Healthcare Reform

Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

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WASHINGTON - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration.

Novartis selling nicotine patch to win U.S. nod for GlaxoSmithKline deal: FTC

WASHINGTON - Switzerland's Novartis AG has agreed to sell its nicotine patch, Habitrol, in order to win U.S. antitrust approval for a consumer healthcare joint venture with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

Deals, Health 26 Nov 2014

U.S. government says 462,125 people signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans

- Open enrollment for the second year of Obamacare individual health coverage brought in 462,125 people who chose their health plans in its first week, nearly half of whom were first-time customers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.

U.S., Health 26 Nov 2014

Top Democrat says Obama focus on healthcare in 2009 was mistake

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats made a major political blunder in 2009 when they chose to focus on healthcare reform instead of concentrating on fixing the economy.

25 Nov 2014

Prioritizing healthcare overhaul was a mistake: Senate Democrat

WASHINGTON - The No. 3 Democrat in the Senate said on Tuesday the Democratic Party had made a political mistake by pushing for Obamacare.

25 Nov 2014

Bayer resumes efforts to sell diabetes device unit: sources

FRANKFURT - German drugmaker Bayer AG is considering a fresh attempt to sell its diabetes device business as it sharpens its focus on margin-rich healthcare sectors, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Health, Deals 25 Nov 2014

House Republicans sue over Obama's healthcare law

WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

Politics, U.S., Health 21 Nov 2014

Italy arrests doctors suspected of taking bribes to discourage breast feeding

ROME - Italian police put 12 pediatricians under house arrest on Friday for allegedly accepting extravagant gifts from makers of baby milk formula to promote it in place of breastfeeding.

Health, Italy 21 Nov 2014

Global M&A deals cross $3 trillion for first time since 2007

- Mergers and acquisition deals announced so far this year have topped $3 trillion, the highest since 2007, helped by mega deals in the healthcare, energy and power sectors.

21 Nov 2014

Seventh Sierra Leone doctor killed by Ebola: source

FREETOWN - A Sierra Leonean doctor died of Ebola on Tuesday, a medical source said, bringing to seven the number of doctors killed by the virus savaging the nation's healthcare system. | Video

19 Nov 2014

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