AJMC Staff


What We’re Reading: Biogen Agrees to Settlement; Fertility Preservation for Patients With Cancer; Supreme Court Medicaid Case

September 27, 2022

Biogen Inc agreed to pay $900 million to settle allegations about improper physician payments; the American Cancer Society warns that fertility preservation for patients with cancer is at risk after the overturn of Roe v Wade; the Supreme Court will hear a case about Medicaid recipients’ ability to sue their providers.

What We’re Reading: Hospitals’ Pursuit of Profits; Opioid Crisis Funding; Arizona Abortion Ban

September 26, 2022

Nonprofit hospitals pursue profits from low-income patients; the Biden administration announced that $1.5 billion would be set aside to battle opioid overdoses and support recovery; an Arizona judge ruled that a state law that criminalizes nearly all abortions could take effect immediately.

What We’re Reading: Deal Reached for FDA User Fee Programs; Link Between COVID-19, T1D; DOJ Protects VA Employees Providing Abortions

September 23, 2022

A deal was reached to renew 5-year FDA user fee programs; children and adolescents with COVID-19 had a 60% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes (T1D); states cannot penalize Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees for facilitating abortions permitted by federal law.

What We’re Reading: Fewer Uninsured Children; Updated Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines; Two Diabetes Drugs Performed Best in Study

September 22, 2022

About 200,000 more children have health insurance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; if FDA-approved, bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for younger children are expected to become available by early to mid-October; a trial compared metformin plus sitagliptin, liraglutide, glimepiride, and insulin glargine for maintaining blood glucose levels.

What We’re Reading: Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico; Depression Rates and Anxiety Screening; Cancer Death Rates Decrease

September 21, 2022

HHS declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Fiona; nearly 1 in 10 Americans suffered from depression in 2020, and a task force recommended doctors screen all adults aged younger than 65 for anxiety; advances in cancer research have led to reduced cancer death rates.

What We’re Reading: Medical Debt Prevalent in US; NC Medicaid Expansion Proposal; More Seek Mental Health Help

September 19, 2022

A recent study found that 1 in 5 households were strapped with medical debt; hospitals and hospital systems in North Carolina proposed a way to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of adults; the CDC reported that more adults sought mental health treatment in 2021 compared with 2019.