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 •  January 9

Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices could leave patients with reduced access to medications, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary warned Tuesday. Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical and...

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 •  December 9, 2017

Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases. The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control...

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 •  December 5, 2017

U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose significant weight. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said the Food and Drug Administration approved its once-a-week shot for people with Type 2 diabetes. The drug, Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, works by stimulating the body's own...

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 •  November 8, 2017

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved sales of Merck and Co.'s Prevymix (PREH'-vih-miss) to prevent infections with cytomegalovirus (sy-toe-MEG'-a-low-vy-rus), a common virus. It doesn't sicken most people,...

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 •  October 31, 2017

Connecticut's attorney general and 45 of his colleagues are seeking to expand a federal antitrust lawsuit against generic drugmakers to include more manufacturers and medications, as well as senior executives at two companies. Led by Connecticut, the states sought a federal court's permission Tuesday to widen their complaint, which alleges a number...

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 •  October 28, 2017

County officials in Cleveland are suing several large prescription drug companies saying they intentionally misled the public about the dangers of opioids. The lawsuit filed Friday by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County says the drugmakers and distributors sought to increase sales of painkillers and contributed to the opioid abuse crisis. The...

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 •  October 25, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected an experimental drug for a common type of muscular dystrophy. The FDA's decision Wednesday was expected because the agency had said the drug didn't work in two key patient tests. Last month, FDA advisers voted 10-1 against recommending approval. The drug from PTC Therapeutics was intended for...

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 •  October 6, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says drug shortages are possible because of expected long-term power outages in Puerto Rico. According to the agency, factories in Puerto Rico make nearly 10 percent of the medicines used by Americans, plus numerous medical devices. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Friday that the agency...

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 •  September 29, 2017

An effort by drug makers to block Maryland's first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging was denied by a federal judge on Friday. A group representing makers of generic prescription drugs sought to stop the law from taking effect this Sunday, calling it an "unconstitutional overreach" that will create market instability. U.S....

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 •  September 18, 2017

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says pharmaceutical companies have agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction. The Republican governor made the announcement in Trenton on Monday, shortly after he convened a meeting of the White House opioid commission that he chairs. He also held a news...