• pharmaceutical industry Oct 1, 2020

    Profits Drive High Drug Prices, House Investigation Finds

    Enormous drug company profits are the primary driver of soaring prescription drug prices in America, according to a damning investigation that Democrats on the House Oversight Committee began releasing Wednesday. The first two reports in the investigation focus on Celgene and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Revlimid cancer treatment, which saw its price hiked 23 times since 2005, and Teva’s multiple sclerosis…

  • coronavirus vaccine Sep 12, 2020

    Oxford, AstraZeneca to Resume Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

    Oxford University says trials of a coronavirus vaccine that it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will resume, days after being paused due to a reported side-effect in a patient in the U.K.

  • drug prices Jun 17, 2020

    Court Strikes Down Trump Rule That Drugmakers Disclose Price

    In a major legal setback for President Donald Trump on a high-profile consumer issue, a federal appeals court has ruled that his administration lacks the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads

  • Donald Trump Jul 31, 2019

    US to Set Up Plan Allowing Prescription Meds From Canada

    The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a way for Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of refusals by health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications. The move is a step toward fulfilling a 2016 campaign promise by President Donald Trump, and it...

  • United States Jul 24, 2019

    No Obligation to the Public, Opioid Distributor Tells Lawyer

    An executive at one of the nation’s largest drug distribution companies said under questioning recently that the business has no obligation to the public when it comes to the amount of prescription opioid painkillers it ships. That’s one of the exchanges included in thousands of pages of court documents, including depositions and internal emails, made public this week in lawsuits...

  • United States Jun 20, 2019

    UN Health Agency to Remove Controversial Opioid Guidelines

    The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue Pharma, the American manufacturer of the...

  • Facebook Mar 7, 2019

    Facebook Cracks Down on Vaccine Misinformation

    Facebook announced on Thursday new policies to reduce the visibility of vaccine misinformation on its platform, including rejecting advertising and excluding groups and pages from search results that spread “vaccine hoaxes.” The announcement comes after weeks of criticism from public health advocates and lawmakers who have called for action to curtail inaccurate information about vaccines, which have led to a...

  • Donald Trump Jun 4, 2018

    Skimping Can't Save Seniors From Higher Medical Costs: Gov't Report

    Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs — but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report due out Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older people and taxpayers. The Health and Human Services inspector general’s office says it found a 17 percent drop in the overall number of prescriptions for brand-name medications under...

  • MAYOR May 21, 2018

    Revolving Door of Despair: Drugs Land More Women Behind Bars

    Tucked in a remote corner of Appalachia, the Campbell County Jail offers an agonizing glimpse into how the tidal wave of opioids and methamphetamines has ravaged America. Here and across the country, addiction is driving skyrocketing rates of incarcerated women, tearing apart families while squeezing communities that lack money, treatment programs and permanent solutions to close the revolving door. Women...

  • Pennsylvania Apr 28, 2018

    As States Consider Taxing Opioids, Drugmakers Push Back

    Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it. Bills introduced in at least 15 states would impose taxes or fees on prescription painkillers. Several of the measures have bipartisan support and would funnel millions of...

  • finance Nov 21, 2017

    Opioids Haunt Users' Recovery: ‘It Never Really Leaves You'

    Businessman Kyle Graves shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit. Ex-trucker Jeff McCoy threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn’t hand over his fentanyl patches. Bianca Knight resorted to street pills when her opioids ran out, envisioning her law career dreams crumble. These are three Americans who started using powerful...

  • CHEMOTHERAPY Jul 21, 2017

    Cancer Patients' Gray Hair Turned Dark in Trials for New Immune Drugs

    Cancer patients’ gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads. Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients involved were all being treated with new immunotherapy drugs that work differently and have different side effects. A Spanish study suggests that may include restoring hair pigment, at least...

  • Philadelphia Apr 5, 2017

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Touts Opioid Busts in New Video

    Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro calls the fight against opioid addiction “my top priority” in a new video he posted Tuesday while touting heroin busts and crackdowns on over-prescribers of painkillers.

  • Donald Trump Mar 11, 2017

    Trump Picks Former FDA Official to Head Agency

    President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has chosen a conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Scott Gottlieb would be tasked with Trump’s goal of cutting red tape at the FDA, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals to seafood to electronic cigarettes. Trump has called the...

  • Donald Trump Feb 6, 2017

    Merck Profit Soars on New Drugs, New Jersey Drugmaker Expects Better 2017

    The Kenilworth, New Jersey, company expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.47 to $2.62 per share, with revenue of $38.6 billion to $40.1 billion â just a tad below what analysts were expecting.

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