Healthcare News May 16, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Senate to vote on Ryan Medicare plan

    This gives Democrats another chance to put their GOP
    counterparts on the record supporting Ryan’s controversial Medicare
    proposal.

  • Catholic bishops threaten suit over birth control mandate

    The bishops have led calls
    to rescind the mandate but threatened court action Tuesday in light of
    “approaching regulatory deadlines.”

  • Obama campaign focuses on women’s health in latest Web video

    The Obama campaign released a new Web video Tuesday highlighting President Obama’s record on women’s health issues.

  • Sanders bill aims to lower HIV drug costs

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is pushing a bill to end exclusive marketing rights for new HIV and AIDS drugs and replace them with rewards of money from the government.

    The measure would stop drug makers from setting high prices during the monopoly phases for new treatments, which reduces access to the drugs for many patients.

    Sanders, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, noted that many HIV and AIDS patients die because they cannot afford antiretroviral drugs.

    He cited one treatment, Atripla, that costs “more than $25,000 per person per year” in the United States. Its generic counterpart costs $200.

    “The average American would be very upset to know people are dying not because we can’t cure them, but [because of] the cost to save their life,” Sanders said in a hearing Tuesday.

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