Women Fear Drug They Used To Halt Puberty Led To Health Problems

Thousands of parents chose to inject their daughters with a drug called Lupron that was FDA approved to shut down puberty and also is commonly used off-label to help short kids grow taller. But an investigation by Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some women who…

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Pharmacies fail to warn patients of dangerous drug combinations

In a Chicago Tribune investigation, reporters visited popular chain pharmacies with two prescriptions in hand. Taken together, the two drugs are highly dangerous and potentially deadly. Forty-nine percent of the time, the pharmacist handed over both prescriptions with no warning about the potential harm. Tens of thousands of people are hospitalized every year in the…

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Washington state pursuing charges against clinic

The Washington Department of Health is pursuing administrative charges against a state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment clinic after a King 5 investigation found accusations of bribery and falsified treatment reports at several clinics.  The clinics provide court-ordered treatment to people convicted of drug and alcohol-related crimes.  Charges brought by the department of health include bribery…

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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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Substance abuse clinics accused of fraud

An investigation by Seattle’s KING 5 uncovered more state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment clinics where counselors are accused of taking bribes and falsifying records of criminal offenders who are ordered to receive treatment. The station’s ‘Sobriety for Sale’ investigations have now launched state probes of five clinics in Washington State.

OxyContin doesn’t always last for advertised 12 hours, can lead to addiction

When OxyContin launched two decades ago, drugmaker Purdue Pharma said that one dose of the medicine would relieve pain for 12 hours. However, a Los Angeles Times investigation found that for some people the drug actually wears off hours earlier. This can cause patients to experience intense withdrawal symptoms and lead to a craving for…

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Clery Act data doesn’t provide a realistic picture of campus crime

The way that many officials in higher education and government agencies calculate crime around colleges and universities is not a definitive measure because of how the measurements are taken, according to an investigation by The Arizona Republic. The Republic investigated off-campus crimes near Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Michigan State University, in…

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Data mining for deadly drug combinations

A Chicago Tribune investigation targets a health problem that sends thousands of Americans to the hospital each year: Life-threatening interactions between prescription medications. In the first story, reporters launched a unique collaboration with data scientists and pharmacologists to identify several pairs of drugs that, when taken together, may increase the risk of a fatal heart…

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NYPD can kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime

The use of a nuisance abatement law established in the 1970s has expanded drastically in recent decades, forcing many New York City residents from their homes without warning. The law was intended to give officials the authority to shutter places it believes are being used for illegal activity. The New York Daily News, in partnership…

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Bartered sex, corruption and cover-ups behind bars in nation’s largest women’s prison

Records and interviews indicate a pattern of physical, mental and sexual abuse at Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution, the largest women’s prison in the country. The Miami Herald interviewed more than 30 inmates and reviewed hundreds of pages of records to investigate the allegations. Inmates say the they’ve been forced to have sex with corrections officers.…

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