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Palliative care expert Miller delivers keynote at Opening General Session  

Delegates discuss policy statements, with more to come at second session on Monday

Allowing pharmacists to tell patients about drug prices seen as tool to fight rising costs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed civil securities-fraud charges on Wednesday against Theranos, company founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and a former company president. According to the SEC, they raised more than $700 million from investors while deceiving them about the capabilities of Theranos' technology.

Shareholders of CVS Health and Aetna voted on Tuesday to approve CVS's $69 billion acquisition of Aetna. According to preliminary results from the special meeting, more than 98% of the shares voted supported the deal, CVS said, while about 97% of Aetna shareholders voted in favor of the transaction.

Minneapolis VA study suggests opioids are not worth their risks

For African-American men with uncontrolled hypertension, health promotion by barbers led to greater blood-pressure reduction when combined with medication management in barbershops by specialty-trained pharmacists, according to new research.

Vial samples didn’t meet standards

New research indicates that alirocumab (Praluent—Regeneron, Sanofi) reduced patients' risk of death by 15% in a major clinical trial. The study, reported at the conference of the American College of Cardiology, involved 18,000 high-risk patients who had uncontrolled cholesterol despite taking a maximum amount of statins.

Rates jumped 30% from July 2016–September 2017