The US is on track to start delivering coronavirus shots before the end of 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Wednesday. Azar said the country should have enough doses for seniors, healthcare workers, and first responders by the end of January – and for all Americans […]
The Health and Human Services Department’s top lawyer has described concerns that the Trump administration’s plan to send prescription-drug coupons to seniors could violate election laws, Politico reported. Though many would receive the coupons after the November 3 presidential election, the Trump administration reportedly wanted to send letters describing the […]
The CDC is once again recommending that people get tested for the coronavirus if they have been in close contact with an infected person – even if they’re not showing symptoms. The agency briefly reversed its testing policy in August to say that testing asymptomatic people wasn’t necessary. Public-health officials […]
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention published a controversial guideline last month saying that people who were exposed to the novel coronavirus but didn’t show symptoms should not seek a test. According to The New York Times, the advice was written by Trump administration officials and published despite scientists’ […]
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On Wednesday, US hospitals stopped directly reporting coronavirus capacity, staffing, and supply-related data to the CDC. Instead, they now send information directly to the US Department of Health and Human Services, through a newer database, built with several private contractors. HHS and CDC maintain that they can both still see […]
Welcome to Dispensed Daily , your daily dose of healthcare news from Business Insider’s healthcare editor Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Today in healthcare news: a look inside the secretive government coronavirus data project HHS Protect, where analysts think Moderna’s […]
The US government is on pace to run out of remdesivir drugs at the end of June and does not know when it will get more. The Department of Health and Human Services told CNN that Gilead, which makes the drug, will ship a final batch on the week of […]
Christi Grimm, the former acting inspector general (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke out Tuesday about the importance of independence for the US oversight community. Grimm angered President Donald Trump when she released an independent report that found there were “severe” and “widespread” shortages of […]
The federal government on Saturday announced initial plans for distributing a promising coronavirus drug, remdesivir. The drug, manufactured by Gilead Sciences, was authorised for emergency use last week, but doctors and hospitals weren’t sure how they were going to get it. The Department of Health and Human Services now say […]
Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the US Department of Health and Human Services, failed to inform Congress of his long-standing relationship with Emergent Biosolutions, which received a contract worth more than $US2 billion from his office. Kadlec, a retired Air Force colonel and a doctor, […]
Newly tapped HHS spokesman Michael Caputo is already in hot water just a week into the job. After deleting most of his Twitter history before April 12,CNN’s KFile unearthed a number of racist tweets picked up by the Way Back Machine. On March 12, he tweeted that “millions of Chinese […]
Brian Harrison, who was picked as a senior lead on the Health and Human Services (HHS) coronavirus task force, is a former labradoodle breeder with minimal public health experience, according to Reuters. He ran Dallas Labradoodles between 2012-2018 before joining the Trump administration as the HHS deputy chief of staff […]
President Donald Trump abruptly ousted Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general (IG) at the Department of Defence, on Tuesday,Inside Defence reported. A panel of inspectors general had also tapped Fine to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which will oversee the implementation of a $US2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. But […]
A new report, from the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, is based on a survey of more than 300 hospitals. It details a “severe” shortage of COVID-19 testing supplies and a “widespread” lack of personal protective equipment. President Donald Trump dismissed the findings and suggested, […]
The US Department of Health and Human Services was reportedly hit with a cyberattack Sunday night, Bloomberg first reported. The attack was reportedly meant to slow down the agency’s computer systems amid its response to the spread of COVID-19. HHS said in a statement Monday that it was investigating “a […]
In the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, President Donald Trump’s main focus was on keeping the number of infections low, the Politico reporter Dan Diamond told NPR on Thursday. For that reason, Trump did not push to ensure adequate testing capabilities, Diamond said. “The president had […]
Public concern is rising that the high costs in parts of the US’s healthcare system could form a barrier that discourages people from getting treatment for the novel coronavirus. But one layer of the healthcare system could help Americans save a lot of money on a coronavirus vaccine: Obamacare. Under […]
A government whistleblower alleged that the Department of Health and Human Services sent workers to help evacuees from Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the coronavirus – without giving them proper protective gear or training. According to The Washington Post and The New York Times, the whistleblower is a senior […]
The Trump administration reversed itself on Thursday and said a coronavirus vaccine would be affordable for the American public after it generated a storm of criticism over the drug’s potential high cost. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said he would guarantee public access to a vaccine. Only a […]
Trump defended his huge CDC budget cuts during a press conference on the federal government’s response to the coronavirus. “I’m a businessperson, I don’t like having thousands of people around when you don’t need them,” Trump said. “When we need them, we can get them back very quickly.” Experts noted […]
The Trump administration is preparing to ask Congress for an emergency funding package to battle the coronavirus. But the administration remained undecided on Monday on the amount of funding it would request to counter the outbreak. “This stuff is always messy,” said a senior administration official with direct knowledge of […]
The Trump administration wants to let Americans import cheaper drugs from Canada and other countries. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration introduced a notice of proposed rulemaking, through which the administration will ask states to lay out how they’d work with pharmacies and other parties to bring in drugs […]
Thirty-seven migrant children between the ages of five and 12 stayed in vans for hours – many overnight – last summer, while authorities struggled to reunite them with their parents,NBC News reported Monday. The incident occurred at the height of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which separated thousands of […]
Data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) show that thousands of migrant children were allegedly sexually abused or harassed in US shelters in the last four years. Of those, at least 178 of the allegations were made against shelter staff. 108 of the alleged assaults occurred at […]
Thousands of migrant children were allegedly sexually abused or harassed while they were in US custody, according to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents released Tuesday. The documents show a small spike in allegations during roughly the same period that the Trump administration was detaining thousands of children […]
Thousands of migrant children placed in US custody between 2014 and 2018 were reportedly sexually abused in government-administered shelters, according to documents first published by Axios. Many of the allegations were made against fellow migrant children – but at least 178 were made against adult staff members at the facilities. […]
The Trump administration just proposed a new rule that could bring down the cost of prescription drugs for patients. The Department of Health and Human Services wants to ban some payments, called rebates, between drugmakers and middlemen. Rebates are negotiated between middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers and drugmakers, and are […]
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar isn’t counting on pharmaceutical companies to do the right thing when it comes to drug prices. “I’m not counting on their altruism or their cooperation,” Azar said at the Financial Times’ Pharma Pricing Summit on Thursday. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary […]
President Donald Trump and Republicans have so far failed to pass large-scale bills to undo former President Barack Obama’s legislative achievements, such as Obamacare. But Trump and the GOP have found ways to chip away at Obama’s legacy. Most recently, that came in the form of the Wall Street deregulation […]
Wall Street analysts have been reading the tea leaves before President Donald Trump’s healthcare speech Friday, and some think pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) could be in trouble. PBMs manage the lists of what drugs your healthcare provider will and will not pay for. They’re supposed to keep costs down. But […]
The Trump administration has reportedly banned multiple agencies at the Department of Health and Human Services from using certain words in budget documents – not just the CDC. The banned words include “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” and “diversity.” Even the State Department has reportedly received guidance to refer to sex education as […]
President Donald Trump’s nominee for the country’s top health position, Alex Azar, fielded questions from senators on Wednesday. Overwhelmingly, the questions centered around the price of prescription drugs, based on Azar’s past experience as an executive at the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, a company that makes the diabetes treatment insulin. […]
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