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Centene names Cynthia Brinkley as president and COO

Centene Corp. has named Cynthia Brinkley as president and COO. Brinkley, who is relative newcomer to the healthcare industry, was responsible for the integration of Health Net after Centene acquired it in 2016.

FDA Approves Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) for Hemophilia A with Inhibitors

November 16, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adult and pediatric patients with hemophilia A who have developed antibodies called…

IlliniCare slashing rates to Medicaid suppliers

IlliniCare, a private insurer that’s part of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Medicaid managed care overhaul, is cutting reimbursement rates to medical suppliers by up to 50%. The move not only will impact suppliers’ business, but could fuel their…

FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some patients may be vulnerable to stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful. Here’s what to know before you consider stem cell treatment.

Guest Commentary: We need to have those conversations about end of life

The doctor cannot get to the point. He is trying. But even when his patient asks him directly, “Are you saying I’m dying?” he fumbles, unable to simply answer, “Yes.”

FDA Approves Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa) for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII

November 15, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa-vjbk) to treat pediatric and adult patients with an inherited metabolic condition called mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII), also known as…

FDA Approves Fasenra (benralizumab) for Severe Eosinophilic Asthma

November 14, 2017 — AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fasenra (benralizumab) for the add-on maintenance treatment of…

Trinity Health combines St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Mercy Health

As part of its nationwide plan to integrate teams and resources, Trinity Health is combining St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health into one statewide system in Michigan.

Famed health economist Uwe Reinhardt dies

Uwe Reinhardt, a Princeton University professor, used a combination of ironic humor, rigorous grasp of health economics, and lucid speaking and writing style to become perhaps the nation’s foremost popularizer of healthcare policy issues.

FDA Approves Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole) Pill with Sensor to Digitally Track if Patients Have Ingested Their Medication

November 13, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that…

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