DTC pharma spending shoots up 15 percent for Q3; HHS vows to improve U.S. vaccine-making capacity;

> Direct to consumer spending by pharmaceutical companies shot up 15 percent during the third quarter, to $1.16 billion, with a big chunk being spent on the Internet. FiercePharma

> Vowing not to see a repeat of this year, when H1N1 vaccine-making capability fell well below demand, HHS is working to make sure that vaccines can be produced far more quickly when the next pandemic hits. FierceVaccines

> New health IT tools are emerging which allow healthcare analysts to better adapt to changing conditions, according to a presenter at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference. FierceHealthIT

> CMS will soon send guidance out to state Medicaid agencies to help them develop health IT plans that meet requirements of the stimulus law. FierceEMR

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