Health

1:59pm

Mon June 17, 2013
The Two-Way

FTC Can Sue Firms In 'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals, Court Rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that the FTC can challenge arrangements between makers of generic drugs and makers of brand-name products such as AndroGel, seen here on a computer monitor screen.
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When the maker of a brand-name drug pays a maker of generic drugs to not produce a lower-priced version of their product, the Federal Trade Commission can challenge the arrangement on antitrust grounds, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The ruling may end the era of what regulators call "pay-for-delay" deals.

The justices voted 5-3 to allow a case to go forward in which the FTC is challenging one of many such deals. Several companies are involved in the case, including Solvay Pharmaceuticals, maker of AndroGel, and generic-drug maker Actavis.

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12:31pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Sibling Fights Go Beyond Harmless Kid Stuff

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:45 am

Beheading Barbie is the kind of aggression that can cause sibling distress.
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I'll never forget the time my big brother sank his fork in the back of my hand after I snitched food off his plate.

But all siblings fight, right? So I was more than a little skeptical of a study saying that sibling aggression can cause serious mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

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6:25am

Mon June 17, 2013
Health

Health Care Hot-Spotting Targets The Sickest Patients

As healthcare costs continue to balloon, medical professionals all over Colorado are increasingly turning to healthcare hot-spotting -- that is, using data to target the sickest patients who are costing the most money via unnecessary visits to the ER, etc
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Rebecca Yanes recently joined an elite club. It’s not a club she wanted to join. In fact, it’s one that some health professionals across Colorado and the country are working to shut down.

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3:16am

Mon June 17, 2013
Health Care

Smartphones Help Bridge Gaps In Electronic Medical Records

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:13 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's look now at another change in health care, and this one has to do with paperwork. Hospitals and clinics are slowly replacing paper files with sophisticated electronic health records. But with a variety of systems in use, they often can't easily share medical information with each other, and this can be a pretty serious problem in the case of an emergency.

As Elizabeth Stawicki reports, smartphones might be one way to bridge this electronic gap.

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12:59am

Mon June 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Find Out How The Health Law Affects You, Ask The President

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:13 am

President Obama encourages people to sign up for health insurance exchanges in San Jose, Calif., on June 6.
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Call it the Affordable Care Act, call it Obamacare, call it whatever you want — it's coming. And soon. In less than four months people without health insurance will be able to start signing up for coverage that begins Jan. 1.

A lot has been said about the law, most of it not that understandable. So starting now, and continuing occasionally through the summer and fall, we're going to try to fix that.

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