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Bad Day for Big Pharma: Obamacare Medical Transparency Laws Take Effect

Bad Day for Big Pharma: Obamacare Medical Transparency Laws Take Effect
ACA transparency laws start taking effect as government releases limited disclosure of Big Pharma payments to doctors. But what do the payments signify? What errors can be expected? More importantly, what's missing?
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Drug Company Agrees to Pay $27.6M to Settle Allegations Involving Chicago Psychiatrist

Drug Company Agrees to Pay $27.6M to Settle Allegations Involving Chicago Psychiatrist
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has agreed to pay more than $27.6 million to settle state and federal allegations that it induced Chicago psychiatrist Michael Reinstein to overprescribe clozapine, a powerful antipsychotic drug.
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Kara Brandeisky
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Fido's FDA: Agency Fights to Make Pet Feed Safer

Fido's FDA: Agency Fights to Make Pet Feed Safer
Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.
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FDA Approves First Pre-Surgical Drug for Breast Cancer Patients

FDA Approves First Pre-Surgical Drug for Breast Cancer Patients
A biotech drug from Roche has become the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery, offering an earlier approach against one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The Food and Drug Administration approved Perjeta for women with a form of early-stage breast cancer who face a high risk of having their cancer spread to other parts of the body.
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Matthew Perrone
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Dead On the Operating Table: A Q&A with Journalist Mina Kimes

When the multibillion dollar medical device maker Synthes enticed doctors to use its bone cement on people’s spines, patients died on the operating table. The company’s actions led to indictments and prison time for executives.
Journalist Mina Kimes of Fortune magazine investigated how it all happened, talking to doctors who performed the treatments, former company employees and the families of patients who died. Her report, “Bad to the Bone: A Medical Horror Story,” lays out in detail how the company navigated around Food and Drug Administration rules meant to inform and protect patients.
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Urban Deserts: Scant of Many Resources

Food is not the only health issue that the metaphor of a “desert” can be applied to Bronx residents, especially young people, have so much difficulty finding opportunities for sports and recreation in the neighborhoods and their schools that the Borough can be described as an Exercise Desert as well. The following are my criteria for describing a community as an Exercise Desert. I suspect many working class communities around the nation would qualify.
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