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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION will no longer hold back required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, practically doubling supply and said that states should immediately start vaccinating other groups lower down the priority scale, including people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain health problems. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

U.S. shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP signed an executive order that requires HHS to propose a way to make health care providers and insurers give patients an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs ahead of service. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump order pushes for disclosure of secret health prices

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump called for hospitals to disclose to patients up front how much they charge for tests, surgeries and other...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health reports declining opioid overdose deaths in 2017 and 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

R.I. reports slight decline in opioid overdose deaths as national figures...

PROVIDENCE — The Ocean State has recorded a slight downturn in the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2017 and the start of 2018...
ALEX AZAR, secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a press briefing at the White House after an event on lowering drug prices with President Donald Trump. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump health secretary says drugmakers must help cut prices

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s top health official said the administration plans to turn up the heat on the pharmaceutical industry if it doesn’t...
AETNA INC. ANNOUNCED that it will will pass on the discounts it negotiates on prescription drugs to about 3 million of its members. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Aetna will pass along discounts as drug price scrutiny increases

NEW YORK - Aetna Inc. will pass on the discounts it negotiates on prescription drugs to about 3 million of its members, the latest...
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