Month: August 2019

Firing Doctor, Christian Hospital Sets Off National Challenge To Aid-In-Dying Laws

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DENVER — A Christian-run health system in Colorado has fired a veteran doctor who went to court to fight for the right of her patient to use the state’s medical aid-in-dying law, citing religious doctrine that describes “assisted suicide” as “intrinsically evil.” Centura Health Corp. this week abruptly terminated Dr. Barbara Morris, 65, a geriatrician ….  Read More

They Got Estimates Before Surgery — And A Bill After That Was 50% More

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Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News From a planning perspective, Wolfgang Balzer is the perfect health care consumer. Balzer, an engineer, knew for several years he had a hernia that would need to be repaired, but it wasn’t an emergency, so he waited until the time was right. The opportunity came in 2018 after his wife, ….  Read More

Shopping At The Apotheke: Compare German Pharmacies With Your Corner Drugstore

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). HAMBURG, Germany — If you’re looking for bobby pins, cheap lipstick or a protein bar, well, sorry, Americans, the German pharmacy can’t help you. It’s not the CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens of home. Die Apotheke, as a pharmacy is known here, sells medications. ….  Read More

Governor’s ‘Mental Health Czar’ Seeks New Blueprint For Care In California

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). In a career full of twists, turns and high-powered assignments, Thomas Insel may now be embarking on one of his most daunting tasks yet — helping California find its way out of a worrisome mental health care crisis. This year, he assumed a new ….  Read More

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

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A man stands outside Dr. Sunil Sagar’s clinic, which caters to residents of Bhagwanpur Khera. This story is the second in a two-part series. Read part one here: “In India’s Slums, Painkillers Part Of Daily Routine.” NEW DELHI — In the crowded waiting room of Dr. Sunil Sagar’s clinic, in the working-class neighborhood of Bhagwanpur ….  Read More

Beset By Lawsuits And Criticism In U.S., Opioid Makers Eye New Market In India

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Workers are packed into a pharmacy shop at the Bhagirath Palace pharmaceuticals market in Old Delhi, India. This story is the first in a two-part series. Coming tomorrow: “In India’s Slums, Painkillers Part Of Daily Routine.” NEW DELHI — Pain, like death, is a universal phenomenon. The sour grimace on the woman’s face, registering her ….  Read More

In Rural Utah, Preventing Suicide Means Meeting Gun Owners Where They Are

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This story is part of a partnership that includes KUER, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). A gun show might not be the first place you would expect to talk about suicide prevention — especially in a place like rural northeastern Utah, where firearms are deeply embedded in ….  Read More

Pharma Cash Rolls Into Congress To Defend An Embattled Industry

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This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). In the heat of the most ferocious battle over drug prices in years, pharmaceutical companies are showering U.S. senators with campaign cash as sweeping legislation heads toward the floor. Explore The Database Campaign Contributions Tracker Pharma Cash To Congress A ….  Read More

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

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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 ….  Read More