April 2, 2014

Insurers Crying Ouch

1 New Hep C Wonder Drug Is Painfully Costly

In December, the FDA approved a new drug from Gilead Sciences called Sovaldi which is a virtual wonder drug for victims of hepatitis C, delivering a cure rate of 90 percent in targeted patients. But insurers are rebelling at the cost of Sovaldi, which is $1,000 per day for a 12-week cycle, or $84,000 total -- unless its a resistant strain, which doubles the cycle length and the cost. Unfortunately for the insurers, there are no equally effective alternative drugs, and the only other option should liver damage result is a liver transplant, which costs more than $175,000 and is risk-intensive. Some 4 million Americans are thought to have hepatitis C, which kills about 15,000 a year, but to treat them all with Sovaldi at its current price would cost a breathtaking $227 billion.

More at Thewire.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Hepatitis C Risk Increases with Tattooing

Tags: Hepatitis C, Treatments for Hepatitis, Sovaldi, Gilead Sciences and Hepatitis, Hepatitis C Cures

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For People with Grass Allergies

2 FDA Approves under the Tongue Allergy Pill

The FDA has approved Oralair, an under-the-tongue pill for those with grass allergies. Although Oralair has been available in Europe for several years, it’s the first sub-lingual pill to be approved in the U.S. for grass allergies. Patients are advised to start taking the pill four months before the start of grass pollen season - and because it can, in rare cases, cause a severe reaction, patients take the first dose under medical supervision. It is then taken daily at home. While the pill, which has been approved for patients ages 10 to 65, gives patients new treatment options, detractors say that it treats only grass allergy - and somewhat less effectively than allergy shots. And, as with allergy shots, the pill takes several months to become effective.

More at NBCNews.com | Hat tip to USAToday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Giving Newborns Cow's Milk May Prevent Allergies

Tags: Allergies, Allergy Prescriptions, Food and Drug Administration, Grass Allergy, Sublingual Allergy Pill, Oralair

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Lucky Valentine

3 Man Survives Chainsaw Blade in Neck

James Valentine, who is now in stable condition, was trimming a pine tree in Pennsylvania when his chainsaw blade entered deeply into his shoulder and a location in his neck a mere quarter of an inch from the carotid artery. Valentine, 21, works for Adler Tree Service, and he was alert on his way to the hospital. While there was no major blood loss, Valentine required 30 stitches and a hour of surgery. He was in stable condition only a day after the accident. According to CNN, Valentine's co-workers were able to detach the chainsaw blade from its motor and hold the blade in place until emergency workers arrived.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Award for Most Unusual Pet Health Insurance Claim

Tags: Freak Chainsaw Accidents, James Valentine, Man Survives Chainsaw Neck Injury, Adler Tree Service

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CDC Guidelines Too Low

4 Too Little Salt Is Harmful Too

Good news for salt lovers: A new study from Denmark shows that the CDC's recommended intake for salt might be too low, and may lead to an increased risk of death. The research, published in American Journal of Hypertension, analyzed 25 studies. The results showed that low salt consumption, as well as high salt consumption, are linked with a bigger risk of dying. Researchers suggest that the safe range for salt consumption is between 2,645 and 4,945 mg daily, yet the CDC stands by its recommendation of less than 2,300 mg of salt a day for healthy individuals under 50 years old, and less than 1,500 daily for most people over the age of 50. Patients should talk with their doctors before changing their diets.

More at WebMD | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cutting Salt Could Save 92,000 Lives a Year

Tags: Lower Salt Intake, Too Little Salt Harmful, Recommended Salt Intake, Lowered Salt Increases Death Risk, American Journal of Hypertension

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