Private Insurance Would Not Be Eradicated Under Medicare for All—But It Would Take a Huge Hit

Sen. Kamala Harris defended Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation Monday night at CNN’s town hall, correcting moderator Don Lemon’s statement that the new healthcare plan would “effectively eliminate private insurance.” Harris acknowledged that Medicare for All would phase out private insurance as “the main source, but there would still be supplemental” plans available. […]

Why Accenture Bought a Digital Ad Agency

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Never has the notion of swimming outside one’s lane been so exciting. Accenture, the spawn of Arthur Andersen turned consultant turned marketing guru, is buying Droga5, a buzzy advertising […]

How Artificial Intelligence Could Humanize Healthcare

Using artificial intelligence in healthcare could actually make medicine more human by giving doctors more time to interact with their patients. The technology promises to improve healthcare by making it more effective and speedy by eliminating some of the mundane functions that eat up doctors’ time, Eric Topol, founder and director of the non-profit Scripps […]

AstraZeneca Will Pay Up to $6.9 Billion for Rights to Japanese Drugmaker’s Cancer Drug

AstraZeneca is aiming to expand its presence in the oncology industry with a new drug rights acquisition. The pharmaceutical company said on Thursday that it’s agreed to pay up to $6.9 billion for a cancer drug developed by Japanese drugmaker Daiichi-Sankyo. The sum includes an upfront payment of $1.4 billion and the possibility of paying […]

Xeralto to Become First Prescription Drug With TV Ads That Includes Pricing

Xeralto has been a popular drug-thinner for years–and the target of more than 25,000 lawsuits recently settled by Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson for $775 million. Now Xeralto, a brand name for generic rivaroxaban, is getting some attention for something different. It’s about to become the first drug to include prices in television ads, […]

Measles Outbreak Prompts One New York County to Ban Unvaccinated Children From Public Spaces

A county in upstate New York has taken the unprecedented step to ban unvaccinated children from public places following a measles outbreak. Rockland County, which is about 40 miles north of New York City, said on Tuesday that children under 18 years of age who haven’t been vaccinated against the measles cannot attend any public […]

CVS Pharmacy Will Begin Selling CBD Products in Stores Across 8 States

CVS Pharmacy is jumping on the CBD bandwagon. The company said in a statement to CNBC on Wednesday that it’s now selling cannabidiol (CBD) products at locations across eight states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, and Maryland, among others. The company is selling everything from lotions to sprays and said that it’s only working with CBD […]

FDA Approves First Drug Treatment for Postpartum Depression

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug for the first time that aims at treating postpartum depression in mothers. Dubbed Zulresso, the medication is administered by a continuous intravenous (IV) infusion for 60 hours. According to the FDA, the IV must be administered in a health care facility because of fears […]

Fewer People Are Strategizing With Prescription Drug Choices to Control Their Health Care Costs

The U.S. has the highest drug prices in the world. Despite enormous expenses in research and marketing, pharmaceutical companies have the tenth highest profit levels among all industries. Despite some attention from Congress and the administration, prices remain high and promise to continue do so, at least in the immediate future. You might expect that […]