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Bill Murray drops in, busts a move

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:38
Bill Murray popped up at a birthday party over the weekend, getting down with the crowd to DJ Snake and Lil Jon's hit "Turn Down for What."
Categories: Entertainment News

Streisand returns to late night

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:38
Returning to late night after more than half a century earns you an entire evening for yourself.
Categories: Entertainment News

Rihanna to CBS Sports: 'F*** you!'

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:37
Rihanna took to Twitter expressing her outrage after CBS Sports dropped her song from Thursday Night Football.
Categories: Entertainment News

Boeing, Space X land NASA contracts

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:31
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Kanye West's controversial demand

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:29
Kanye West has high expectations from his fans at concerts. And if you can't meet them, he's going to need to know why.
Categories: Entertainment News

Baby or breakup for Beyonce and Jay Z?

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:29
Beyonce and Jay Z appear determined to keep fans guessing. The conversation swirling around them has gone from "Are they over?" to "Are they overjoyed about an addition to their family?"
Categories: Entertainment News

'The View' co-hosts drop major weight

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:23
"The View" returned to TV on Monday with a new set, two new faces and a pair of returning hosts who've spent their time away focusing on their health.
Categories: Entertainment News

Anheuser-Busch criticizes NFL: 'We are not satisfied'

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:11
Anheuser-Busch is the first major National Football League sponsor to publicly criticize how the league is handling domestic violence controversies.

'Historic moment' as EU deal brings Ukraine closer to West

CNN World - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:05
Ukraine and the European Union ratified a political and economic agreement Tuesday, in a step leaders hailed as a "historic moment."
Categories: International News

U.S. to Corinthian Colleges: Forgive $500 million in student loans

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:50
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FBI launches a face recognition system

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:48
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Awkward: Sears borrows $400M from its CEO

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:29
Talk about awkward. Sears secured a $400 million loan this week from a hedge fund whose sole shareholder is the struggling retailer's chairman, CEO and leading investor.

500 migrants die when human smugglers rammed boat

CNN World - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:09
Witnesses say as many as 500 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea when their boat was intentionally sunk by people traffickers, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.
Categories: International News

As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients Struggle

Lifestyles - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:01
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(NewsUSA) - It's a David-vs.-Goliath dispute, and millions of patients are caught in the middle -- perhaps even unaware they're about to lose coverage for the compounded medications they need for their conditions.

At issue are the customized medications pharmacists prepare for patients who can't metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs. Compounded medicines often are the only option for doctors treating certain children and seniors, patients coping with the pain of cancer and diabetes, and those with liver or kidney diseases.

In one corner: powerful insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) hell-bent on saving money by eliminating or cutting coverage of those medications.

In the other corner, fighting to reverse their moves: a coalition of patients, physicians, pharmacists and pro-patient groups like the Veterans Advocacy Group of America, the Kidney Cancer Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

"This is about shifting costs to patients," says Jay McEniry, executive director of Patients and Physicians for Rx Access (saverxaccess.org). "Physicians are being placed in the impossible position of either prescribing a compounded medication the patient needs but can't afford, or prescribing a less effective treatment because it may be covered by the patient's insurance."

The list of "Goliaths" who've announced or already implemented such cutbacks now includes United Healthcare/Optum Rx, Catamaran, CVS/Caremark, Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states.

But the coalition's immediate wrath is directed at the nation's largest PBM: Express Scripts, which in September is slated to stop covering 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medications -- effectively "eliminating an entire class of medications," says McEniry.

Express Scripts and others argue that commercial drugs can do the job just as well for less money. But try telling that to patients like Linda Sauer.

The Dwight, Illinois, woman relies on her doctor-prescribed compounded medications for relief from several painful and debilitating conditions, and is outraged that Express Scripts' decision leaves her no choice but to pay for them out of pocket.

"They're denying me access to medicines that work better than the mass-produced drugs I've tried," she says. "It will cost me and others hundreds of dollars per month."

Sauer at least has read the advisory notice from Express Scripts, which the coalition claims gives "misleading reasons" for targeting what it calls "essential medicines" whose ingredients are purchased from FDA-regulated suppliers. But what of patients who didn't?

Sadly, they're in for a shock the next time they try to fill a prescription.

Top Wal-Mart exec resigns amid resume flap

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:41
A senior spokesman at Wal-Mart has resigned after the company found out he did not have the college degree he claimed to have.

Netflix and Judd Apatow are in "Love"

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:31
Netflix and Judd Apatow are going to make "Love."

America's largest pension ditches hedge funds

Business News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:28
America's largest pension fund is saying goodbye to hedge funds.
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