Eliminating cervical cancer as a global public health problem requires equitable action

In order to prevent cervical cancer and work towards its elimination globally, greater action is needed to reduce disparities in vaccination, screening, and treatment, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMICs). High income countries such as Australia, England, and the US are making progress towards near elimination of cervical cancer through public health infrastructure…

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GenAI and Pharmacovigilance: Perfect is the Enemy of Good

The famous quote “perfection is the enemy of the good” is rarely applied to artificial intelligence in the life sciences industry. Despite concerns and hesitancy, organizations are turning to automation and generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to address data management challenges and improve efficiency. However, hesitancy remains due to risks such as bias, lack of reliability,…

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What Was the Most-Repeated Word in CVS Health CEO’s JPM Presentation?

Karen Lynch discussed CVS Health’s commitment to increased transparency in pharmacy benefit management and pharmacy reimbursement models at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference in San Francisco. The company plans to launch the TrueCost model for pharmacy reimbursement in 2025, aiming to make their pharmacy business more sustainable and transparent. This move comes amid the FTC’s…

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How Marketing Fueled the Opioid Overdose Crisis and What We Can Learn From It

Recent settlements related to claims against advertising and pharmaceutical companies involved in the opioid crisis are providing hope for accountability and funding for treatment. However, concerns remain about the impact of these settlements on the epidemic, as past lawsuits did not lead to significant changes in marketing practices. Studies have shown a link between aggressive…

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Cigna, HelloFresh Team Up To Improve Access to Healthy Food

Cigna Healthcare partnered with HelloFresh to offer discounted meal kits to their members, aiming to improve access to healthy food. HelloFresh, a German company, delivers food and recipes to people’s homes. The partnership will give up to 12 million members of Cigna’s employer customers access to discounted meals. The companies are also working together to…

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State health app updates across Asia

The Brunei Ministry of Health has updated the BruHealth app with new features to improve the patient experience. This includes a queue management system for booking appointments and checking in before visiting health facilities, real-time queue number tracking, video consultations, and access to health records. The Indonesian Ministry of Health has also updated its mobile…

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One Dose of LSD Med Yields Rapid, Durable Response for GAD

A single oral administration of MM120 (lysergide d-tartrate), an investigational lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)–based medicine being developed by Mind Medicine Inc (MindMed), provided rapid and durable improvement in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in a phase 2B study.  At 12 weeks, 65% of patients treated with MM120 100 µg had a clinical response, defined as at…

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