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Can Hospitals Beat Pharma With Their Own Drug Companies?

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A group of major American hospitals, battered by price spikes on old drugs and long-lasting shortages of critical medicines, has launched a mission-driven, not-for-profit generic drug company, Civica Rx, to take some control over the drug supply. Backed by seven large health systems and three philanthropic groups, the new venture will be led by …

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Legislation Aimed at Opioids Filed

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A measure introduced in Congress Tuesday would prohibit marketing that suggests opioids aren’t addictive and create criminal liability for pharmaceutical executives at companies found to have contributed to the nation’s opioid painkiller addiction epidemic. The bill was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Reuters reported. Sanders, who ran as a Democrat …

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Purdue Pharma Ends Marketing of Opioid Pain Meds

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Purdue Pharma, makers of opioid painkiller OxyContin, will no longer market opioid medicines to doctors.  LedeTree The company said it will reduce its sales force by half and will tell doctors today that it will no longer send salespeople to medical offices to try to sell them on the painkiller, …

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Alabama Sues Opioid Makers

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Alabama’s attorney general is suing the makers of name-brand and generic prescription opioid pain medicines, including OxyContin, over damage wrought by addiction.  LedeTree Attorney General Steve Marshall said opioid medications, and the aftermath of their use, have caused devastation in Alabama that will take years to undo. The lawsuit seeks …

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