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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters say that Cardinal Health CEO George Barrett failed to set the correct "tone at the top" while the firm became embroiled in the opioid epidemic and allegedly overpaid its chief compliance officer for illicit sales. The group is asking shareholders to appoint an independent board chairman, stripping Barrett of the role.
Patients and patient advocacy groups at the US FDA's inaugural Patient Engagement Advisory Committee meeting said they need sponsors to minimize the burdens and augment the comforts of trial participation, and get reports on outcomes along the way. Meanwhile, industry groups worried about revealing too much confidential business information, and biasing trial outcomes.
More religious-based college employers, and for-profit businesses with moral objections to contraceptive coverage, will be able to issue health plans denying intrauterine device and birth control coverage to their employees and students starting in 2018, under the administration's Oct. 6-issued "conscience rights" exemptions from Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. The interim final rules could dampen sales of IUDs and implants that have risen 5% in the last year at Bayer Healthcare and Allergan.
Medicare lost $1.5bn in claims over a 10-year period to cover procedures to fix or replace seven faulty cardiac devices due to the lack of product-specific information on its claims form for malfunctioning defibrillators and pacemakers, says the US HHS Office of Inspector General. Recalls of Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Abbott/St. Jude Medical cardiac rhythm management devices are likely behind most of the cost.
US Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price resigned Sept. 29 following controversy over free flights on military and private jets. Price, a former orthopedic surgeon and Georgia congressman, had initiated a reset of Obama-era payment reforms and oversaw an active FDA commissioner during his short tenure.
Abbott Laboratories' Freestyle Libre Flash is the first continuous glucose monitoring system to gain US FDA approval that lets diabetics avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration to measure their glucose levels, "with the wave of a mobile reader," the agency says.