US drug overdose deaths fell slightly in 2018

Drug overdose deaths in the United States declined 5.1% in 2018, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Cigna to cap out-of-pocket expenses for insulin

Health insurer Cigna is launching a program that will cap out-of-pocket expenses at $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin, the company said Wednesday. Last year, patients paid an average of $41.50 a month out of pocket, including deductibles, copays or coinsurance, for the lifesaving diabetes

Senator: Big Pharma is 'morally repugnant'

Seven executives of top pharmaceutical companies were grilled before a congressional panel Tuesday about the nation's skyrocketing drug prices, with one senator accusing Big Pharma of blaming everyone but themselves and another saying the execs were "stonewalling" in their answers.

Some Aetna customers will see lower drug prices

Health insurer Aetna announced Tuesday it would pass along to consumers the rebates it receives from drug manufacturers, starting January 1. This will apply to about 3 million customers enrolled in a certain type of job-based insurance coverage.

Pain drug prescription rate called 'shocking'

One lawmaker calls rate "shocking"

Wisconsin residents last year received more than two million prescriptions for hydrocodone with acetaminophen, the generic equivalent of Vicodin, according to data from the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). That's more than double any other prescribed medicine, a figure one leading state lawmaker called "shocking."

Hospitals scaling back on free drug samples

Wis. hospitals scale back on free drug samples, citing disposal costs and treatment conflicts

Health care organizations in northeastern Wisconsin are cutting back on the practice of giving free drug samples to patients, saying the move will ultimately bring costs down.