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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 30 Aug

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! Do you ever wonder what our modern-day version of bloodletting is? You know, that practice that would horrify whoever is writing the Breeze 200…

In India’s Slums, ‘Painkillers Are Part Of The Daily Routine’ 29 Aug

In India’s Slums, ‘Painkillers Are Part Of The Daily Routine’

A man stands outside Dr. Sunil Sagar’s clinic, which caters to residents of Bhagwanpur Khera.(Saumya Khandelwal/The Guardian) This story also ran on The Guardian. This story can be republished for free (details). NEW DELHI — In the crowded waiting room of Dr. Sunil Sagar’s clinic, in the working-class neighborhood of Bhagwanpur Khera, a toddler breathes…

In India’s Burgeoning Pain Market, U.S. Drugmakers Stand To Gain 28 Aug

In India’s Burgeoning Pain Market, U.S. Drugmakers Stand To Gain

Workers are packed into a pharmacy shop at the Bhagirath Palace pharmaceuticals market in Old Delhi, India.(Saumya Khandelwal/The Guardian) This story is the first in a two-part series. Coming tomorrow: “In India’s Slums, Painkillers Part Of Daily Routine.” This story also ran on The Guardian. This story can be republished for free (details). NEW DELHI…

Judge Cites Opioid ‘Menace,’ Awards Oklahoma $572M In Landmark Case 26 Aug

Judge Cites Opioid ‘Menace,’ Awards Oklahoma $572M In Landmark Case

An Oklahoma judge has ruled that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson helped ignite the state’s opioid crisis by deceptively marketing painkillers and must pay $572 million to the state. Oklahoma sought $17 billion, blaming Johnson & Johnson’s marketing practices for fueling the crisis that has claimed the lives of 6,000 people in the state. It’s the…

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes 23 Aug

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! We have officially made it through the dog days of summer. (Fun fact: Apparently those are set dates and not just … a vague…

Doctors Can Change Opioid Prescribing Habits, But Progress Comes In Small Doses 14 Aug

Doctors Can Change Opioid Prescribing Habits, But Progress Comes In Small Doses

When they started practicing medicine, most surgeons say, there was little or no information about just how many pain pills patients needed after specific procedures. As a result, patients often were sent home with the equivalent of handfuls of powerful and addictive medications. Then the opioid crisis hit, along with studies showing one possible side…

Co-prescribing naloxone in Medicare Part D increases 06 Aug

Co-prescribing naloxone in Medicare Part D increases

Image by NIDA The practice of co-prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to Medicare Part D patients who take opioids for chronic pain increased between 2016 and 2017, though such co-prescriptions were provided to only a small minority of patients who might benefit, according… Source link