Tag Archives: Surprise

Kadmon’s Rezurock scores surprise FDA nod in chronic graft-versus-host-disease

With a surprise FDA approval Friday afternoon, Kadmon Holdings is on its way to becoming a commercial drugmaker.  The FDA cleared Kadmon’s Rezurock to treat chronic graft-versus-host disease, a serious complication of transplant procedures. Formerly known as belumodsil, the drug is a first-in-class ROCK2 inhibitor—and now Kadmon’s first approved drug.  GVHD occurs when donor cells mount an immune response against a patient’s own tissues and organs. While doctors can… Read More »

Unexpected $36K air ambulance bills expected to be history under new ‘surprise billing’ rule

The Biden administration began implementing a ban on surprise billing practices on Thursday, a step toward putting an end to unexpected charges to patients for costly healthcare services such as air ambulance rides. “This latest guidance reinforces the law’s important protections for patients facing medical emergencies, including situations where notice and consent procedures would not… Read More »

Patients hit with surprise medical bills paid ER docs 10 times more than others

Dive Brief: A new report in Health Affairs seeks to measure the financial impact surprise medical bills had on adult patients with private health insurance between 2001 and 2016. Researchers found that ER doctors retained a larger share of what they initially charged, or what is considered the sticker price, when patients were unexpectedly out-of-network… Read More »

Surprise group most fearful of vaccine

Women in their thirties are most likely to be mistrustful of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to government research. A survey of 1000 Australians found 42 per cent of women aged 30 to 39 had concerns about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Overall, 27 per cent of the population had… Read More »

The Unsurprising Surprise of Social Determinants in COVID-19 Mortality

“Covid-19 exposes America’s racial health gap,” asserts The Economist, the weekly news magazine based in London, UK, in an advanced essay dated 11 April 2020. The subtitle of the piece: “African-Americans appear more vulnerable to the virus.” The phrase, “your ZIP code is more important than your genetic code” has become the common mantra for… Read More »