Vaccinate or Pay; Medicaid Population Boomed; AbbVie Appeal Tossed

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Rhodes College in Memphis will charge unvaccinated students an additional $1,500 a semester to cover weekly testing costs. (Forbes)

An NIH-sponsored study of anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy to prevent blood clots in symptomatic COVID outpatients was halted, after a Data Safety & Monitoring board found low rates of cardio-pulmonary complications in this population.

The number of Americans on Medicaid surged to nearly 74 million during the pandemic, an apparent all-time high, rising by 9.7 million from February 2020 to January 2021. (Washington Post)

Senate majority leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) now supports a proposal to add dental, hearing and vision coverage to Medicare. (The Hill)

The CoxHealth system in Missouri has witnessed a six-fold increase in hospitalizations, which its CEO attributes to low vaccination rates and the Delta variant. (CNN)

A new book about the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic reveals that former President Donald Trump pondered sending COVID-infected Americans in Asia to Guantanamo. (Washington Post)

The Washington Examiner took NIAID director, Anthony Fauci, MD, to task about his stance on masks throughout the pandemic in an op-ed.

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeal by AbbVie Inc., after a lower court in 2011 ruled the company violated federal antitrust law by lodging a “sham” patent complaint against another company. (Reuters)

A federal judge is expected to rule in the coming days about the fate of Missouri’s Medicaid expansion. (Kansas City Star)

Michelle McMurry-Heath is the new president of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Could she soon be the new FDA commissioner? (STAT+)

Algorithms intended to streamline healthcare operations and decisions may be racially and economically biased, a new report finds. (STAT)

FDA issued expanded approval to Medtronic for cardiac cryoablation catheters to treat recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, an alternative to antiarrhythmic drug therapy as an initial rhythm control strategy, the manufacturer announced.

Filipinos will be jailed if they do not get vaccinated, president Rodrigo Duterte threatened, as the nation deals with an outbreak leading to more than 1.3 million cases and 23,000 deaths. (Reuters)

India administered 8.6 million COVID vaccine doses Monday as it launched free inoculation for adults, but can that pace be sustained? (Reuters)

But in Colombia, a brutal third wave is leading to record numbers of cases and deaths as its health ministry fears a dearth of treatment drugs and oxygen in hospitals. (Reuters)

Last Updated June 22, 2021

  • Ryan Basen reports for MedPage’s enterprise & investigative team. He has worked as a journalist for more than a decade, earning national and state honors for his investigative work. He often writes about issues concerning the practice and business of medicine. Follow

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