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FDA’s continuing use of ‘black box’ for antidepressants ignores the harms of this warning

By Stephen Soumerai and Ross Koppel

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Evidence abounds that warnings on antidepressants have decreased the access of youths and adolescents to mental health care and increased suicide attempts.

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John Arnold: Are pharmacy benefit managers the good guys or bad guys of drug pricing?

By John Arnold


Pharmacy benefit managers currently contribute to the high cost of drugs. By realigning incentives, they could help control drug prices.

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Free tuition for aspiring doctors? Few medical schools could pull off that feat

By Daniel Thomas and Daniel Charytonowicz

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An analysis of publicly available information on endownments and tuition shows that few medical schools are anywhere near being able to waive tuition.

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It’s time to measure addiction recovery rates, not just addiction rates

By Robert D. Ashford and Olivia Pennelle and Brent Canode

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An estimated 22 million Americans are in recovery from addiction, but no one knows where they are. States or the U.S. need to collect recovery information.

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Securing the U.S. from its most dangerous invader: infectious disease

By Ashley Arabasadi


A serious infectious disease pandemic will lead to human suffering and economic crisis. Leadership to plan for that now can help keep Americans safe.

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Fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare hospice program is ‘repellent’

By Joanne M. Chiedi


The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General uncovered fraud and abuse in the Medicare hospice program. That needs to stop.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018


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