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Inside the first criminal trial alleging pharma execs played a role in the opioid epidemic

January 30, 2019

A federal prosecutor on Monday accused former Insys Therapeutics CEO John Kapoor and four of the company's other executives of contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic by using illegal marketing tactics to drive up sales of the opioid drug Subsys—but Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer representing Kapoor, says the charges are "patently false."

Where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care

January 23, 2019

Over the past few weeks, several candidates have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020—and they all have indicated health care will be one of their major priorities. American Health Line explores where each of the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on health care.

How opioid marketing is tied to overdose deaths, according to a new study

January 23, 2019

A new study shows the drug industry's direct marketing of opioids is linked to higher opioid prescribing and opioid-related overdose mortality rates across the United States.

'An unprecedented step': To speed development, FDA created its own product label for OTC naloxone

January 22, 2019

Since naloxone is not available over the counter, it does not currently have a Drug Facts label—so FDA took the "unprecedented" step of making one itself, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday.

Your odds of dying in the US, in 5 charts

January 17, 2019

According to new CDC data, U.S. residents now are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a car crash. Explore American Health Line's interactive charts to discover the United States' top 10 causes of death, how they vary from ages one to 65+, and how the country has made stunning progress in fighting heart disease—even as cancer remains a stubbornly persistent killer.

'One face' of an epidemic: The viral obituary of a woman who overdosed on opioids

January 9, 2019

Maddie Linsenmeir died last fall of an opioid overdose, and her family chose to share her much-read story so others dealing with substance use disorders know "every breath is a fresh start," and to encourage individuals "reading [the obituary] with judgment" to "educate [themselves] about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness."

Naloxone should be prescribed alongside opioids, HHS recommends

January 4, 2019

HHS in new guidelines encourages health care providers to prescribe the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to patients taking prescription opioids who are at a high risk of overdosing on the drugs.

In the states: Kasich signs Ohio bill effectively banning second-trimester abortions, US doctor being monitored for Ebola, and more

January 4, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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