In our news wrap Tuesday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is tapped to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the E.U.'s executive body calls for an end to travel bans aimed at confining a…
In our news wrap Wednesday, pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma is pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and paying kickbacks to doctors amid the national opioid epidemic. The move involves the painkiller OxyContin and comes as part of an $8…
In our news wrap Tuesday, the United States has officially passed 200,000 deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University. About two-thirds of the fatalities were over age 65, but young people are driving increased infections in some…
According to preliminary data, drug overdoses killed nearly 72,000 Americans in 2019, a record high. Now, it appears that 2020 is on track to be even worse, as the U.S. has witnessed a startling rise in overdoses during the pandemic.
By William Brangham, Mike Fritz
By Amanda Latimore, The Conversation
America’s opioid crisis has hit New Hampshire hard, creating an epidemic of overdoses and addiction-related health issues in the early primary state.
By Associated Press
Prosecutors say Le used the license numbers of registered pharmacists in order to dispense prescriptions at Walgreens stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. They allegedly included prescriptions for fentanyl, morphine and codeine.
By William Brangham
Thursday, several executives at Insys Therapeutics were sentenced to prison for a bribery scheme that paid doctors to prescribe the company’s lucrative and addictive painkiller. These sentences are a landmark moment in the push to hold drug makers accountable for…
By Associated Press
The letter comes as OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma goes through bankruptcy and tries to settle 2,700 lawsuits over the opioid crisis…
By David Eggert, Associated Press
The companies each distributed more than 10% of the opioids sent to pharmacies nationwide from 2006 to 2012.
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