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Sep 18, 2014

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

Sep 11, 2014

U.S. FDA panel: Novo Nordisk’s liraglutide safe, effective for obesity

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Novo Nordisk’s
drug liraglutide is safe and effective enough to warrant
approval for use in chronically obese patients with at least one
weight-related health issue, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration concluded on Thursday.

The panel voted 14 to 1 to recommend the drug, which is
already approved to treat diabetes under the brand name Victoza.
It would be sold under the name Saxenda if approved for obesity
by the FDA. According to analysts, it could generate $1 billion
in revenue for the company.

Sep 8, 2014

Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law.

“The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told a university audience in remarks that unveiled a new administration message about the successes of the healthcare reform law just as the midterm election campaign debate about its future intensifies.

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. officials reach deal with Pennsylvania on Medicaid

Aug 28 (Reuters) – Federal officials have reached an
agreement with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett over his plan to
use federal funds to pay for private health insurance coverage
for up to 600,000 residents, the governor said on Thursday.

The deal highlights a growing number of Republican governors
who are finding ways to accept money under President Barack
Obama’s Affordable Care Act, despite political opposition that
has so far prevented nearly half of U.S. states from moving
forward with the Medicaid expansion plan.

Aug 27, 2014

Some HealthCare.gov contractors see contract values rise -report

WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Three firms involved in the
troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their
contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a
quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the
time of the site’s botched rollout, government data shows.

A report released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of the
Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General
(OIG) estimates the original value of 60 information technology
(IT) contracts related to the Obamacare federal marketplace at
$1.7 billion.

Aug 26, 2014

U.S. names Connecticut official to lead federal Obamacare marketplace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday named the head of Connecticut’s state health exchange to oversee the federal marketplace that provides subsidized private health insurance to consumers in 36 states under Obamacare.

In a move that administration officials billed as an effort to bring new accountability to the federal operation, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Kevin Counihan would oversee federal operations, as well as health insurance regulation, in the new post of marketplace chief executive officer.

Aug 24, 2014

U.S. Republicans pressure Obama to step up action against ISIS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Sunday called for more aggressive U.S. action to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, accusing President Barack Obama of policies that have failed to thwart potential new threats on U.S. soil.

Representative Mike Rogers, Republican chairman of the House of Representative Intelligence Committee, urged the administration to work with Arab partners on robust steps to disrupt the operations of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said the group is drawing support from Europeans and Americans who could travel undetected to Western countries to carry out attacks.

Aug 7, 2014

Obama administration setting up group on experimental Ebola drugs

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The Obama
administration is forming a special Ebola working group to
consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental
drugs to help the hundreds infected by the deadly disease in
West Africa, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

The group is being formed under Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant
Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of
Health and Human Services, an administration official said.

Aug 2, 2014

U.S. CDC lab inspectors may have risked public safety -documents

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. laboratory inspectors
charged with protecting the public from the release of deadly
pathogens were repeatedly criticized by a federal watchdog for
overlooking biosafety lapses long before this year’s anthrax
scare at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Newly released federal documents show that oversight gaps at
the CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) may have
contributed to biosafety lapses at six laboratories handling
pathogens including smallpox, influenza and monkeypox. As a
result, the inspectors may have put public safety at risk.

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