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Pharma money reaches guidelines writers, patient groups — even doctors on Twitter

Pharma money reaches guidelines writers, patient groups — even doctors on Twitter

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica, Jan. 17, 2017 The long arm of the pharmaceutical industry continues to pervade practically every area of medicine, reaching those who write guidelines that shape doctors’ practices, patient advocacy organizations, letter writers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and even oncologists on Twitter, according to a series of papers […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

Sky-high prices for orphan drugs slam families and insurers

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News Before Luke Whitbeck began taking a $300,000-a-year drug, the 2-year-old’s health was inexplicably failing. A pale boy with enormous eyes, Luke frequently ran high fevers, tired easily and was skinny all over, except his belly stuck out like a bowling […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

  By Uma Malhotra, MD Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist Virginia Mason Medical Center Just weeks into the flu season and we have already reached “epidemic” levels in Washington state, with dozens of flu-related deaths reported. Patients are flooding emergency departments in western Washington, complaining of flu symptoms. Around King County, the number of […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pennsylvania sees dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions

Pennsylvania sees dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions

By Christine Vestal Stateline Within months of launching a registry to prevent patients from receiving opioids and other potentially addictive prescription drugs from more than one doctor, Pennsylvania saw a substantial drop in the number of prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet. Authorized by the Legislature in 2014, Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program only began operation in […]

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The new ‘100% effective’ Ebola vaccine owes a debt to the scientists who beat smallpox

The new ‘100% effective’ Ebola vaccine owes a debt to the scientists who beat smallpox

By Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow Almost a year after the official end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the final results from one of the only Ebola vaccine trials are now in – and they look very promising. This is the only data we have on a vaccine against a virus in the Ebolavirus […]

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Street Hustle: The truth behind the ‘new’ police tool for confronting Fentanyl menace

Street Hustle: The truth behind the ‘new’ police tool for confronting Fentanyl menace

By Ryan Gabrielson ProPublica Heroin overdoses killed thousands nationwide last year — some 75 over just three days in Chicago. The central culprit in many of the fatalities was fentanyl, a lethally powerful compound often added to drugs sold on the street. As a result, health officials have called fentanyl a new public menace, and […]

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, resistance to medication costs lives

In opioid epidemic, resistance to medication costs lives

By Christine Vestal Stateline Dr. Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was 19. As medical director of Minnesota’s fabled Hazelden clinic, he watched it work for patients. He […]

December 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

US penalizes hospitals for drug-resistant infections

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties. The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, […]

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alleged scheme to fix generic drug prices started at dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

Alleged scheme to fix generic drug prices started at dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

By Liz Szabo and JoNel Aleccia and Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio Kaiser Health News The high prices Americans pay for generic drugs may have been cooked up by pharmaceutical salespeople on golf courses, at a New Jersey steakhouse or over martinis at a “Girls Nights Out” in Minnesota. Details emerging from an ongoing investigation […]

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Faced with unaffordable drug prices, tens of millions by medicine outside U.S.

Faced with unaffordable drug prices, tens of millions by medicine outside U.S.

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News As drug prices have spiraled upward in the past decade, tens of millions of generally law-abiding Americans have committed an illegal act in response: They have bought prescriptions outside the U.S. and imported them. One was Debra Miller, of Collinston, La., who traveled to Mexico four times a year […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More