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Healthcare providers are allegedly denying chloroquine to patients because of Trump's statements

Donald Trump has insisted that Plaquenil/hydroxychloroquine will cure COVID-19. The drug is commonly used to malaria, as well as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. While there have been some successful results with drug after treating patients infected by the novel coronavirus, there's just not enough reliable information available right now. But the President's endorsement of the drug has caused a bit of panic around it. First, there are people who have died after mistakenly taking related drugs. ...
Tags: Post, News, Alabama, Pharmaceuticals, Donald Trump, Malaria, Trump, Lupus, BuzzFeed News, Charles Ornstein, SLE, Tanya Chen, Trump Administration, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus, Novel Coronavirus


Don’t deprecate off-label drug prescribing

Is it questionable and suspicious for doctors to administer a medication that has not been proved effective for the use in question? Nope. It’s perfectly normal. I explain “off-label prescribing” in a new opinion piece at the Washington Examiner, the news hook being the recent flap about chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine as possible treatments for COVID-19. A related Twitter thread is here as well as here, and here’s our earlier coverage of off-label prescribing. Also related, this recent line fro...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, Washington Examiner, Scott Alexander, WO writings, COVID-19 virus


Pharma Giant Gilead Retracts Request FDA Extend Monopoly Status on Experimental Covid-19 Drug

Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences on Wednesday retracted its effort to score extended monopoly rights and tax breaks on its antiviral drug remdesivir, which scientists are evaluating as a possible treatment in the novel coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, Big Pharma, Gilead, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Remdesivir, Pharma Giant Gilead


Coronavirus Raises Prospect Of Generic Drug Shortages

Coronavirus’ threats may extend to our drug supply. The U.S. does not manufacture the vast majority of its pharmaceuticals at home, instead relying on a complex global supply chain that starts off in China. Experts and public health officials are getting jittery that mass factory closures ordered by the Chinese government have broken the delicate pharmaceutical supply chain, resulting in looming shortages of generic drugs, which account for 90 percent of the pharmaceuticals taken by Americans...
Tags: News, Congress, China, India, America, Bloomberg, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Pentagon, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai, Sen Chuck Grassley R IA, HHS, Gibson


Cancer drugs are the most profitable for Big Pharma

A recent report from Evaluate shows oncological therapies were the most profitable in 2018. The report projects cancer drug sales to nearly double by 2024, pocketing a tidy $236.6 billion in profit. These projections come at a time when 42 percent of cancer patients lose their life savings to afford treatment. The pharmaceutical industry's top earners are cancer drugs — a sentence that will be read to the surprise of no one. When sussing out why oncological therapies cost so much, the usual ...
Tags: Health, Cancer, Markets, Merck, Humira, Public Health, Capitalism, Innovation, Fda, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Inequality, Consumerism, Roche, Big Pharma, JAMA


Martin Shkreli Faces New Lawsuit Over Scheme Inflating Cost of a Life-Saving Drug

Convicted securities fraudster Martin Shkreli is facing fresh allegations that he and his company purposely and illegally inflated the price of the drug Daraprim, a life-saving medication used to prevent malaria and treat deadly diseases caused by foodborne illness.Read more...
Tags: Science, Monopolies, Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, Pharma Bro, Life Saving Drug


Drug Company Founder Gets 5 Years in Prison for Bribery Scheme to Boost Opioid Profits

John Kapoor, the founder of Arizona-based drug company Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to just over five years in prison Thursday, far short of the 15 years that federal prosecutors had asked for after he was first found guilty in Boston last year.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, Boston, Arizona, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Vultures, Insys Therapeutics, Drug Companies, John Kapoor


Pharmaceutical roundup

“A federal judge has ordered the nation’s leading pharmacy chains to turn over billions of nationwide prescription records going back 14 years – even as the American Civil Liberties Union and some states attack similar requests by the government as overbroad and an invasion of privacy.” [Daniel Fisher, Legal NewsLine] “Without evidence and unable to make public nuisance argument, Delaware’s opioid claims against Walgreens fail” [same] “Oklahoma Opioid Ruling: Another Instance of Improper Judici...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Advertising, Merck, Walgreens, New York Times, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, Oklahoma, Delaware, Public Nuisance, New England, American Civil Liberties Union, HHS, Daniel Fisher, Ilya Shapiro


January 8 roundup

Lenawee County, Mich. authorities have posted condemnation notices on Old Order Amish farmhouses over their use of outhouses rather than modern septic systems as required by code. Dispute now heading for court [Tom Henry, Toledo Blade] Baltimore Mayor Young promotes white-van-abduction urban legends, police misconduct transparency, Montgomery County is watching drivers and more in my latest Maryland policy roundup [Free State Notes] Following outcry from activists, Facebook disables as misle...
Tags: Facebook, Maryland, Guns, Law, Virginia, Uncategorized, Wisconsin, Pharmaceuticals, Baltimore, Young, Religious Liberty, Montgomery County, Chasing Clients, Criminal Records And Hiring, Lenawee County Mich, Tom Henry Toledo Blade


Big Pharma Continues New Year's Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Pharmaceutical giants celebrated the dawn of 2020 in the best way they know how: jacking up the prices of drugs for people in the U.S. that need them.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Big Pharma


Pharmacies Don’t Know How to Dispose of Leftover Opioids and Antibiotics

Today (Dec. 30), a team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., published the results of an investigation into whether or not pharmacy workers could provide accurate information on the disposal of two classes of drugs: opioids and antibiotics. The results are frightening: The researchers enlisted volunteers to place calls to nearly 900 pharmacies in California, posing as parents with leftover antibiotics an...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Data Visualization, Uncategorized, World Health Organization, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, UCSF, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, University of California San Francisco, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Pharmacists Association, Children s National Hospital, Embargoed Study


Legalized marijuana linked to lower opioid abuse; death rates

A new study analyzed over 1.5 billion opioid prescriptions between 2011 and 2018.Researchers discovered opioid prescription reductions of 11.8 percent and 4.2 percent in states that passed recreational and medical cannabis laws.The U.S. government needs to reschedule cannabis because researchers believe it has therapeutic value. None Pain is important. It informs us of problems that need attention. Our biological pain system can go awry: some people don't feel any pain while others experience c...
Tags: Facebook, Marijuana, Innovation, Medicare, Health Care, Illness, Pharmaceuticals, Medicaid, Social Change, Derek, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama School of Law, RCL, Human body, Journal of Health Economics


Illinois set to approve insulin price cap of $100 for month supply

Some 30 million Americans have diabetes and must take insulin, but about 25 percent of them can't routinely afford the drug.In recent decades, the cost of insulin has skyrocketed, partly because only three companies make insulin in the U.S.There's some indication that recent efforts to make insulin more affordable are picking up steam. None Illinois is set to pass a measure to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 for a 30-day supply, a move that reflects a broader effort to lower costs of t...
Tags: Politics, Medicine, Congress, Colorado, Policy, Innovation, United Nations, World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals, Illinois, University of Toronto, Chicago Tribune, Sanofi, American Diabetes Association, Banting, Charles Best


Opioids roundup

Central planning meets the Drug War: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) presumes to know and decree “just how many prescription opioids of all classifications and in all situations will be needed in the coming year for a nation of 325 million people.” Paging Dr. Hayek [Jeffrey Singer] Mysteries of the “negotiating class”: National Association of Attorneys General questions novel procedural device used by federal judge Dan Polster in Cleveland [Daniel Fisher, Legal Newsline, more; Amanda Br...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Law, Washington Post, Uncategorized, Pharmaceuticals, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Public Nuisance, WSJ, Moyo, Hayek, Jacob Sullum, Daniel Fisher, National Association of Attorneys General, Scott Alexander, Opioids


Luna is a new kind of space company helping biotech find its footing in microgravity

Toronto-based startup Luna Design and Innovation is a prime example of the kind of space company that is increasingly starting up to take advantage of the changing economics of the larger industry. Founded by Andrea Yip, who is also Luna’s CEO, the bootstrapped venture is looking to blaze a trail for biotechnology companies who stand to gain a lot from the new opportunities in commercial space – even if they don’t know it yet. “I’ve spent my entire career in the public and private health industr...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Spacex, Cancer, Toronto, Merck, Ceo, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Commercial Spaceflight, Pharmaceuticals, Mars


Tort lawsuit named wrong state, described living complainant as dead

Details, always with the picky details: in an opinion written by Justice Jay Mitchell, the Supreme Court of Alabama has thrown out as untimely a tort suit filed against Janssen Biotech Inc. claiming injury from the side effects of a medication. [Charmaine Little, Chamber-backed Legal Newsline] Timeliness wasn’t the only problem with the suit, drafted by the complainant’s attorney wife: Mitchell noted in the ruling that it was “apparent” from a review of the original complaint that it was copied ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Alabama, Indiana, Pharmaceuticals, Mitchell, Don't, Tim, Janssen Biotech Inc, Justice Jay Mitchell the Supreme Court of Alabama, Charmaine Little Chamber


AstraZeneca Chooses China for R&D and AI Centers, $1B Biotech Fund

AstraZeneca says it will establish centers for drug research and artificial intelligence development in China. The pharmaceutical giant has also set up a $1 billion fund to foster biotech innovation in that country.The move—which was announced at the China International Import Expo this week—will see AstraZeneca found a global R&D center in Shanghai’s central Jing’an district. The company currently operates R&D centers at its Cambridge, UK, headquarters as well as at sites in Maryland and Swede...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Sweden, Maryland, China, Trends, Investing, Shanghai, Astrazeneca, National, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Life Sciences, Amgen, Cambridge UK, Biogen


Philadelphia jury orders J&J to pay $8 billion in claim of male breast growth from psychiatric drug

“A Philadelphia jury [October 8] ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 billion in damages to a Maryland man who said his use of J&J’s antipsychotic Risperdal as a child caused enlarged breasts and the company failed to properly warn of this risk.” [Peter Loftus, Wall Street Journal] According to the company, the jury in the case had not been allowed to hear evidence of Risperdal’s benefits or the adequacy of its labeling, and the plaintiff’s attorney never introduced evidence that the allegedly im...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Philadelphia, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson Johnson, J J, Brendan Pierson, Katie Thomas, Problem Jurisdictions, Nate Raymond Reuters, Cassens Weiss ABA Journal, Mihir Zaveri


TruTag raises $7.5 million Series C for tiny, edible barcodes that can be placed on pills, food and vaping systems

TruTag Technologies, a company that creates microscopic, edible barcodes to authenticate medications, food, vaping pods and other products, has raised a $7.5 million Series C. The funding, led by Pangaea Ventures and Happiness Capital, will be used to further commercialize its technology and develop new solutions. Along with earlier rounds, this brings TruTag’s total funding to $25 million. Its clients include PwC, which uses the company’s technology in its Food Trust Platform quality assurance ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Supply Chain, Authentication, Pharmaceuticals, University Of Virginia, U S Food and Drug Administration, Pangaea, Bartholomeusz, Quality Assurance, Matthew Cohen, TruTag, TruTag Technologies, Food Trust Platform, Anti-counterfeiting


Imprisonment: Doctor who illegally prescribed 500,000 doses of opioids to serve 40 years

According to law enforcement officials, every individual who visited Smithers' practice in Martinsville, Virginia, was given an opioid prescription.Patients traveled hundreds of miles to visit his practice, where Smithers only accepted cash or credit cards and not insurance.Smithers and similar doctors represent one part of the chain of responsible parties who contributed to the opioid epidemic. None Dr. Joel Smithers was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing more ...
Tags: Crime, Cdc, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, United States, Innovation, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Criminal Justice, Narcotics, Thomas Cullen, Johnson Johnson, Martinsville, Smithers, Purdue Pharma


The world's first psilocybin research center is opening in Jamaica

FieldTrip Ventures is opening the world's first psilocybin research center at the University of the West Indies. More research on magic mushrooms follows mounting evidence of the efficacy of ketamine and MDMA. Ronan Levy of FieldTrip believes psychedelics could help treat a wide range of mental health conditions. None When I noticed articles floating around about the opening of the world's first psilocybin research center, I figured they were from satire websites. Sure, the case for therapeutic...
Tags: Health, Depression, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals


Watch what happens when vaccinations drop by 10%

Universities of South Florida and Pittsburgh publish an online immunization simulator. The simulator shows the stunning effect of even small drops in vaccination rates. It's not just anti-vaxxers threatening community health. There are economic and geographical factors as well. None While vaccinations are administered to individuals, the benefit they provide extends beyond the recipient to the entire community in which they reside. They strengthen community immunity, or "herd immunity," by mak...
Tags: Health, Florida, Education, Cdc, Public Health, Brooklyn, Innovation, MMR, Community, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Medicaid, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, USF


Our bodies are mirrors of our minds and psyches, our culture and our communities

~~We all have genius within us. Many never access it. Genius, because of our social conditioning, is almost always frustrated and ahead of its time.~~ Western medicine with it’s penchant for suppression is a real political force. In suppressing the body’s cries we are also denying the psyche. ...
Tags: Health, News, Mental Health, Recovery, Pharmaceuticals, Infertility, Psychiatric Medications, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, Reframe Your Experience, Iatrogenic Illness, Psychiatric Abuse, Radical Healing


Medical roundup

Why is insulin so expensive? [Tyler Cowen] “People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps” [Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic via Ted Frank (calling it “an amazing story …about a problem created by overregulation and fear of tort liability, words that never appear in the article”)] Opioid litigation might be working to let the policy offenders in government get away [Jeffrey Miron and Laura Nicolae, Real Clear Policy/Cato; Jeffrey Singer, Cato; Charles Fain Lehman, National Review] A contrasting view...
Tags: Law, Medical, Uncategorized, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Pharmaceuticals, Tyler Cowen, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, HIPAA, Jeffrey Miron, Opioids, Eric Ferguson, Illegal Drugs, Ted Frank, John Cochrane, Sarah Zhang


Over half of Americans are stressed because of medical bills

More than 137 million people in the United States are struggling to pay their medical bills, according to new research.A recent survey also suggests that employer-based insurance programs are not helping as much as believed. The worst hit group is uninsured Americans, who struggle to keep up with mounting medical expenses. None Health care is at the top of the ticket in the rush toward the 2020 presidential election. Details between "Medicare for all" and public and private options will be on f...
Tags: Health, Activism, US, America, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Medicare, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Los Angeles Times, Derek, American Cancer Society, Kaiser Family Foundation, National Health Interview Survey NHIS, Surveillance and Health Services Research Program


Nanny state roundup

London ban on transit ads depicting “bad” foods winds up nixing images of Wimbledon strawberries and cream, bacon, butter, cheese, jam, honey, and Christmas pudding [Scott Shackford] And more: British medical journal The Lancet wants to do some highly non-consensual poking and jabbing at your midsection, with the aim of making you lose weight; highlights include funding activist campaigns, cutting business out of policy discussions, and routing policy through the least accountable internationa...
Tags: London, Law, Obesity, California, Uncategorized, Public Health, Britain, United Kingdom, Pharmaceuticals, Soft drinks, Nanny State, Cass Sunstein, CALEB BROWN, Snowdon, The Lancet, Randy Barnett


Why asking doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics is futile

An 85-year-old woman with dementia is admitted to hospital with worsening confusion, new urinary incontinence, and constipation.These symptoms suggest a urinary tract infection, but the doctor treating her has a dilemma because the symptoms also suggest her dementia may be worsening or she has simple constipation. Sending a sample to a lab for analysis could confirm bacteria in the urine, but getting a result takes days, so the doctor decides to play it safe and prescribe antibiotics.Scenes like...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Bacteria, Public Health, Innovation, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Antibiotics


In U.S. first, drug company faces criminal charges for distributing opioids

The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.Since 1997, nearly 222,000 Americans have died from prescription opioids, partly thanks to unethical doctors who abuse the system. None A major drug distribution company and two of its former executives are facing criminal charges, marking a major shift in the battl...
Tags: Policy, Innovation, Addiction, Rochester, Pharmaceuticals, DEA, Criminal Justice, Annals of Internal Medicine, Drug Enforcement Administration DEA, Jennifer Carpenter, Jeff Eller, Rochester Drug Cooperative, Rochester Drug Cooperative RDC, Drug Investigations Branch


DOJ Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted British firm Indivior Plc, the manufacturer of the opioid craving and withdrawal drug Suboxone Film, with misleading doctors and government health programs into thinking the drug was safer and less addictive than it really is, Bloomberg reported. According to the U.S. Justice…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Crime, Medicine, Drugs, Bloomberg, Courts, Pharmaceuticals, Department Of Justice, Doj, U S Justice, Indivior PLC, Indivior, Opioids, Opioid Crisis


Doctor Who Championed Opioids for Years Flips on Pharma Ghouls to Save His Own Ass

A doctor who was an early advocate for the use of opioids for the treatment chronic pain now says pharmaceutical companies pushing opioids have created an epidemic—one that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year. Of course, he’s doing it to get out of being sued.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pharmaceuticals, Opioids, Opioid Crisis