How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic

The Palm Beach Post published a comprehensive look into how Florida’s OxyContin market fueled the heroin epidemic. They found that Florida was the main source of oxycodone in every state east of the Mississippi, and when Florida finally curbed that export, people turned to heroin.  “To backtrack the origins of the heroin crisis, The Post…

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Drugmakers Manipulate Orphan Drug Rules To Create Monopolies

A six-month Kaiser Health News investigation found that drugmakers are gaming a federal drug approval system intended to help desperately ill patients with rare diseases get access to life-saving medications. But dozens of “orphan drugs,” which regularly carry six-figure annual price tags, are actually mass market pharmaceuticals with familiar brand names like Crestor, Abilify and…

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