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New IfPA Policy Brief Explores Clinical Practice Guidelines and Patient Access

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor Clinical practice guidelines are intended to optimize patient care, explains a new policy brief from the Institute for Patient Access.

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Government Recommendations Overshadow Dubious New Report on Prenatal Nutrition

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor Many pregnant women embrace eating habits that protect and benefit their unborn babies. But their choices can become complicated when

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CDC Opioid Guidelines Address Integrated Care but Leave Access Worries Intact

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor Following a lengthy and controversial process, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Tuesday on prescribing opioids

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Medicare Part B Proposal Raises Patient Access Concerns

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ newly proposed rule may reinvent how medications are paid for under Part B,

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FDA Aims for More Diverse Clinical Trials

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor The Food and Drug Administration is on a mission: Make 2016 the year of diversity in clinical trials. Congress first

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New Zika Findings Heighten Worries, Underscore Policy Challenges

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor Research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms the mosquito-borne Zika virus’ danger for pregnant women. Meanwhile,

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VA Expands Veterans’ Access to Hepatitis C Cures

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor Treatment options for U.S. veterans battling hepatitis C just got better. According to a February 24 memorandum, the Department of

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Precision Medicine Initiative Raises Hopes for Personalized Medicine

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor The first anniversary of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative gave participants time to reflect on the year’s progress –

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Federal Government Emphasizes Postpartum Depression Screening, Treatment

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor A recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is bringing new attention to postpartum depression and its treatment. The

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National Governors Association Undertakes Opioid Guidelines

by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor Broad and bipartisan concern about the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic has led the National Governors Association (NGA) to contemplate guidelines

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