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493% Increase in Opioid Use Disorder Diagnoses – ModernMedicine

Substance abuse disorder is now the fifth most impactful condition affecting commercially insured Americans. This is according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield study analyzing the patterns of opioid use and abuse in the United States. The study looked at medical claims from BCBS members diagnosed with opioid...
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Physicians should unite … to support Obamacare repeal – ModernMedicine

I had the great opportunity to visit the White House on March 13 and again on June 14. My visit in March was with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) om Price, MD, and 10 other business owners, nurses and physicians to discuss...
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Biosimilar familiarity expands – ModernMedicine

Dr. WuDermatologists and some psoriasis patients might soon grapple with switching from a biologic to a biosimilar. Infliximab-dyyb (Inflectra, Celltrion) a biosimilar to infliximab (Remicade/Janssen), which was FDA approved in 2016, is commercially available. Others may soon follow. Infliximab-abda (Renflexis, Samsung Bioepis) was approved in late April this ;...
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Study to recommend standards for telemedicine clears legislature – Greensboro News & Record

Legislative supporters of putting telemedicine on equal footing with other health care services have agreed to take a one-step-back approach in hopes of gathering more evidence to back their cause. The Senate approved House Bill 283 by a 47-0 vote Wednesday. The House voted 113-0 on concurrence on an...
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Swedish on-demand telemedicine company Kry raises $22.6M – MobiHealthNews

Stockholm, Sweden-based Kry, purveyors of an app-based telemedicine service, have closed on almost $ million in Series A funding led by Silicon Valley venture firm Accel Partners. Index Ventures, Creandum and Project A also returned to contribute to financing. The company received $ million in seed funding August 2016,...
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Telemedicine Creates Savings for Patients Who Don't Have to Transfer to Bigger ER – Daily Yonder

The overall cost to society of caring for emergency-room patients goes down by about $3,800 per patient when doctors employ telemedicine instead of transferring patients to a bigger hospital. Consumers come out better financially when you consider the cost of travel for family, lost work, and other indirect expenses....
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Walgreens/Rite Aid Merger Scrapped – ModernMedicine

The much-anticipated acquisition of Rite Aid Corporation by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. fell victim to antitrust concerns. After spending months undergoing antitrust scrutiny, the two companies have scrapped the deal and planned a smaller buyout. Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said in an...
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Controversy surrounds Exondys 51 approval: What to know – ModernMedicine

Although only 22 novel drugs were approved in 2016—fewer than half the number the previous year, according to the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research—one drug leaves a cloud of controversy behind it: Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The new medication, approved September 19, 2016,...
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Teledermatology viable for skin cancer diagnosis – ModernMedicine

Teledermatology may play a role in skin cancer diagnsosis,  an accumulating body of literature indicates, says Carrie Kovarik, , associate professor of dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, ; “Teledermatology can be a useful tool for evaluating individual pigmented lesions, particularly with the adjunctive use of dermoscopy,” she says. “Nevertheless, as...
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