Protests and lawsuits against opioid manufacturers are growing more common, but drug distributors are also facing scrutiny.
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Previously secret documents and data make it clear that many companies engaged in the distribution of prescription painkillers either skirted or ignored their legal obligations for years.
Greenhouse gas emissions from pharmaceutical companies need to be better monitored and regulated.
The first study to assess the carbon footprint of the pharmaceutical industry finds that it is far from green.
What is each partner looking to get?
The interests of pharmaceutical companies and public health are not the same. Industry dollars can distort research agendas, while framing health challenges and solutions in ways that benefit corporations.
In 2016, drug company salespeople gave out almost 10 million pills to doctors.
It takes about three years for safety problems to be identified in new drugs, newer drugs are almost always more expensive, and yet Canadian doctors still hand out hundreds of thousands of samples.
There already exist some promising new antibiotic therapies, and more are in the pipeline. However, our economic model prevents researchers from moving them out onto the market.
The end of effective antibiotics will be frightening. Life expectancy will fall dramatically and people of all ages will die from illnesses that we are used to treating with $10 worth of pills.
The newly completed execution chamber at Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada.
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Nevada plans to use a new drug protocol for executing Scott Dozier, who murdered a 22-year-old. A scholar explains why this is problematic.