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Trump Administration Issues Plan for Drug Imports

The Trump administration announced last week (July 31) a plan for allowing the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from other countries, particularly Canada. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued a plan outlining the steps it will take, including issuing a regulation to allow for states and pharmacies to submit drug importation pilot programs for approval.

Since 2009 the National Retiree Legislative Network has advocated that Americans, especially retirees living on fixed incomes, be allowed to have access to safe, lower priced imported drugs that meet the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards.

The NRLN’s lobbying efforts to gain prescription drug importation has included Action Alerts to members of Congress and President Trump; a petition to President Trump signed by 5,824 NRLN grassroots advocates, a meeting that the NRLN Executive Director and I had with an HHS Under Secretary, and two installments of our whitepaper on high prescription drug prices that we have lobbied on Capitol Hill during fly-ins. (Access whitepaper.)

Our lobbying efforts for the importation of safe and lower priced medicines is a testament to the NRLN’s tenacity to constantly keep pressure on policy makers and our patience to gain our objective.


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An important element of the Administration’s plan is that the FDA will work on safety guidelines for drug manufacturers who want to import any drugs they sell in foreign countries to the U.S. market. The manufacturer would have to prove to the FDA that the overseas version of the drug is the same as the FDA-approved version, and allow Americans to purchase the same drug for less money.

Ned Sharpless, acting FDA Commissioner said, “The FDA has the resources to do this. The agency is interested in considering any reasonable proposal that maintains the bedrock of safety and efficacy for the American consumer.”

“For the first time in HHS’s history, we are open to importation,” Secretary Azar said on a call with reporters. “What we’re saying today is we’re open. There is a pathway. We can be convinced.”

As you would expect, the pharmaceutical industry, a powerful force in Washington, DC, opposes the plan. “We haven't spoken about this plan with the pharmaceutical industry,” Azar said.

Azar said complex regulations setting up the system could take “weeks and months.” He called on Congress to pass legislation that would lend its muscle to the effort, making it harder to overturn the policy in court [from drugmaker lawsuits].

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network


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The articles and opinion pieces below are for information and are not necessarily a reflection of the NRLN’s position on issues. The NRLN is nonpartisan and its positions on retirement issues are presented in its Legislative Agenda and white papers that can be accessed from the Legislative Agenda tab.

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Angry Your Doctor Won't Tell You What That Test Costs? You Should Be!
From Peter Ubel; Forbes ~ Aug 20, 2019

Ending Surprise Medical Bills: The Very Good, The Good And The Ugly
From John C. Goodman; Forbes ~ Aug 20, 2019

Nabriva prices two pneumonia antibiotic versions at over $200 per day
By Saumya Joseph; Reuters ~ Aug 19, 2019

Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts
By Linda A. Johnson & Nicky Forster; The Associated Press ~ Aug 19, 2019

One small drug, one giant leap for tuberculosis treatment
From Dr. Amesh A. Adalja; The Hill ~ Aug 17, 2019

Create your personal Medicare account
Via Greg Dill; Santa Monica Daily Press ~ Aug 17, 2019

Medicare must protect access to innovative treatments for seniors
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The price of a cup of coffee may be the answer to fixing Social Security
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Aug 17, 2019

Family healthcare spending now equals the cost of a new Harley-Davidson, report says
By Maureen Groppe; USA TODAY ~ Aug 16, 2019

Canada plots response to U.S. import plan after meeting with stakeholders
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Getting A Parent With Dementia The Best Long-Term Care For The Money
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Elderly Bankruptcy Is On The Rise -- Here's Why
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‘Apparent Coordinated Obstruction:’ Lawmakers Renew Investigation Of Generic Drugmakers’ Pricing
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Trump health chief: Officials actively 'working on' ObamaCare replacement plan
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Aug 15, 2019

New PBGC Multi-Employer Insolvency Projections: Eh, Not So New After All
From Elizabeth Bauer; Forbes ~ Aug 12, 2019

Trump health official: Controversial drug pricing move is 'top priority'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Aug 15, 2019

FDA warns consumers about the dangerous and potentially life threating side effects of Miracle Mineral Solution
U.S. Food & Drug Administration ~ Aug 12, 2019

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs
By Phil Galewitz; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 14, 2019

Breaking Down The Basics Of HSAs
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Aug 14, 2019

America is facing a pension crisis. Retirees will pay the price if we don't act now
By John Boehner & Joe Crowley; CNN Business ~ Aug 14, 2019

Chief Adviser On Prescription Drug Pricing To Quit HHS
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 13, 2019

Opinion: Private sector vs. Medicare? It's basically the same thing
By Ted Doolittle; The Hill ~ Aug 13, 2019

More Patients Are Getting Hit With Surprise Medical Bills, And The Price Tags Are Going Up, Too
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 13, 2019

Opinion: The Most Overlooked Way Medicare Beneficiaries Can Save On Drug Costs
From Diane Omdahl; Forbes ~ Aug 13, 2019

Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks To Let Medicare Patients Appeal Gap in Nursing Home Coverage
By Susan Jaffe; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 12, 2019

Here's What "Cutting" Social Security Benefits Actually Means
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Aug 11, 2019

Congress is considering big changes to the way you retire. Here’s what could make the cut
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Aug 10, 2019

Opinion: Drug importation won't keep Big Pharma in check
From Margarida Jorge; The Hill ~ Aug 09, 2019

The Hidden Retirement Crisis: Older Americans' Debt
From Chris Farrell, NA; Forbes ~ Aug 09, 2019

Op-Ed: A smarter way to curb drug prices through imports
From Henry I. Miller & John J. Cohrssen; Los Angeles Times ~ Aug 05, 2019

7 Reasons Social Security Is in Big Trouble
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Aug 09, 2019

Graham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Aug 08, 2019

Senate bill aims to protect taxpayers from costly drugs
By Andrew Siddons; Roll Call ~ Aug 08, 2019

Opinion: Senate's Prescription Drug Pricing Bill's Limited Impact On Drug Prices
From Joshua Cohen; Forbes ~ Aug 07, 2019

Shift to value-based payment will require new staffing mix for primary care, analysis finds
By Joanne Finnegan; FierceHealthcare ~ Aug 08, 2019

Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies
By Deena Beasley; Reuters ~ Aug 07, 2019

Price Transparency - Again: Eating the Elephant In Little Bites
From Jeff Gorke; Forbes ~ Aug 07, 2019

Opinion: IRS Introduces New Tax Withholding Estimator To Help Taxpayers Avoid Surprises In 2020
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Aug 06, 2019

Companies are racing to dump their pension plans
By Jennifer A. Kingson; Axios ~ Aug 07, 2019

FDA says some data used to approve world's most expensive drug was faulty
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Aug 06, 2019

Why don't we pay congressional salary based on results?
By Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.); The Hill ~ Aug 06, 2019

PBGC projects improving single-employer program, insolvency for multiemployer one
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Aug 06, 2019

Financial Relief Available For Dementia Victims, Families Say Experts
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Aug 06, 2019

Beware: Fake IRS Letters Are Making The Rounds This Summer
From Kelly Phillips Erb; Forbes ~ Aug 06, 2019

American Kidney Fund Steered Financial Aid To Patients Of Its Two Biggest Corporate Donors, Lawsuit Claims
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 05, 2019

Association created for global study of pensions
By Robert Steyer; Pensions & Investments ~ Aug 05, 2019

Drugmakers Master Rolling Out Their Own Generics To Stifle Competition
By Jay Hancock & Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 05, 2019

Opinion: The Democrats missed a big opportunity during the debates
By Alessandra Malito; MarketWatch ~ Aug 04, 2019

Working Americans Doubt Durability of Retirement Income, Growing Body of Research Finds
By Nick Fortuna; Barron’s ~ Aug 04, 2019

Trump administration considers September unveiling of healthcare plan: WSJ
By Katanga Johnson; Reuters ~ Aug 03, 2019

The biggest bull market ever — yet disaster looms for millions of retirees
By Paul Brandus; MarketWatch ~ Aug 03, 2019

Cutting Interest Rates Hurts Retirees the Most
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Aug 03, 2019

These pension plans are at risk of going broke. Now lawmakers need to agree on a fix
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Aug 02, 2019

Opinion: Recent breaches reaffirm it's time to modernize the Social Security Number
From Steve Grobman & James Lewis; The Hill ~ Aug 02, 2019

Opinion: Republicans' rendezvous with reality — their plan is to cut Social Security
From Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.); The Hill ~ Aug 02, 2019

Congress approves Trump-backed two-year spending, debt limit deal
By Richard Cowan; Reuters ~ Aug 01, 2019

The Social Security 2100 Act is critical for millennials and small business owners
From Alex Lawson & Kymone Freeman; The Hill ~ Aug 01, 2019

Opinion: Everyone’s Social Security Number Has Been Compromised. Here’s How To Protect Yourself.
From Suzanne Rowan Kelleher; Forbes ~ Aug 01, 2019

Beware, the IRS is eyeing your inherited money
By Bill Bischoff; MarketWatch ~ Aug 01, 2019

Trump And The Senate Make Significant Progress On Hospital Price Transparency
By Avik Roy; Forbes ~ Jul 31, 2019

Genetic-Testing Scam Targets Seniors And Rips Off Medicare
By Melissa Bailey; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 31, 2019

Senate Democrats to force vote on Trump health care moves
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jul 31, 2019

Drug industry lashes Trump for Canada importation plan
By Sarah Owermohle & Arthur Allen; Politico ~ Jul 31, 2019

Trump administration issues plan to allow imports of cheaper prescription drugs
By Peter Sullivan, The Hill – July 31, 2019

Does your small business still not offer a retirement plan? A new rule could change that
By Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA Today – July 29, 2019

The overarching theme of TrumpCare: more choice, less cost
From Dr. Marc Siegel; The Hill ~ Jul 30, 2019

Economists press Senate to save ACA's controversial 'Cadillac' tax
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 29, 2019

How Conflicted Is Your IRA Advisor?
From Bob Carlson; Forbes ~ Jul 30, 2019

Sears Retirees’ Life Insurance Payouts Could Be Just $135 Each
By Josh Saul; Bloomberg ~ Jul 30, 2019

Medicare pilot gives physicians access to patients' claims data
By Jessica Kim Cohen; Modern Healthcare ~ Jul 30, 2019

Opinion: Your Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now: How APPs Are Expanding Care Delivery
From Jeff Gorke; Forbes ~ Jul 30, 2019

If Senate fails on Secure Act, workers lose
From Susan K. Neely; The Hill ~ Jul 30, 2019

Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue?
By Janet Rae-Dupree; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 29, 2019

Opinion: Congress and Wall Street can move disease research closer to treatments, cures
From Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) & Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) ; The Hill ~ Jul 29, 2019

Opinion: Congress, the administration, and the kidney community could dramatically transform kidney care
From Dr. Allen R. Nissenson; The Hill ~ Jul 29, 2019

Hurry up and wait: Docs say insurers increasingly interfere
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jul 29, 2019

Despite calls to start over, US health system covers 90%
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 28, 2019

Opinion: Despite GOP Lawsuit, Insurers Say Obamacare Having Best Year Yet
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jul 28, 2019

Rising National Debt Isn't as Big of a Problem for Social Security as You Might Think
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jul 26, 2019

5 Social Security Changes in 2020 That Could Affect Your Take-Home Income
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jul 28, 2019

Opinion: Did Trump just save ObamaCare? Final HRA Rule is a rare bipartisan win for American workers
From Joel White & Jack Hooper; The Hill ~ Jul 27, 2019

Pelosi Implores Dems To ‘Own August’ And Make It Impossible For Senate To Dismiss Bills On Health Costs, Drug Prices
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 26, 2019

Cummings plans to call pharma executives to testify about drug costs
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jul 26, 2019

Senate Finance’s Sweeping Drug Prices Bill Moves Forward But It Has A Bumpy Path In Front Of It
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 26, 2019

Sen. Chuck Grassley: We can find areas of consensus when it comes to health care. Here's proof
From Sen. Chuck Grassley; Fox News ~ Jul 26, 2019

4 Ways to Keep Aging Family Members on the Mend and Out of the Hospital
From Jeff Bevis; Forbes ~ Jul 26, 2019

In the U.S., getting the right medicine after a heart attack may depend on where you live
By Linda Carroll; Reuters ~ Jul 26, 2019

Senators vow to bring transparency to drug pricing
By Josh Aaron Siegel; The Hill ~ Jul 25, 2019

Opinion: Medicare Advantage and Part D Rule: A win for patients, but out-of-pocket costs must be capped
From Marc Boutin; The Hill ~ Jul 25, 2019

Opinion: Congress Warms To Paying For Social Determinants And Health Industry Cheers
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jul 25, 2019

Opinion: Tax Increases to Fund Social Security Expansion Will Cut Medicare, Income Tax Receipts
From Andrew Biggs; Forbes ~ Jul 25, 2019

The Democratic plan for smaller paychecks
From Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) & Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) ; The Hill ~ Jul 25, 2019

Drug cost bill advances but GOP resistance spells trouble
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 25, 2019

Trump Cooking Up A Sweeping Executive Order That Would Cut Drug Prices In Medicare’s Part D Program, Sources Say
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 25, 2019

No bipartisan consensus on shoring up Social Security
By Brian Croce; Pensions & Investments ~ Jul 25, 2019

Today's Congressional Hearing Is A Huge Milestone In The Fight To Expand Social Security
From Nancy Altman; Forbes ~ Jul 25, 2019

Long-Awaited Drug Pricing Bill From Senate Finance Committee Would Cap Medicare ‘Part D’ Copays For First Time
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 24, 2019

Senate reintroduces multiemployer pension reform bill
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jul 24, 2019

Opinion: Congress Must Not Make Haphazard Changes to Existing, Bipartisan Drug Programs
From Doug Schoen; Forbes ~ Jul 24, 2019

Senate will not vote on bipartisan health costs bill before leaving for August
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 24, 2019

Public quality standards for biologic drugs promote transparency and competition — don't get rid of them
From Liam Sigaud; The Hill ~ Jul 23, 2019

Dream Of Retiring Abroad? The Reality: Medicare Doesn’t Travel Well
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 23, 2019

FDA warns top marijuana company for making CBD health claims
By Carla K. Johnson; The Associated Press ~ Jul 23, 2019

Grassley gambles on drug price bill despite GOP doubts
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 23, 2019

Federal Judge Rules ‘Undeniable’ Benefits Of Expanding Short-Term Plans Outweigh ‘Minimal’ Negative Impact
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 22, 2019

Politicians Tackle Surprise Bills, but Not the Biggest Source of Them: Ambulances
By Sarah Kliff & Margot Sanger-Katz; The New York Times ~ Jul 22, 2019

Pelosi aide: Major bill to lower drug prices coming in September
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 22, 2019

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health
By Lauran Neergaard; The Associated Press ~ Jul 22, 2019

Medicare Aims To Study Treating Real Pain With Fake Medicine
From Steven Salzberg; Forbes ~ Jul 22, 2019

Opinion: With Seniors' Healthcare At Risk, Congress Cannot Strike Midnight Deal
From Doug Schoen; Forbes ~ Jul 21, 2019

Don't Slash Medicare In Last-Minute Budget Agreement
From Sally Pipes; Forbes ~ Jul 20, 2019

As pensions fail, Congress ponders, and career savings evaporate
By Laura Olson; The Morning Call ~ Jul 20, 2019

Federal judge upholds Trump's expansion of non-ObamaCare plans
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jul 19, 2019

The Basics Of Required Minimum Distributions With Your Retirement Account
From Jamie Hopkins; Forbes ~ Jul 19, 2019

Three Important Questions You Must Ask Your Aging Parents
From Robert Mauterstock; Forbes ~ Jul 17, 2019

IRS tax tips: 6 ways to stop cybercriminals from accessing your private information
By James Leggate; Fox Business ~ Jul 17, 2019

Common Medications Can Masquerade As Dementia In Seniors
By Judith Graham; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 18, 2019

strongFinding a path forward to end surprise medical billing>
From Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) ; The Hill ~ Jul 19, 2019

Trump’s DOL Pick Fought Fiduciary Rule
By Ross Snel; Barron’s ~ Jul 19, 2019

Study finds CMS' nixed change to Part D could have hindered drug accessibility
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 16, 2019

Democratic chair: Medicare negotiating drug prices not moving before August
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 16, 2019

Insurers Running Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions As Feds Struggle To Stop It
By Fred Schulte & Lauren Weber; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 16, 2019

Supreme Court takes fiduciary case for overfunded DB plan
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jul 16, 2019

Rick Scott: PhRMA hasn't provided 'a single answer' on lower drug prices
By Alex Gangitano; The Hill ~ Jul 15, 2019

Did Your Health Plan Deny You Care? Fight Back.
By Bernard J. Wolfson; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 15, 2019

Republicans make U-turn on health care
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Jul 14, 2019

These pension plans are at risk of going broke. Now lawmakers need to agree on a fix
By Lorie Konish; CNBC ~ Jul 12, 2019

Why Is Healthcare So Expensive for Retirees?
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Jul 13, 2019

Opinion: Trump Scraps A Reform That Would Have Saved Patients Billions
From Sally Pipes; Forbes ~ Jul 12, 2019

Opinion: Price Transparency Will Deliver Real Results for Patients
From Josh Archambault; Forbes ~ Jul 12, 2019

DOJ Lawyers Try New Tricks To Undo Obamacare. Will It Work?
By Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 12, 2019

Opinion: Retirees/Workers Having Less Say In Protecting Pensions As M&As, Bankruptcies Happen Faster
From Ted Knutson; Forbes ~ Jul 12, 2019

PBMs Breathe Sigh Of Relief As Trump Kills Drug Rebate Proposal And Pharma Companies Become Next Likely Target
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 12, 2019

Medicare Must Keep A Closer Eye On Hospices And Nursing Homes That Put Patients At Risk
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Jul 12, 2019

Want to solve surprise medical bills? Listen to patients
From Vidor Friedman; The Hill ~ Jul 11, 2019

Medicare is rapidly running out of money: Alex Azar
By Julia Limitone; Fox Business ~ Jul 11, 2019

Grassley: Deal to lower drug prices moving forward 'very soon'
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 11, 2019

For Big Pharma, the revolving door keeps spinning
From Karen Hobert Flynn; The Hill ~ Jul 11, 2019

Trump signs executive order aimed at improving kidney disease treatment
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jul 10, 2019

Taking the 'surprise' out of medical billing

House committee OKs multiemployer pension reform bill
By Hazel Bradford; Pensions & Investments ~ Jul 10, 2019

Don't miss the moment: Congress must capitalize on momentum to hold Big Pharma accountable
From Lauren Aronson; The Hill ~ Jul 09, 2019

Health Law On Trial (Again): How A Long-Shot Case Grew Legs And Now Looms As An ACA Threat And 2020 Election Issue
Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 09, 2019

Opinion: The Financial Industry Preys on 401(k) Fees. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
By Dean Baker, Truthout.Org – July 8, 2019

GOP senators raise concerns over potential deal to lower drug prices
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 09, 2019

Appeals court panel grills Democratic defenders on constitutionality of Obamacare
By Nate Raymond; Reuters ~ Jul 09, 2019

Opinion: Taxing Inheritances Won’t Fix Social Security
From Rachel Greszler & Travis Nix; National Review ~ Jul 09, 2019

Trump's health care transparency order a positive step toward a true patient-controlled system
From David Balat; The Hill ~ Jul 08, 2019

Setting the record straight about America's multiemployer pension crisis
From Gene Kalwarski; The Hill ~ Jul 08, 2019

Congress returns to pressure to get spending deals done
By Paul M. Krawzak; Roll Call ~ Jul 08, 2019

Democratic group hits GOP attorneys general in six-figure ad campaign on ObamaCare
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jul 08, 2019

Trump misleadingly says prescription drug prices have gone down
By Zack Budryk; The Hill ~ Jul 07, 2019

Congress has ambitious agenda tackling health care costs
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 07, 2019

Trump Plans Executive Order To Lower Drug Prices
By Rachel Stoltzfoos; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 05, 2019

Recent Executive Order Makes the Road to Increased Healthcare Transparency Unclear
By Cassandra Paolillo; JDSupra ~ Jul 03, 2019

Generics more expensive than branded drugs on Part D, study says
By Robert King; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 03, 2019

Opinion: Facebook Takes Action Against Misleading Healthcare Claims
From Emma Woollacott; Forbes ~ Jul 02, 2019

Drug prices in 2019 are surging, with hikes at 5 times inflation
By Aimee Picchi; CBS News ~ Jul 01, 2019

Trump has blessed states’ exploration of importing drugs. Will it catch on?
By Phil Galewitz, KHN; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 01, 2019

Drug prices persistently rising despite Trump efforts
By Sarah Owermohle; Politico ~ Jul 01, 2019

Nancy Pelosi’s latest Medicare proposal would pass drug discounts to all consumers
By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. ; CNBC ~ Jul 01, 2019

Raytheon sued over mortality tables used to calculate pension benefits
By Robert Steyer; Pensions & Investments ~ Jul 01, 2019