Trending News Today: Drug Manufacturer Sued for Alleged Anticompetitive Practices
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s healthcare proposal could potentially leave 20 million individuals without health insurance, a recent study found. The number of uninsured individuals would rise from 2.1 million to between 5.7 million and 7.1 million. This is likely due to the fact that his repeal and replacement plan is not robust enough, according to The New York Times.
An opioid-maker is being sued by 35 states and the District of Columbia alleging that the company, Indivior, engaged in anticompetitive practices. The lawsuit alleges that the company took steps to get patients to switch to an oral strip version of Suboxone instead of the tablet version, according to The New York Times. Since the oral strip is not an equivalent of the tablet, it prevented pharmacists from prescribing generic alternatives.
The steady decline in heart disease is slowing, and this may reverse the trend of Americans living longer and healthier lives. Due to increases in obesity, the trend of longer lifespans may be reaching an end, according to NPR. If the trend continues, obesity could cost $800 billion per year by 2030 in addition to resulting in shorter lifespans.