Recent stories address prescribing by doctors paid by drug companies; excessive lead levels in nearly 2,000 US water systems; how to understand candidates' claims about health insurance reforms; and more.
Recent pieces address toxic exposures to workers, infections hospitals can nearly always prevent, transparency in drug-company gifts to healthcare providers, and more.
A Q&A with public health leaders on the opioid epidemic: ‘Prescription opioid abuse is still raging out of control’
While pharmaceutical companies are making billions in painkiller profits, it’s the public sector that ends up bearing the burden and cost of the fallout that accompanies skyrocketing sales of highly addictive prescription opioids. After the jump is a Pump Handle Q&A with two public health officials at the forefront of the opioid abuse epidemic within America’s big cities.
Half of the doctors recently surveyed aren't aware that drug and device companies will soon have to report all the payments they make to doctors and hospitals.