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A River Dies of Thirst: journals

A River Dies of Thirst: journals

By Mahmoud Darwish

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Tag: Pharmaceuticals

CEO Who Raised HIV Drug Price by 5,000% Also Hiked Cost of Pill for Children With Incurable Disease

Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is being called the most hated man in America for raising the price of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Now his earlier pricing decisions are being examined. It is being reported that one such decision led to a 2,000 percent price increase for a medication taken by children suffering from a rare kidney disease.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders: Stop Soaring Drug Prices

Earlier this month, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate said he would introduce legislation to halt skyrocketing pharmaceutical prices, which the industry raised 12.6 percent last year.

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Mentally Ill Prisoners

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The Perils of Problematic Prescribing: A Double Dose of Warnings

Two new reports from the CDC show the dangers of overprescribing narcotics and antibiotics. Is there a way for doctors and consumers to make better decisions?

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE

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Say Goodbye to Your Antibiotics

We’ve reached the limits of medicine’s effectiveness. Thanks to overmedication and the abuse of antibiotics in the agriculture industry, there are infections that can no longer be treated with antibiotics. And there’s nothing left to do except maybe hope for the best.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE

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The U.S. Has the Best Health Care System in the World—for Drug Companies

Two new articles dive into the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has gamed the market forces behind U.S. drug prices, and how sweetheart deals between doctors and financing firms are gouging the economically vulnerable.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Suit Alleges Drug Company Paid Doctors to Shill

Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis paid doctors to push three of its products by holding “educational events” on fishing trips and at Hooters restaurants that amounted to little more than parties, according to the federal government.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Antidepressant Nation

A serious conversation is under way in the United States on the subject of psychiatric drugs. The debate consists of three fundamental issues: first, whether antidepressants actually treat depression; second, the vast, growing body of evidence that psychotropic medications ... (more)

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Go Ahead and Sue

The Supreme Court stood by that most American of rights Wednesday—the right to sue. By a 6-3 vote, the court decided that federal oversight and warning labels do not protect the pharmaceutical industry from lawsuits. The one-armed Vermont musician involved in the case was thrilled, and not just because she got to keep $6.7 million.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE

OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE

Curing the Female ‘Curse’

Birth control pill manufacturer Wyeth has whipped up a new product, Lybrel, that will not only prevent pregnancies but will apparently eliminate menstrual periods altogether.  Does this development constitute a liberating break from biology for women or a subtle message that their bodies need to be somehow ‘fixed’?

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE

The GOP Shell Game

With the Bush administration, it’s important to have in mind the old carnival con game: Keep your eye on the shell with the pea under it.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE

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