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NYTimes: Why Competition Won’t Bring Down Drug Prices
This phenomenon, what economists call “sticky pricing,” is common in pharmaceuticals. It has raised the price of drugs for serious conditions including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, even when there are multiple competing drugs.

The problem is that companies have decided it is not in their interest to compete.
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Viagra may cut colorectal cancer risk by half
New research, now published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, suggests that a small dose of the popular male impotence drug Viagra, when administered daily, may significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
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1 hour ago by badddkattt
Hunt and May apologise for Gosport hospital deaths | Society | The Guardian
An independent inquiry, published on Wednesday, found that 456 patients died and possibly 200 more had their lives shortened because of the routine practice at Gosport War Memorial hospital.The inquiry, led by the former bishop of Liverpool James Jones, concluded that Dr Jane Barton, the GP who ran wards at Gosport War Memorial hospital, routinely overprescribed drugs for her patients in the 1990s. Consultants were aware of her actions but did not intervene.
Gosport hospital: more than 450 patients died due to opioid drugs policy
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The panel said concerns were raised as early as 1988, and three years later when a staff meeting was held supposedly for nurses to address the issue it “had the effect of silencing the nurses’ concerns”.
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23 hours ago by juliusbeezer
Opinion | Health-care system needs reboot to solve pain and opioid crises | The Seattle Times
"America’s problematic health-care system must share some of the blame for its opioid and pain crises," write the UW's Dr. Heather Tick, clinical associate professor in the departments of family medicine and anesthesiology and pain medicine, and Dr. Jane Ballantyne, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine.
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3 days ago by uwnews
The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates — ProPublica
This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog. The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless.
drugs  expiration  health  pharma 
6 days ago by kogakure
What Can We Learn About Moral Panics from Absinthe?
Absinthe’s history is one of persecution, moral panic, and demonization; these subjects are near and dear to the hearts of most (if not all) Satanists. In addition, the ritualistic nature of how the drink is prepared makes for a thoughtful commentary on traditions and their importance. ...
As it turns out the reason for absinthe’s rise in popularity in the late 19th century are rather mundane. What is interesting however is the way the spirit became a scapegoat for societal ills despite scant evidence. Claims arose that it was hallucinogenic (it’s not); absinthe was blamed for murders, suicides, and all manner of moral decay. There was a concerted propaganda campaign to malign and disparage the drink, which is at worst no more harmful than any other cocktail.
alcohol  drugs  agnotology 
7 days ago by juliusbeezer

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