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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 28 Sep

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. It’s hard to believe anything happened this week other than the hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, but there…

Buried In Congress’ Opioid Bill Is Protection For Personal Drug Imports 27 Sep

Buried In Congress’ Opioid Bill Is Protection For Personal Drug Imports

WASHINGTON — The final version of the massive opioid bill Congress released Wednesday would grant the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports, but it also includes a provision — nearly killed in the Senate — to shield people who are just trying to buy cheaper, needed prescription medication from…

Readers And Tweeters Slice And Dice Precision Medicine, Step Therapy 26 Sep

Readers And Tweeters Slice And Dice Precision Medicine, Step Therapy

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Precision Medicine: The Full Picture Thank you for publishing Liz Szabo’s piece, “Much Touted For Cancer, ‘Precision Medicine’ Often Misses The Target” (Sept. 13). In calculating the pluses and minuses…

Workers Overdose On The Job, And Employers Struggle To Respond 25 Sep

Workers Overdose On The Job, And Employers Struggle To Respond

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jimmy Sullivan prepared for his job as a bricklayer the same way every morning for years: injecting a shot of heroin before leaving his car. The first time he overdosed on the job, in 2013 at a Virginia construction site, a co-worker who is his cousin stealthily injected a dose of Narcan,…

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 21 Sep

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday! Before we dive in to the harder news, please join me in enjoying this story about scientists dosing a shy breed of octopus with…

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Health On The Hill 20 Sep

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Health On The Hill

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Rebecca Adams CQ Roll Call @RebeccaAdamsDC Read Rebecca's Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot's Stories As the start of the fiscal year draws near — along with pivotal midterm elections — Congress is picking up…

Half As Many People Are Trying Heroin, But Marijuana Use Grows 14 Sep

Half As Many People Are Trying Heroin, But Marijuana Use Grows

Some good news from the front lines of the heroin crisis: Half as many people tried heroin for the first time in 2017 as in 2016. That’s according to data released Friday from the government’s annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health. “This is what we were hoping for,” said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, who…

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 14 Sep

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. If you’ve been glued to your preferred weather service (as I have) over the past few days watching Hurricane Florence lumber toward the East Coast, you…

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A Detour On A Smoking Off-Ramp 13 Sep

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A Detour On A Smoking Off-Ramp

Sarah Jane Tribble Kaiser Health News @sjtribble Read Sarah Jane's Stories Rebecca Adams CQ Roll Call @RebeccaAdamsDC Read Rebecca's Stories Stephanie Armour The Wall Street Journal @StephArmour1 Read Stephanie's Stories Kimberly Leonard Washington Examiner @leonardkl Read Kimberly's Stories The Food and Drug Administration declared Wednesday that vaping among teenagers has reached “an epidemic proportion.” The…

Insurer To Purdue Pharma: We Won’t Pay For OxyContin Anymore 13 Sep

Insurer To Purdue Pharma: We Won’t Pay For OxyContin Anymore

The largest insurer in Tennessee has announced it will no longer cover prescriptions for what was once a blockbuster pain reliever. It’s the latest insurance company to turn against OxyContin, whose maker, Purdue Pharma, faces dozens of lawsuits related to its high-pressure sales tactics around the country and contribution to the opioid crisis. Last fall, Cigna and Florida…