama Administration Reverses on Health Care Privacy Problem

January 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare...

New Government Standards Target Pathogens in Poultry Products

January 22, 2015 8:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Standards proposed Wednesday by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and...

Government Closer to Goal of 9.1M Enrolled Under Health Law

January 22, 2015 7:57 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for...

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Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal Data

January 21, 2015 8:23 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing.               

New Privacy Concerns Over Government's Health Care Website

January 20, 2015 7:11 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.         

Large Gathering Causes Spike in Water Contaminants

January 15, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

Research by Taiwanese scientists shows a large music festival on the island resulted in a spike in a slew of chemical contaminants -- both over-the-counter and illicit -- in nearby waterways. The findings underscore the potential impact of pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs on the environment -- along with the lack of regulations needed to address those threats.

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Study: Fewer Struggle with Medical Costs as Coverage Grows

January 15, 2015 8:21 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.       

Health Care Sign-Ups Steady as Uninsured Rate Hits New Low

January 8, 2015 8:19 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration reported Wednesday that nearly 103,000 people signed up last week in the 37 states where the federal government is running online health insurance markets, bringing total enrollment for 2015 to 6.6 million in those states. The remaining states are running their own exchanges.

House Bill: Firms Could Skirt Health Law by Hiring Vets

January 7, 2015 8:46 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the new Congress' first day, the House unanimously approved Republican legislation Tuesday making it easier for smaller companies to avoid providing health care coverage to their workers by hiring veterans.       

Report Prompts Mixed View of Health Care Sign-Ups

January 2, 2015 11:46 am | by CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled. The administration called it "an encouraging start." 

GOP Legislators Thwart Bids to Expand Medicaid

January 2, 2015 8:43 am | by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare." While some of these governors themselves have criticized the president's health care law in general, they've come to see one component — Medicaid expansion — as too generous to reject.

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Crunch Time Again for Health Insurance Sign-Ups

December 15, 2014 8:51 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's push to cover America's uninsured faces another big test today. This time, it's not only how the website functions, but how well the program itself works for millions who are starting to count on it.     

Health Law Sign-Ups Pick Up

December 11, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration says sign-ups picked up last week under the president's health care law. More than 618,000 people selected a plan for 2015 from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, the Health and Human Services department reported.    

Lawmakers Wary of Genetically Modified Food Labels

December 10, 2014 2:06 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms — or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — would be misleading to consumers since there is no evidence that such foods are unsafe.

E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms

December 8, 2014 7:58 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine. Now, the battery-powered contraptions have computer chips to regulate puffs and temperature, track usage, talk to other electronic devices and even blink when "vapers" are near each other.

HealthCare.gov Average Premiums Going Up in 2015

December 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many HealthCare.gov customers will face higher costs next year, the Obama administration acknowledged in a report that shows average premiums rising modestly. However, officials said millions of consumers who are currently enrolled can mitigate the financial consequences if they are willing to shop around for another plan in a marketplace that's becoming more competitive.

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Advocates Urge Swift Senate Vote on Disability Aid

December 4, 2014 8:14 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of legislation that would allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts to pay for long-term expenses are urging a swift vote in the Senate after the House overwhelmingly passed the bill.     

FDA Wary of Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban

December 3, 2014 8:26 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Government health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks.         

Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options

November 25, 2014 1:34 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.                

Report: Sub-Standard Medicine Floods Afghan Market

November 19, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Half of all medicine available on the Afghan market has either been smuggled into the country or made under sub-standard conditions in neighboring Pakistan, according to a report released on Wednesday.        

Administration Says HealthCare.gov Working Well

November 18, 2014 9:07 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

As a crucial second sign-up season gears up, the Obama administration said Sunday that HealthCare.gov is stable and working well, a far cry from last year's frozen computer screens and frustrated customers.          

Missouri Panel Formed to Investigate Attorney General Koster’s Pharmaceutical Ties

November 12, 2014 3:03 pm | by SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Wednesday created a committee of lawmakers to review allegations that Attorney General Chris Koster has been influenced by lobbyist perks and campaign contributions.         

VA Chief Announces Sweeping Reforms

November 11, 2014 8:49 am | Videos | Comments

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald announced the largest restructuring in the agency's history in the wake of a scandal over delayed care.                  

Administration Dials Back Goal for Health Law Sign-Ups

November 10, 2014 3:36 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

With sign-up season launching this weekend, the Obama administration sharply dialed down expectations Monday for the second year of the president's push to provide health insurance for all Americans.         

Supreme Court Will Look at 'Obamacare' Subsidies

November 10, 2014 8:43 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.     

Mexican Meth Increasingly Supplanting At-Home Labs

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

Serialization: Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

October 30, 2014 11:11 am | by Kevin Swartz, Senior Engineer, IPS; Tina Gushue, Process Engineer, IPS | Blogs | Comments

A reminder to pharma manufacturers, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) deadlines are quickly approaching. Have you planned for the implementation of Transaction Documents for your packaged products and how to introduce them into your supply chain? Have you developed a strategy for implementing packaging serialized data and infrastructure?

North Dakota Court Bans Use of Drug in Abortions

October 29, 2014 8:44 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law that limits the use of drugs to perform abortions, a move abortion-rights supporters say will end the use of medications to perform the procedure.       

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