California Clinic Screens Asylum Seekers For Honesty

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dr. Nick Nelson walks through busy Highland Hospital to a sixth-floor exam room, where he sees patients from around the world who say they have fled torture and violence. Nelson, who practices internal medicine, is the medical director of the Highland Human Rights Clinic, part of the Alameda Health System. A few …

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In Florida, Midterm Elections Hold Faint Hope For Medicaid Expansion

Can the deep-red Florida Statehouse follow Virginia and expand Medicaid? Highly unlikely anytime soon, many state political analysts say. It’s been three years since the Florida legislature last debated — and overwhelmingly rejected —Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Republicans — who have controlled the governor’s office and both legislative chambers for nearly all …

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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. On this Friday the 13th, we’re wrapping up another week dominated by the upcoming battle over the next Supreme Court justice and the administration’s scramble to …

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Facebook Live: The Marketing Plan That Fueled An Addiction Epidemic

Files from Fred’s basement: KHN senior correspondent Fred Schulte talks about a cache of files detailing Purdue Pharma’s early OxyContin marketing plan. These documents, which are more than 15 years old but still relevant now, offer insights into how these strategies contributed to the nation’s current opioid addiction epidemic. Here’s the recent story he wrote …

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Initiative Targeting Synthetic Opioids Will Hyper-Focus On Counties To Try To Eradicate Every Instance Of Drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the project, which is based on a successful model in Manatee County, Florida. The program will provide a new assistant U.S. attorney to districts in New Hampshire, California, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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FDA Wants To Be Granted Expanded Authority To Intervene In Drug Shortages

While the number of drugs in shortage is down from a peak several years ago, many supply interruptions are lasting much longer — sometimes well over a year. Right now, there’s not much the agency can do, but FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he wants to get more aggressive in protecting patients from the shortfalls.

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Pfizer CEO Has Knack For Making A Profit, But He Misplayed The Optics Of Raising Prices In Current Atmosphere

Like clockwork, Pfizer has been raising prices every six months, flying under the radar because most pharma companies were doing the same. But then the company caught the attention of President Donald Trump, and everything changed. In other pharmaceutical news: Novartis ditches antibiotics research; a patient advocacy group highlights a New Jersey candidate’s ties to …

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Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin. The increasing cost of Type 1 diabetes, one of the most common serious chronic diseases, has created heavy financial burdens for families and generated controversy, with …

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Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin. The increasing cost of Type 1 diabetes, one of the most common serious chronic diseases, has created heavy financial burdens for families and generated controversy, with …

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