More than half of all Americans say they or someone they know has abused prescription painkillers, according to a poll being released Tuesday that also found a significant share knew someone who died from opioid use.
Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion deal to create the world’s largest drugmaker.
With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare’s popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.
The administration, seeking to boost confidence in Obamacare after a top insurer said it might exit the program within two years, is highlighting health plans that say they’re “doing fine” in the emerging marketplace.
President Obama’s top health official kicked off a summit on drug prices Friday by praising the pharmaceutical industry’s knack for innovation while sounding the alarm over prescription prices that put new treatments out of reach for too many Americans.