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One solution to prescription drug overdoses: make Oyxcontin and similar drugs safer

Share In my previous blogs about West Virginia’s shockingly high rate of prescription drug overdoses — the Mountain State has the second highest rate of overdoses in the nation — I focused on “the culture of disability” that created this … Continue reading

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Falsely inflated statistics about sex trafficking in the U.S. make bad policy and laws

Share Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said that a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes? I thought of his famous quote when my husband passed along a link he had … Continue reading

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Moving to the Mountain State lock stock but no barrels…

Share For those of you haven’t heard, I’ve accepted a tenure-track teaching position in the School of Journalism at West Virginia University and am moving to Morgantown — see WVU’s announcement here. With all the packing and unpacking the move … Continue reading

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What Canada can teach us about the public health benefits of decriminalizing prostitution

Share Just as Canada has provided us with a model for affordable health care, our neighbors to the north may also be leading the way on another key issue: reducing the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitting diseases. A … Continue reading

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US Senator raises concerns about possible stock manipulation by Vertex executives

Share Senator Charles Grassley is upping the ante on the controversy surrounding the Vertex pharmaceutical executives who cashed in on overstated clinical trial data — see my blog from last week. According to The Boston Globe, which broke the Vertex … Continue reading

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Vertex pharmaceutical executives cash in on false hopes

Share Senior executives at Vertex Pharmaceuticals made millions of dollars each by selling company stock in the days after the Cambridge-based pharmaceutical reported promising clinical trial data on an experimental drug for cystic fibrosis. And then weeks after they cashed … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine report concludes that the FDA is not doing adequate job of assessing drug benefits and risks

Share Two weeks ago, I headlined my blog with this question: Is the FDA violating its own mandate to approve safe drugs? Four days later, the national Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a 233-page report concluding that FDA’s current approach … Continue reading

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Is the FDA violating its own mandate to approve safe drugs?

Share Is the Food and Drug Administration violating its own mandate to approve safe drugs? That was the question that Donald Light, co-author of The Risk for Prescription Drugs and a long-time medical sociologist, posed at a talk yesterday at … Continue reading

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Here’s to a New Year without our own breast implant scandal

Share In preparing for the holidays, you may have missed the French scandal over the defective artificial breasts implanted in hundreds of thousands of women. According to NPR, an estimated 400,000 women worldwide have received the faulty implants, and 30,000 … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Group: A case example of the problem with for-profit health care

Share A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my husband, a hospice social worker, was told that his hours were being cut back from full to part-time. The explanation given to him, a six-year employee with solid performance reviews, was that the … Continue reading

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