Sarah Jane Tribble

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GAO Will Investigate Skyrocketing Prices For Orphan Drugs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Orphan Drug Act was created to help patients with rare diseases get life-saving medications. But soaring prices suggest the law is being manipulated to increase profits.

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Trump, Democrats Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Two congressmen met with President Trump seeking support for a bill to expand the government's ability to negotiate drug prices. But it's not clear it would have much impact or will gain support.

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GOP Senators Ask GAO To Investigate High Prices For Orphan Drugs

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Amid an uproar over soaring drug prices, three GOP senators are seeking an investigation into whether the Orphan Drug Act is being manipulated to jack up the cost of medications for rare diseases.

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Duchenne Drug Delayed After Outrage Over Price

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.

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Sen. Grassley Launches Inquiry Into Orphan Drug Law's Effect On Prices

Friday, February 10, 2017

Citing a Kaiser Health News investigation, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will examine potential abuses of incentives to spur development of drugs for rare diseases.

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High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.

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Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Drugmakers have brought almost 450 orphan drugs to market and collected rich incentives by doing so. But nearly a third of the medicines aren't new or were repurposed many times for financial gain.

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Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A voucher awarded to a company that finds a treatment for a rare childhood disease can be sold to the highest bidder and then used to fast-track the review of another drug. Are the prizes worth it?

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How Much Do Drugs For Rare Diseases Add To Health Care Spending?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Researchers analyzing recent drug spending in the U.S. say that high-priced drugs for rare diseases aren't having a widespread or significant effect on overall health care spending.

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Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health

Monday, March 28, 2016

Guilt still haunts a new mother who was addicted to opioids when she got pregnant. Once she was ready to ask for help, treatment programs that could handle her complicated pregnancy were hard to find.

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Split Views On Health Overhaul In Ohio

Friday, March 11, 2016

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that people in the politically important state of Ohio are divided over Obamacare.

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Beyond Pizza And French Fries: Museums Eye More Healthful Menus

Thursday, February 18, 2016

When Rachel Mollen strolls into the cafe at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh with her 5-year-old son, she knows exactly the kind of food they will eat.

"Will, he's the youngest of four, and he wanted to do something special today," Mollen says. "I was trying to think ...

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Cleveland Pressures Hospitals To Keep ERs Open To All Ambulances

Saturday, January 02, 2016

When East Cleveland's emergency medical squad gets called to treat a man with a severe nosebleed, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill case.

The patient walks woozily out to the ambulance from a tan house on a tree-lined street. Anthony Savoy, the head medic, calls ahead to University Hospitals, which has ...

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You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Versions sold over the counter are based on older formulas and make tight control of blood sugar harder. But they're cheaper and might save a patient with diabetes whose alternative is to go without.

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Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ohio has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in the state have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.

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Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

Monday, July 20, 2015

Minecraft can be more social and creative than watching TV. But kids' drive to play for hours on end can strain recommended limits on screen time. What's a mother to do?

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Cancer Spawns A Construction Boom In Cleveland

Friday, May 08, 2015

The famed Cleveland Clinic is building a new cancer center right around the corner from a competing cancer hospital. Both institutions are confident there will be plenty of patients.

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Losing A Hospital In The Heart Of A Small City

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Economic forces are squeezing the city of Lakewood, just outside Cleveland, forcing the closure of one hospital even as another is built in a more affluent suburb.

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Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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Cleveland Hospitals Grapple With Readmission Fines

Thursday, January 29, 2015

At the Cleveland Clinic's sprawling main campus, Morgan Clay is being discharged early one Tuesday afternoon.

Clay arrived a couple of weeks earlier suffering from complications related to acute heart failure. He's ready to go home. But before he can leave, clinic pharmacist Katie Greenlee stops by the room.

"What ...

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