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In quiet debut, Alzheimer's drug finds questions, skepticism

The first new Alzheimer’s treatment in more than 20 years was hailed as a breakthrough when regulators approved it more than four months ago, but its rollout has been slowed by questions about its pri...

Advocates, lawmakers push hospitals to help more with bills

Swamped with medical bills? The hospital that treated you may be able to help. Whether you learn about this before those bills wind up in debt collections is another matter. ...

Merck spends $11.5B for Acceleron, possible blockbuster drug

Merck will spend about $11.5 billion to buy Acceleron Pharma and its potential treatment for high blood pressure in vessels that connect the lungs and heart. Merck will pay $180 per...

COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers

Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans' protection against the virus. How much...

Crowded stadiums, pandemic create combustible mix this fall

More than 65,000 fans packed a stadium in Tampa to watch Tom Brady lead the Buccaneers to a win in the NFL's season opener, just hours after President Joe Biden announced a sweeping new plan to slow t...

Medicaid growth helps insurer Anthem beat Q2 expectations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem topped second-quarter expectations even though the health insurer's profit tumbled as patients who hunkered down last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic started seek...

HCA Q2 profit surges as patients return to hospitals

The first major hospital chain to post second-quarter results surprised Wall Street on Tuesday with how much it has grown since a rapidly spreading pandemic curtailed surgeries and other care last yea...

Walgreens tops fiscal Q3 forecasts as recovery continues

Walgreens earnings surged past Wall Street expectations for the fiscal third quarter, as the drugstore chain continued to rebuild sales hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of va...

Lilly to seek FDA approval for potential Alzheimer's drug

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly is nearly ready to take another shot at getting approval for a possible Alzheimer’s drug. The drugmaker said Thursday that it plans to submit its poten...

Employers, insurers push to make virtual visits regular care

Make telemedicine your first choice for most doctor visits. That’s the message some U.S. employers and insurers are sending with a new wave of care options. Amazon and several insure...

Insurer Humana moves deeper into home care with $5.7B deal

Humana is spending $5.7 billion to jump deeper into delivering care at home, a trend that took off during the pandemic and one the health insurer expects will continue to grow. The ...

Slipping COVID-19 treatment demand hits Eli Lilly forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly fell well short of Wall Street’s first-quarter expectations, and the drugmaker chopped the top end of its earnings forecast due to lower demand for COVID-19 treatments. ...

Insurer CEO eyes future filled with telehealth, home visits

Spring break takes on a different meaning during a pandemic when you lead a Florida health insurer that covers about 5 million people. Patrick J. Geraghty isn’t crazy about his state...

One Good Thing: Flight paramedic treats patient medical debt

When flight paramedic Rita Krenz boards a helicopter, she knows her patients are about to face problems she can’t fix — a health care system that buries people in debt after a car accident or stroke. ...

Doctors race to find, vaccinate vulnerable homebound people

A group of health care workers hurried out of a Boston hospital on a recent weekday morning, clutching small red coolers filled with COVID-19 vaccines. Their challenge: Beat traffic,...