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Health-Records Company Pushed Opioids to Doctors in Secret Deal - Bloomberg
This is APPALLING. holy crap.
To doctors opening patients’ electronic records across the U.S., the alert would have looked innocuous enough.

A pop-up would appear, asking about a patient’s level of pain. Then, a drop-down menu would list treatments ranging from a referral to a pain specialist to a prescription for an opioid painkiller.

Click a button, and the program would create a treatment plan. From 2016 to spring 2019, the alert went off about 230 million times.

The tool existed thanks to a secret deal. Its maker, a software company called Practice Fusion, was paid by a major opioid manufacturer to design it in an effort to boost prescriptions for addictive pain pills -- even though overdose deaths had almost tripled during the prior 15 years, creating a public-health disaster. The software was used by tens of thousands of doctors’ offices.
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8 weeks ago by jm
Dear Grads: How to Slay Dragons in the Business World
May 20, 2019 | WSJ | by Andy Kessler.

here’s my simple advice: Be a hero. You’ll have a job with a vague description. Sales. Physician assistant. Manager. Business intelligence. Everyone comes in with a task. Don’t let your job description be a straitjacket. Do something above and beyond. That’s what your employers want, whether they admit it or not.

I’ve seen it again and again. I heard from a woman named Carol working in international marketing for a Midwest company. She was asked by a superior working on a board deck for a list of European competitors. She came up with a single PowerPoint slide that visually showed the reach of each competitor overlaid with her company’s distributors and analysis of how it could best compete. The slide was a huge hit. The chief operating officer thanked her. She got a raise and more responsibilities.

On Wall Street, I used to work with a salesman named Steve. A deal to raise money for a paper company was stuck. No one would touch it at $20. It was uglier than Dunder Mifflin. Steve had a new account in Milwaukee and insisted it buy several million shares, but at $18. On hearing someone was willing to buy, other accounts piled in. Steve is still known as the guy who got the ugly deal done—a hero.

Then there’s the coder, Paul. There were long discussions about how his company might get paid for its web service, but no solutions. “On a Friday,” Paul recalls, he sat down and invented one. “It seemed like an interesting problem, so one evening I implemented this content-targeting system, just as a sort of side project, not because I was supposed to.” What became known as AdSense morphed into a $115 billion business. Paul Buchheit was employee No. 23 at Google. He also developed Gmail. Giga-hero.

You don’t have to save a baby from a fire. In Silicon Valley there’s a saying about pain killers versus vitamins: Either save costs or generate revenue. You can be a hero either way.

Another easy route to heroism: Every company has particularly nasty clients. They don’t return calls and they badmouth your products. Everyone avoids them. Instead, go for it. Roll up your sleeves and find something you have in common with them. Better yet, find their weakness. Horse racing. Wilco. Anime. You’ll own them.
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july 2019 by jerryking
(4387) How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce - YouTube
direct link between out of work (injury) and opioid addiction and dropping out of workforce. // &! - Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - needle exchange and free drug purity checks is a step to reducing overdose deaths and first foot in door for rehab (liberal) //&! - American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction WSJ &! - The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction VICE //&! AMERICA ADDICTED - - A community overwhelmed by opioids &! - Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin - watering down regulation and oversight. &! - How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin with Jason Smith &! - US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations (2015) "pill mill" &! - Why Portsmouth, Ohio Became The Epicentre of America's Opioid Crisis &! - Opioid Crisis in Maine &! - Narcan On The Rise &! - Heroin's Children: Inside the US opioid crisis - Fault Lines
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
The Amount Of Toradol NFL Players Use Is Scary As Fuck
Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, part of the same class of painkillers as Advil and Aleve, and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1989. But a dose of Toradol is far more powerful than its over-the-counter counterparts, putting Aleve to shame. Researchers sometimes compare its effects relative to morphine. Considering that the overuse of Aleve and other NSAIDs can be bad for kidneys and the renal system, Aleve itself is limited to at most 10 days in a row. It seems logical to assume that overusing Toradol is dangerous. But that hasn’t been studied—perhaps because, as Louis Bien wrote last year in SBNation, there is no reason to do so. Toradol is meant for highly controlled and limited use in hospitals only
drugs  painkillers  nfl  football 
march 2017 by perich
firms poured 780M into WV amid rise of overdoses”
addiction  painkillers  Drug  from twitter
january 2017 by JonClodfelter
Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses
“#Drug firms poured 780M #painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses” #addiction…
addiction  painkillers  Drug  from instapaper
january 2017 by JonClodfelter
RT : 50% of those prescribed for 3 months are still on them 5 years later says  …
painkillers  opioid  from twitter
december 2016 by stuartberry1

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