One State’s Clever Solution to Painkiller Abuse

Lawmakers locally and nationally have been struggling to find ways to combat the growing problem of painkiller abuse, which kills 44 Americans daily. Strategies have focused on expanding access to drugs that treat overdoses and addiction, making painkillers harder to abuse and cutting down on prescriptions for opioids. But Illinois is trying something completely different. […]

Bush Says Fighting Drug Addiction Should Be a National Calling

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush called drug addiction one of America’s “soft underbellies” and said the fight against it should be a “national calling.” His speech at a New Hampshire forum came on the same day he published an online essay detailing his daughter’s struggle with prescription-medicine abuse. Bush, a former Florida governor, favors expanding […]

Drug Companies Spend Millions to Fight Price Cap Laws

The pharmaceutical industry is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to convince California voters to reject what would be the strictest state law in the nation to cap drug prices. California voters will consider a ballot initiative during the presidential election next year that would force drug makers to sell drugs to state […]

Sanders on Heroin Issue: ‘Addiction is a Disease, Not a Criminal Activity’

Sen. Bernie Sanders took on the issue of heroin addiction during Saturday night’s third Democratic debate, calling on voters and politicians to come to grips with addiction being “a disease, not a criminal activity.” Sanders, along with fellow candidates Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, touched on the issue, calling the situation in both New Hampshire […]

Drug Overdoses Soar By 14 Percent In Just One Year

The number of Americans who have died from a drug overdose attributable to opioids soared by 14 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed that between 2000 and 2014 a stunning 500,000 people have died as a result of drug […]

Drug-Price Poster Boy’s Arrest Unlikely to Curb Increases

Threatening one tiny drug company’s CEO with prison isn’t going to stop drugmakers from raising prices on products. Turing Pharmaceuticals AG Chief Executive Officer Martin Shkreli was arrested Thursday by U.S. law enforcement on charges of securities law violations that don’t involve his current company. Shkreli has previously denied any wrongdoing in the matter, and […]

CEO That Raised Drug Price 4,000 Percent Arrested

Martin Shkreli, who drew national scorn for hiking the cost of a life-saving drug 4,000 percent overnight, has been arrested, according to multiple reports early Thursday. The 32-year-old founder and CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical made headlines in September for raising the price of Daraprim, often used to treat HIV and AIDS patients, from $13.50 per […]

Antibiotic Resistance Explodes Globally

Antibiotic resistance is reaching such dangerous proportions that the entire global health system is at risk of collapse, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on November 16. The agency released a report highlighting many of the myths about antibiotics that people believe worldwide, and how these contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. “The rise […]

Would Speeding Drug Approvals Knock Down High Prices?

A novel solution to address the soaring prices of generic drugs would approve competitors about seven times faster than normal, but some say that may not be enough to deal with the issue. During the first Senate hearing on high drug prices last week, senators from both parties lauded a solution that would speed approval […]

High Drug Prices Collide With Efforts to Stop Overdoses

Congress has made a bipartisan commitment to curb the number of deaths from the opioid epidemic, but lawmakers may need to wade into a controversial area if they want to succeed: high drug prices. Advocates have been clamoring for congressional action to help local agencies deal with the high price of an overdose antidote. The […]