FDA seeks data from drugmakers in fight against superbugs; Lahey Health lays off 130 workers;

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> As part of its role in the Obama administration's effort to combat the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration has asked pharmaceutical manufacturers for detailed data on antimicrobials they've sold for use in food animals, the Washington Post reports. Article

> Lahey Health, a system based in Burlington, Vermont, will lay off 130 people, or about 1 percent of its staff, in response to a $21 million operating loss it experienced in the six months ending March 30, according to the Boston Business Journal. Article

> Prosecutors have charged seven ex-nurses who worked at the Vineland Developmental Center in New Jersey with criminal neglect and other crimes after they allegedly failed to properly treat a disabled woman's broken finger, which resulted in the amputation of her hand, the Associated Press reports. Article

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> There are now 31 million people who have health coverage but out-of-pocket costs or deductibles so high that they're considered "underinsured," making them generally unable to take advantage of their health benefits, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund. Article

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> The American Hospital Association expressed concerns about the interoperability provisions in the 21st Century Cures legislation in a letter sent to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Article

And Finally… Fearful symmetry. Article

 

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