F.D.A. Panel Splits on Whether to Approve New Diabetes Drug

Health|F.D.A. Panel Splits on Whether to Approve New Diabetes DrugThe advisory committee voted 8-8 on approving the drug, to be called Zynquista, which would be the first oral medication for people with Type 1 diabetes.ImageThe drug makers Sanofi and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals are seeking F.D.A. approval for the first oral treatment for Type 1 diabetes.CreditCreditChristian Hartmann/ReutersAn… Read More

California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

ImageGov. Gavin Newsom delivering his first budget address Thursday. On Monday, his first day on the job, he proposed giving his state the power to negotiate drug prices directly with manufacturers.CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York TimesGavin Newsom dived into the highly charged debate over prescription drug prices in his first week as California’s governor, vowing action… Read More

The Flu Is Widespread in the U.S., and It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

ImageMario Ancalmo received a flu vaccination at a CVS pharmacy in Miami in October.CreditCreditJoe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe flu season is going strong.About six million to seven million people in the United States have come down with the illness so far, with half of them sick enough to have seen doctors, according to estimates released on Friday… Read More

Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks

Science|Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ RemarksIn a recent documentary, the geneticist doubled down on comments he made a decade ago, then apologized for, regarding race, genetics and intelligence.ImageThe Nobel Prize winner James D. Watson, the longtime leader of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in 2016. The laboratory severed ties with… Read More

$3.4 Million Medicaid Fraud Inquiry Hovers Over Nursing Home Where Comatose Woman Was Raped and Had Baby

ImageInvestigators at Arizona’s health agency are reviewing Medicaid payments made to Hacienda HealthCare, the largest privately operated long-term nursing company in the state for people with developmental disabilities.CreditCreditRoss D. Franklin/Associated PressState investigators in Arizona are examining $3.4 million in possible Medicaid fraud at the parent company of a Phoenix nursing center where a woman in… Read More