Abbott Presents Data Exploring Relationship Of Physical Function To Inflammation And Structural Damage In RA

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 09 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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Abbott (NYSE: ABT) presents results from a pooled analysis of two pivotal HUMIRA® (adalimumab) studies, which look at patients with early and long-standing moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), at the American College of Rheumatology meeting in Atlanta.

Anti-TNF Biologic Cimzia Treatment Can Benefit RA Patients With Long-standing Disease And Exposure To Multiple Previous Therapies Including Biologics

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Article Date: 09 Nov 2010 – 11:00 PST

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New drugs for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are usually tested in clinical trials where patients are recently diagnosed and have not been treated with medications other than the standard therapy. Whether patients with long-standing disease or who have failed to respond to a range of treatments will benefit is often unknown. Lack of evidence of a drug’s efficacy in this situation, coupled with the expense in the case of some new agents, can make doctors unwilling to try them. This is especially the case if patients have not responded well to other disease-modifying treatments in the past.

Shedding Light On Aromatase Inhibitor Joint Pain Syndrome

Main Category: Breast Cancer
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Pain / Anesthetics;  Body Aches
Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 0:00 PST

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Breast cancer patients are more likely to have joint pain from taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) if they have advanced stage cancer, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, held Nov. 7-11, in Atlanta. The study is one of the first to identify factors that increase the likelihood that a patient will suffer joint pain from AI therapy.

Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors Rule Announced To Help Reduce Improper Payments

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 08 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new rules to help states reduce improper payments for Medicaid health care claims through the use of Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) as part of the Affordable Care Act’s larger strategy to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system. Medicaid RACs are contractors, working for States, that will audit payments made to health care providers to identify Medicaid payments that may have been underpaid or overpaid, and recover overpayments or correct underpayments, similar to the RAC program in Medicare.

New Report Shows Affordable Care Act Savings Of $3,500 For Medicare Beneficiaries

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 08 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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Lower prescription drug costs, reduced waste, fraud, and abuse, and improvements to care quality and increased system-wide efficiency will reduce costs in traditional Medicare

Home Health, Other Medicare Providers Face Pay Cuts

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Seniors / Aging;  Primary Care / General Practice;  Public Health
Article Date: 08 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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Bloomberg/The Washington Post: Home health providers face Medicare payment cuts next year. “Gentiva Health Services and Amedisys are among the providers of at-home health care to receive lower Medicare payments next year under U.S. government changes to the program.

Arcadia Resources To Launch DailyMed™ Pharmacy Program In Kansas

Main Category: Pharmacy / Pharmacist
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 09 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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Arcadia Resources, Inc. (NYSE Amex: KAD), a leading provider of innovative consumer health care services under the Arcadia HealthCare(SM) brand announced that a WellPoint, Inc. affiliated health plan will offer its members in Kansas the opportunity to enroll in Arcadia’s DailyMed™ Pharmacy Program beginning this month.

Election Postmortems Continue Regarding Health Overhaul

Main Category: Health Insurance / Medical Insurance
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Seniors / Aging
Article Date: 09 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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Palatin Technologies, Inc. Announces Positive Safety Results In Subcutaneous Bremelanotide Trial In Men

Main Category: Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Also Included In: Sexual Health / STDs;  Clinical Trials / Drug Trials
Article Date: 18 Aug 2010 – 2:00 PDT

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Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PTN) announced positive results of a Phase 1 clinical trial of subcutaneously administered bremelanotide, its melanocortin agonist drug candidate for treatment of male erectile dysfunction (ED) and female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The results demonstrate that with subcutaneous administration consistent therapeutic blood plasma levels can be obtained without sustained clinically significant blood pressure effects and support the continued development of bremelanotide.

Many Older Adults With Diabetes Are Sexually Active But Have Problems

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Main Category: Diabetes
Also Included In: Seniors / Aging;  Women’s Health / Gynecology;  Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Article Date: 30 Aug 2010 – 10:00 PDT

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New research from the University of Chicago found that many middle-aged and older Americans with diabetes are sexually
active but more likely to experience sexual problems compared with counterparts without diabetes.