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Diving Deep Into 7 Women’s Experiences on how they Successfully Discontinued Antipsychotic Medication [New Study]

Discontinuation of antipsychotic medication can be extremely hard for mental health service users as it also comes with the risks of withdrawal and relapse.  In a new study, psychologists Miriam Larsen-Barr and Fred Seymour from the University of Auckland in New Zealand shed light on this issue through the experiences of seven women and the […]

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A $24 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Complaints did not Stop Pharma from Using its Sketchy Nurse Ambassador Programs

In a recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors Diana Mason and Tony Yang discussed how millions in settlement did not stop a pharmaceutical company from using its “nurse ambassadors” programs.  Many pharma companies actually offer these programs that help patients in using difficult to administer drugs. The lawsuit that […]

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New Study finds Lower Opioid-Related Deaths in U.S. Counties with Legal Cannabis Dispensaries

U.S. counties where cannabis is legal had lower numbers of opioid-related deaths from 2014 to 2018, according to a recent study published in The BMJ. In the last year of the study, 48,602 Americans died due to an opioid overdose. Two-thirds of these deaths were caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl, the Centers for Disease […]

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Insulin Prices in the United States at least 4 Times Higher than any Developed Nation

Insulin costs in the United States are at least four times higher as compared to 32 other nations with the same high-income economies, according to a new study conducted by RAND Corp. for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). US prices of analogue […]

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HHS nominee says Pandemic is Top Priority, but Agenda Expand beyond That

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra faced the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.  The HHS nominee told senators that if confirmed, confronting the pandemic will be at the top of his priorities, which included lowering prescription drug costs, expanding health insurance, […]

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‘National Embarrassment’: Sanders demands Reform after CBO Report finds Medicare Part D pays nearly 3 Times More for Prescription Drugs

The Medicare Part D program pays far more for medications than any other government health program, a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealed. The analysis, commissioned by Senate Budget Committee Chair, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), found that on average, Medicare Part D pays far more for brand-name drugs as compared to Medicaid.  A […]

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The Pandemic Stopped the Decades-Long Decline in America’s Smoking Habits

Over the last decade, cigarette sales in the United States has fallen significantly, until the pandemic came and Americans took more smoke breaks, causing the decline in cigarette sales to come to a halt, The Wall Street Journal reported.  This, while people who fell victim to the opioid epidemic are now filing Opioid Epidemic lawsuits, […]

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Bipartisan Bills: Several Lawmakers Propose Tough New Laws to Cut Drug Prices

In light of a lack of changes in federal policy, several states are proposing new and tougher laws in an attempt to lower drug prices. Lawmakers across the United States are pushing for bills that would hold drugmakers accountable for unjustified prescription drug hikes and would cap payments equal to that of much lower Canadian […]

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Big Pharma Firms seek Tax Refund from Opioid Settlement, Denies Any Wrongdoings Linked to the Epidemic

Four companies that agreed to pay $26 billion in giant settlements for their role in the opioid epidemic are now planning to claim up to billions of dollars in tax refund. Blockbuster Settlements In the past few months, when details of the giant settlements to be made were still on the works, pharma giant Johnson […]

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