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Booker And The Other Big-Pharma Democrats Have No Excuse. Here's The Vote That Proves It.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did this week.

Outrage Of The Month: '21st Century Cures'

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

In December 2016, after weeks of secret negotiations, the lame-duck Congress passed -- and President Barack Obama signed -- the dangerous 21st Century Cures Act.

Is the Clinton Foundation Responsible for the High Price of AIDS Drugs in the US?

Quora | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics

Is there any truth to the claim that the Clinton Foundation schemed with Big Pharma to keep the price of AIDS drugs high in the U.S.? originally appea...

As Manufacturer Of Leading Addiction Drug Comes Under Legal Fire, A New Competitor Emerges

Paul Alexander | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Paul Alexander

America is in the throes of an opioid addiction epidemic. In 2014, of the 21.5 million adults suffering from drug addiction, 2.5 million were abusing ...

Lobbyists, Campaign Cash Help Drug Industry Stymie Bid To Restrain Medicare Prescription Costs

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The ban on government price bargaining, justified by supporters on free market grounds, has been derided by critics as a giant gift to the drug industry.

Prop 61 -- California's Fight Against Outrageous Drug Prices

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

If approved, Prop. 61 would require California state government to pay no more for drugs than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) pays for the same drugs.

Just Like Millions of Americans, I Cling to My Emergency Klonopin Prescription

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Galina Nemirovsky

Klonopin is a brand name of the drug, Clonazepam, used to treat seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. It is a controlled substance and can cause para...

Innovation and Regulation in Pharmaceuticals

Adam Grossman | Posted 09.15.2016 | Impact
Adam Grossman

I am a caregiver and patient advocate for my mom. I am also a proud co-founder of Give to Cure. My dynamic and awesome co- founder, Lou Reese, is a pa...

One Size Fits All Medical Solutions Suck

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 09.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Galina Nemirovsky

One of the concepts (and there are MANY) from My Big Fat Greek Wedding which I relate to is the father's obsession with the ubiquitous usage of Windex...

There's One Big Unfinished Promise By Bill Clinton That Hillary Should Put To Bed

Robert Reich | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

What can be done to deter pharmaceutical companies from jacking up prices of critical drugs? To prevent Wall Street banks from excessive gambling? To ...

Number Of Registered Lobbyists Plunges As Spending Declines Yet Again

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The lobbying industry may start arguing for its own bailout bill, given the relentless decline in reported spending for its services.

Orlando: A Call For Consciousness

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The seams in the streets are open. The superficial protections and justices that held us together sit as ancient ruins for politicians and their pund...

Congressional Hearing Goof Pulls Back The Curtain On How Washington Really Works

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Everyone knows Washington can be a virtual echo chamber, but a pair of witnesses at a congressional hearing this week took things a litt...

'Devotion,' A Conversation With Ros Barber

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.12.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Ros Barber is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning The Marlow Papers, which was written entirely in iambic pentameter. She began her career in the sciences and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.

5 Myths About Life Science Innovation in the United States

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2017 | Politics
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Policymakers should reject the false choice between public-sector leadership and private-sector leadership. America leads the world because its system maximizes the strengths of both.

Big Pharma Is Pushing Drugs You Don't Need For Disorders You Don't Have

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 03.31.2016 | Business

One evening in the late summer of 2015, Lisa Schwartz was watching television at her Vermont home when an ad for a sleeping pill called Belsomra appea...

Simple Tips to Get Cheaper Medications

Nurse Katz | Posted 03.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

You might also want to make a list of the most expensive medications that your family seems to be taking throughout the year and find a cheaper alternative. On the other hand, you just might want to choose a health insurance that covers the medication you need and the pharmacy of your choice during the next open enrollment period, thus, creating better odds than Vegas!

Ghostface Killah Just Went Full Blast On 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Dennis "Ghostface Killah" Coles is officially in a beef with Martin Shkreli, but he's blasting the former pharmaceutical executive...

An Open Letter to Martin Shkreli and Nancy Retzlaff

Erica Barnes | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Erica Barnes

I wonder how long it takes Turing Pharmaceuticals to blow through $100,000. If your testimonies at the recent congressional hearing on drug pricing are correct, then I'm guessing a Christmas party or two would take care of $100,000.

No Patient Should Be Judged Based on an "Algorithm"

Tony Coelho | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Tony Coelho

Unfortunately, I am continually disappointed when I come across proposals from the halls of academia that seek to impose an "algorithm" for value of health care that seeks to mechanically determine what tests and treatments are worth giving to patients and which are not.

Prescription Nation

Annie Negrin MD | Posted 01.13.2017 | Healthy Living
Annie Negrin MD

America is #1 -- that is, in terms of the number of people on prescription medications. We outrank the rest of the word in terms of how many people t...

How Insurance Companies Drive Up the Cost of Live-Saving Drugs for Patients

Rob Sawicki | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

When the Daraprim story broke, politicians saw an opportunity to tackle an issue that had drawn ample media attention -- the cost of pharmaceutical treatments.

A Drug Company Is Putting Work-Life Balance Before Profit. Cool.

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business

Pharmaceutical companies delay drugs for many reasons. Sometimes it's because more safety tests are required. Sometimes it's because more money is nee...

Ex-NFL Player Says Weed Helped Him Kick Pills, Suicidal Thoughts

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.06.2015 | Sports

Former All-Pro offensive lineman Kyle Turley has said he sustained over 100 concussions in his playing days, but it’s the argument around which drug...

Holding Big Pharma Accountable: Why Suing The Pharmaceutical Industry Isn't Working

Caroline Beaton | Posted 10.13.2016 | Business
Caroline Beaton

Since the 1990s, Congress has implemented four programs to expedite the approval process for new, exceptional pharmaceuticals. These pathways were created to push innovative, life-saving drugs for rare conditions through the FDA more quickly using preliminary, substandard research.