Medicare to start negotiating prices for 10 drugs
Medicare, the health insurance program for people over 65 years old, said it will start negotiating prices on 10 drugs, part of its mandate under the Inflation Reduction Act to lower prescription prices for older Americans.
The first drugs under price negotiations include diabetes medication Jardiance, insulin such as the NovoLog FlexPen and the heart medication Entresto, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The negotiations mark the first time Medicare has been able to haggle over drug prices for its 65 million enrollees. They come at a time when 1 in 5 seniors say they are skipping doses because of the cost of their medications. While the negotiations are expected to lower drug costs for Medicare enrollees, the effort faces litigation from drugmakers and heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers.
AARP, the advocacy group for older Americans, called the negotiations “monumental” … (Continue to full article)
The Crock begins once more…
New Research Sheds Light on Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccination
Shortly following their COVID-19 vaccinations, individuals in Denmark reported mild side effects like general discomfort, elevated body temperature, and tiredness. Severe adverse reactions like facial paralysis and allergic responses are rare. Additionally, 30% of menstruating women reported alterations in their menstrual cycles.
Aarhus University has recently published two studies examining the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
Both studies are based on the Danish BiCoVac cohort, which makes it possible to carry out studies based on a large group of the Danish population. One of the studies examined the acute side effects of Covid-19 vaccination.
The most frequently reported side effects after the first small prick on the shoulder are redness and pain at the injection site, which 20% of people experience. After the second and third jabs, fatigue is the most reported side effect – reported by 22% and 14% of people, respectively.
The study has been published in the journal Vaccine. The study found that common side effects such as malaise, fever, and fatigue are among the most frequently reported in Denmark after Covid-19 vaccination. More serious side effects such as facial paralysis and allergic reactions are not as common… (Continue to full article)
New Covid variant may be causing a strange new symptom at night
BA.5, sometimes known as the “sibling” of the Omicron variant has become a dominant form of the virus in recent weeks.
In the US, BA.5 currently accounts for around 65 percent of Covid cases, according to the CDC, and it is also dominating infections in the UK.
And it is not just the same as all the other Covid variants, in terms of its symptoms.
According to the ZOE Covid Study app, the most reported Covid symptoms among vaccinated people (two doses) include: runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat, and persistent cough.
If you are not already, get jabbed? HAHAHAHAHA!!! (Continue to full article)
Mask Mandate Update as CDC Responds to Speculation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has responded to speculation that it may be considering the return of mask mandates amid a rise in coronavirus infections linked to the emergence of new variants of the virus.
A spokesperson for the agency told Newsweek it currently has no intention to call for a return of mask mandates, but didn’t deny that this might change if cases of the new variants were to rise significantly.
“[The] CDC does not issue mandates, we make recommendations, and they are based on the current circumstances,” they said. “We will continue monitoring and will adjust our recommendations accordingly.in the U.S. believe this dietary approach reduces the risk of diseases, including cancer… (Continue to full article)