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Source: Common Domain

Hidden Profits In the Prescription Drug Supply Chain

Today 04:15 GMT

Depending on how you look at them, pharmacy-benefit managers are either low-margin middlemen that fight to reduce drug costs, or highly profitable intermediaries that take a cut of every prescription and earn more when drug prices rise.

The analysts compared the rate at which gross profit converts into earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for pharmacy-benefits managers and other pieces of the drug supply chain, including drug distributors, insurers and pharmacies.

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Source: Common Domain

Chefs, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Today 07:00 GMT

The life of John Marshall; The battles lines of political polarization; David Fairchild and the American diet; The Arabic republic of letters; and more.

The author’s poker career helped her recognize a number of cognitive biases, tendencies to be mindful of in the casino and in daily life. The author’s poker career helped her recognize a number of cognitive biases, tendencies to be mindful of in the casino and in daily life.

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Source: NBC News

Nevada and Nebraska executioners are tapping a killer drug - fentanyl

Today 07:01 GMT

Executioners in Nevada and Nebraska could soon be employing a drug with a deadly track record to dispatch death row inmates to the grave — fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a key ingredient in the lethal cocktail that Nevada officials are hoping to use to execute convicted killer Scott Dozier. “We are still waiting for the courts to approve the use of this new drug cocktail,” Nevada DOC spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Tuesday in an email to NBC News.

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Source: Fox News

Fake Urine: Mississippi lawmakers say flush it away

Saturday 21:50 GMT

The Mississippi Urine Trouble Act would ban the sale or use of synthetic human urine for the purposes of defrauding a drug test, including one for employment.

The Mississippi Associate of Self Insurers lobbied on behalf of companies in the state, including Hol-Mac Corporation, to get lawmakers to consider legislation banning the use of artificial urine. Companies where employees operate heavy machinery were huge supporters of the bill, according to executive director Dan Gibson.

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Source: New York Times

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

Saturday 20:01 GMT

It’s a common tactic by brand-name drugmakers who want to compete directly with generic manufacturers without lowering the price of their brand-name product, which some patients continue to prefer.

When Teva Pharmaceuticals announced recently that it would begin selling a copycat version of Syprine — an expensive drug invented in the 1960s — the news seemed like a welcome development for people taking old drugs that have skyrocketed in price.

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Source: New York Times

A Good Arrest or a Way to Make Overtime Jurors to Soon Decide

Saturday 14:32 GMT

The conflicting accounts of this garden-variety arrest, the sort of thing that happens all the time in New York City, now sit at the heart of an unusual civil-rights trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn that could lead to a broad examination of whether the police do in fact arrest people not because they might have committed crimes, but merely to increase officers’ overtime pay — a practice that for decades has been known as “collars for dollars.”

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Source: Fox News

Naval Academy drug ring under investigation: LSD, cocaine allegedly bought on dark web

Saturday 15:26 GMT

The Navy is investigating allegations of a drug ring at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., involving roughly 10 midshipmen, according to a senior Naval Academy official with knowledge of the investigation.

Three midshipmen are accused of selling cocaine, ketamine (a powerful sedative) and LSD to their classmates purchased on the dark web using Bitcoin, according to three midshipmen currently enrolled at the school.

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Source: DW

5 facts about cannabis laws in Germany

Saturday 11:48 GMT

Germany's drug laws have evolved over the past 30 years, with punishments becoming more severe, while, paradoxically, the definition of "drug offender" becoming more pliable.

When the leaves are dried and smoked, the chemicals enter the human body - together with many cancerous substances generated by burning tabacco.

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Source: CBS News

FDA raises death count from kratom, a natural opioid

Saturday 08:07 GMT

Facing a rising death toll associated with the use of kratom, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it's overseeing the recall and destruction of a "large volume" of potentially deadly dietary supplements containing this herb, which some people believe alleviates symptoms that come with opioid withdrawal.

"Scientific data we've evaluated about kratom provides conclusive evidence that compounds contained in kratom are opioids and are expected to have similar addictive effects as well as risks of abuse, overdose, and in some cases, death," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in the release. "The agency has also been assessing peer-reviewed research and a growing number of adverse event reports associated with kratom use, including 44 reported deaths," the FDA said.

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Source: CTV

Raymond Cormier found not guilty of 2nd-degree murder in death of Tina Fontaine

Friday 20:04 GMT

The defence took issue with the quality of the recordings and argued that without DNA evidence and no cause of death, the Crown couldn't prove that Tina didn't die from a drug overdose or naturally in what Cormier's lawyer called the "underbelly of the city."

A man accused of killing a 15-year-old Indigenous girl and dumping her body in Winnipeg's Red River has been found not guilty of second-degree murder.

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Source: BBC

Kendrick's drug lyrics muted at Brits

Friday 13:39 GMT

The US superstar himself actually changed the most overt bad language in his lyrics - but fell foul of the censor's button for the drug words and oblique slang references to oral sex.

"What's the point in having Kendrick Lamar perform on #BRITS if you're going to mute him every other word?" tweeted JP, voicing the discontent of many. Brit Awards viewers were left baffled after parts of rap star Kendrick Lamar's performance were muted by ITV.

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Source: The Guradian

I shouldn’t be criminalised for using cannabis to ease my constant pain

Saturday 08:07 GMT

I’m convinced cannabis has allowed me to live more of a normal life than would have been possible with the constant pain.

If it eventually passed into law, it would be a landmark day for people living with a chronic disease or in constant pain. Big pharma and major corporations involved in the industry such as British Sugar may balk at a regulated free market in medical cannabis, seeking to protect their interests.

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Source: Global News

Olympic doping: Athletes turn to common nasal spray, asthma inhalers, for edge

Friday 20:04 GMT

Olympic doping ban on 45 Russian athletes upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport. There are over 100 banned substances on the the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) “prohibited” list, including commonly known performance enhancers like anabolic steroids and amphetamines.

However, the list includes everyday substances like nasal spray and certain kinds of asthma medication and several methods which prevent the detection of performance enhancers in the bloodstream.

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Source: NBC News

Drug, alcohol, suicide deaths growing among minorities

Friday 16:23 GMT

“Despair deaths” from drugs, alcohol and suicide have reached new peaks in the U.S. and are not just killing whites, but spiking in communities of color, as well, according to a new report released Thursday.

More than 142,000 Americans died from drug or alcohol overdoses and from suicide in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2015, the report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust finds.

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Source: CBS News

Antidepressants really work, major new study confirms; some are better than others

Friday 17:18 GMT

Antidepressants sold in the United States that the study found to be most effective included:. Those that made the least-effective list of antidepressant drugs sold in the United States included:. When the researchers checked which depression drugs were tolerated the best, these topped the list:. The study authors wrote that there's been "a long-lasting debate and concern about [antidepressants'] efficacy and effectiveness, because short-term benefits are, on average, modest and because long-term balance of benefits and harms is often understudied." However, Dr. Richard Catanzaro, chairman of psychiatry at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said this review shows that "all of these medications can be effective in treating depression."


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