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Topher SpiroVerified account @TopherSpiro 6h6 hours ago

 
 

Trump is proposing to *increase* drug prices abroad, probably through trade deals. This is the biggest item on Big Pharma's wish list! How the heck is this going to lower drug prices in this country???

 
 
 
 

There is nothing, absolutely nothing in here to lower drug prices for the 150 million Americans with employer coverage or the millions more with other private insurance.

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Shirley C @ghhshirley 5h5 hours ago

 
 
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The only group helped by Trump’s, LOL, “pricing plan” is Big Pharma.

Guess Michael Cohen came through for Novartis.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Nobel Prize-winning doctors slam Trump’s prescription drug scam

"The international medical humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) slammed Trump’s speech on prescription drug prices Friday, using the White House’s own words to savage the sham proposal.

In a statement, MSF said Trump’s proposed plan to address prescription drug costs “fails to address the root problem” of rising prices and could make medicine unaffordable for the world’s most vulnerable populations while still not reducing costs in the U.S.

The group also hit back at Trump’s suggestion that drug prices in the U.S. are high because other countries aren’t paying their fair share — a suggestion that mirrors Trump’s misguided statements about NATO members.

https://shareblue.com/doctors-without-borders-trump-prescription-drug-costs-big-pharma/

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http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/05/child-welfare-and-the-intended-consequences-of-the-war-on-drugs/

In order to properly understand the child welfare system we must grasp its connections to race, class, drugs, and reproduction. Many recognize that our nation’s shameful mass incarceration rates are fueled by our long carceral history and the infamous “war on drugs” with its intentional targeting of Black and Brown communities and impoverished people. We know the statistics, read the books, watch the documentaries. However, we think less about the ways this “war” pollutes the systems — medical, educational, social, and child welfare — we have been convinced to believe exist for our, or others,’ protection.

For some reason we have difficulty accepting drug policy as race and class policy, and the connections between these nefarious policies and the resulting attacks on the gains of Black resistance movements. These policies implicate individuals and criminalize entire communities instead of repairing the underlying harms done to those communities.

The connections between drugs, reproduction, child welfare, poverty, and race are complicated but omnipresent. One example: in New York City it is common practice in public hospitals to drug-test pregnant mothers without their knowledge or consent, which can result in child welfare proceedings. My organization, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, represents women who are arrested, detained, prosecuted, and shamed in relation to their pregnancy outcomes, circumstances which mostly affect low-income women and women of color.

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Schumer: Deadly ‘super pills’ are making opioid epidemic even worse.

https://nypost.com/2018/05/20/schumer-deadly-super-pills-are-making-opioid-epidemic-even-worse/

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Schumer said Sunday.

A single super pill has at least 80 morphine equivalents, a dosage the senator said is rarely needed in pain management. The OxyContin brand of super pills has the dosage power of 24 Vicodin tablets in one swallow.

 

Well there goes his healthcare. :P

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On the serious side, this is a major problem, my state sued over this! :(

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https://www.dallasnews.com/news/frisco/2018/05/18/frisco-hospice-executive-admits-overdosing-patients-hasten-death-make-money

The former executive of a Frisco hospice admitted Thursday to overdosing patients to "hasten their deaths" so the company could make more money, court records show.

Melanie Murphey, 36, admitted serving as the "go-between" for Novus Health Services owner Bradley Harris, doctors and nurses in an alleged $60 million scheme.

Murphey, Novus' director of operations, pleaded guilty to health care fraud and is expected to testify against 15 others in the case, including Harris and his wife, Amy. The other defendants have pleaded not guilty. 

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https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/beware-called-mental-health-de-stigmatization-campaigns-make-ok-nami-front-groups-big-pharma.html

Here is a little known but extremely relevant fact: The first campaign to “Stop the Stigma of Mental Illness” was launched many years ago by the psycho-pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) that makes tens of billions of dollars annually by selling unaffordable, often highly addictive, brain-altering drugs that are then promoted by psychiatrists and family physicians as being necessary for the rest of the drug-taking patient’s lives.

Why doesn’t that surprise anybody? The norm for all capitalist enterprises is to make money by hook or by crook.

With a seemingly altruistic agenda of understanding and compassionately dealing with unfortunate people that are somehow different than the rest of us, the fact is that the campaign is all about marketing a product rather than ending the “stigma” of so-called “mental illnesses”.

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Cancer drug spending doubled in last 5 years, report says

Every new cancer drug cost $100,000 or more in 2017.
"Spending on cancer drugs has doubled over the past five years, and little wonder: Every new cancer drug brought to market last year cost $100,000 or more, according to a new report.

The average cost of a new drug released in 2017 was $150,000, according to the report from The IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, formerly IMS Health and Quintiles.

 

Those drug costs are expected to double again by 2022, the report finds. That compares to the average $79,000 cost of new cancer drugs that hit the market in 2013.....

“Worse, these drugs are almost always built on science paid for by taxpayers through the NIH (National Institutes of Health). So we wind up paying twice — once to invent the drug and again when it comes to market,” he said.

Plus, coupons cannot be used by patients on Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for just about everyone over 65. “So there is no help for patients on that front,” Mitchell said....

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cancer-drug-spending-doubles-5-years-n877236?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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ProPublicaVerified account @ProPublica 3h3 hours ago

 
 

Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid painkiller’s growing abuse until years after it went on the market.

But it knew.

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  • A New York Times investigation found after uncovering a chain of confidential internal communications that Purdue Pharma knew that its opioid drugs were being abused in 1996 shortly after they came on the market.
  • In 2007, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to "misbranding" its drug as less addictive than shorter-lasting painkillers.
  • Earlier in 2018, Purdue said it would cut down its sales force and enforce measures to both reduce the amount of excess drugs in circulation and make drugs with more "abuse-deterrent" properties.

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/purdue-pharma-knew-its-opioid-was-being-abused-as-early-as-1996-2018-5

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On 5/11/2018 at 4:43 PM, mr6666 said:

The New York TimesVerified account @nytimes

 

President Trump will NOT call for Medicare to negotiate lower prices with drug manufacturers, senior administration officials said

Allowing Medicaid to negotiate drug prices and putting an end to the nonsense at the end of a drug's patent life would be a start. Nothing replaces single payer though.

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https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-20000-Suffer-Physically-Financially-from-MS-Experts-20180530-0027.html

Mexico: 20,000 Suffer Physically, Financially from MS: Experts

 

According to specialists, one out of every two women will contract the neurological disease.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an incurable neurological disease, affects 2.3 million people around the world, between 50,000 to 100,000 Latin Americans, and as many as 20,000 Mexicans, experts say.

Since 2009, the final Wednesday in May has been observed as World Multiple Sclerosis Day which targets young adults, primarily women, between the ages of 20 and 40. According to specialist Treviño Frenk, one out of every two women will contract the paralyzing disease.

“This is a chronic degenerative disease which is the second cause of disability in young adults because it can take up to 10 years to be diagnosed," Frenk, a member of the Mexican Academy of Neurology,  told EFE.

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https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/coal-lobby-fights-black-lung-tax-as-disease-rates-surge

As a young man, Barry Shrewsbury (not pictured) dug coal in the West Virginia mines and spent his time off hunting and fishing in the rolling hills.

Now, at 62, he struggles to breathe and accomplish basic tasks such as shopping and showering, and relies on a federal fund for ex-miners with black lung disease to pay for an oxygen tank and doctor visits.

"The benefits are a lifeline," Shrewsbury said between laboured breaths after a treatment at the Bluestone Health Center in Princeton, West Virginia, an industrial-style building set against the leafy landscape.

That lifeline is threatened. The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is at risk of insolvency due to soaring debt and a slashing of coal-company contributions through a tax cut scheduled for the end of the year, according to a report the U.S. Government Accountability Office plans to publish soon, two sources briefed on it told Reuters.

 

That shortfall - which comes as black lung rates hit highs not seen in decades - could force the fund to restrict benefits or shift some of the financial burden to taxpayers, the sources said on condition of anonymity. The fund currently provides medical coverage and monthly payments for living expenses to more than 15,000 people, according to a Congressional report published this year.

The coal industry, meanwhile, is lobbying Congress to ensure the scheduled tax reduction goes forward, arguing the payments have already been too high at a difficult time for mining companies and that the fund has been abused by undeserving applicants.

 

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St. Luke’s to Suspend Heart Transplants After Recent Deaths

The move comes two weeks after ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported on pervasive problems in the historic heart program.

The decision to put the program on a 14-day inactive status — meaning it will turn away all donor hearts during that time — came about two weeks after ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported that in recent years the program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths and lost several top physicians.....

https://www.propublica.org/article/st-lukes-to-suspend-heart-transplants-after-recent-deaths?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1528032315

 

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

 

St. Luke’s to Suspend Heart Transplants After Recent Deaths

The move comes two weeks after ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported on pervasive problems in the historic heart program.

The decision to put the program on a 14-day inactive status — meaning it will turn away all donor hearts during that time — came about two weeks after ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported that in recent years the program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths and lost several top physicians.....

https://www.propublica.org/article/st-lukes-to-suspend-heart-transplants-after-recent-deaths?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1528032315

 

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Chronicle reported that in recent years the program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths and lost several top physicians.

 

So it begs the question, how qualified are the remaining physicians? :o

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https://features.propublica.org/stuck-kids/illinois-dcfs-children-psychiatric-hospitals-beyond-medical-necessity/

IN THE SPRING OF 2016, a 12-year-old named Gabriel Brasfield spent 3 ½ months in a psychiatric hospital in Chicago. His hair, which he liked to wear cropped, grew long and unkempt. He forgot what it felt like to wear shoes because he was allowed to wear only hospital socks. He missed months of school, and couldn’t go outside. He celebrated his 13th birthday at the hospital, where he said the walls were bare and there was little to do.

And for eight weeks of those 3 ½ months, he didn’t even need to be there.

Doctors had agreed Brasfield was ready to be discharged about six weeks after he arrived, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which is his legal guardian, couldn’t find anywhere for him to go.

Brasfield is one of hundreds of children in the care of DCFS who are held each year inside psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months, even though they have been cleared to leave, a ProPublica Illinois investigation found.

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".......it can be extremely hard to find homes for these children. Some are among the toughest to place, and some need extended hospital treatment. Their complex mental health issues may reflect a devastating history of trauma. They can destroy property, be violent or act out sexually. Those factors can make the children that much more vulnerable to the effects of unneeded psychiatric hospitalizations, on top of making them more difficult to place.

To DCFS, rushing into the wrong placement can be harmful to a child.

“‘Must go faster’ is not necessarily the answer,” said Neil Skene, the special assistant to Walker. “If we hurry kids into a placement that can’t meet their needs and they have another episode, they’ll have a new diagnosis and a new hospitalization.”......

-No easy answers :(

 

 

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

It's hard to believe that Americans pay for free healthcare for every member of Congress.

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