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Posted in Chronic Pain News New York Times Health

Major Insurers Pledge $55 Million to Try to Lower Generic Drug Prices

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and others say they have agreed to invest in a nonprofit’s effort to develop and sell cheaper drugs.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Cato

Policymakers Obsess Over Pain Prescribing and Ignore the Giant Elephant in the Room: Prohibition

Policymakers, including those in hospital and health care administration, refuse to accept the federal government data showing no correlation between prescription volume and the non‐​medical use of opioids or opioid use disorder among persons aged 12 and over.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News Science Daily Health News

Edible 'security tag' to protect drugs from counterfeit

Purdue University researchers have come up with a way of digitally encrypting drugs to stump counterfeiters, an edible “security tag” embedded into medicine. To imitate the drug, a counterfeiter would have to uncrack a complicated puzzle of patterns not fully visible to the naked eye.

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Posted in NBC News Privacy

Major medical records vendor Epic Systems warns it will stop working with Google Cloud

Google, in partnership with Ascension, a healthcare provider operating in more than 20 states, is planning to build a search tool for medical professionals that will employ machine learning algorithms to process data and make suggestions about prescriptions, diagnoses, and even which doctors to assign to, or remove from, a patient’s team. In other words, eliminating personal choice from healthcare decision making by reducing choice to an algorithm.

In running this program, neither the affected patients nor Ascension doctors were made aware of the project. And again, all parties assert that HIPAA, the package of privacy regulations protecting patient data, allows for the use of this data in this manner. Clearly Google attorney’s believe they have found a loophole in HIPAA which allows this. Otherwise, Google would not have invested billions of dollars into this program. See https://cergm.carter-brothers.com/2019/11/14/google-healthcare-personal-healthcare-reduced-to-an-algorithm/

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Posted in Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

Political Back Stabbing In Oklahoma Begins

The state is entitled to $829 million from settlements with drug companies or court orders. But so far, none of the money has been spent on opioid addiction treatment. Here’s where the money stands for each company or group.

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Posted in NBC News Politics

Supreme Court to rule whether Electoral College voters can differ from state popular vote

The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn’t win their state’s popular vote, the justices announced in an order on Friday.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News

Civil Forfeiture: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

By R Carter The use of civil asset forfeiture has become a legal means for some law enforcement agencies to literally rob you blind. Most States and Federal law enforcement agencies don’t require a conviction or even an arrest to seize the private assets of citizens. And in many cases,…

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs CDC MMWR

Trends in Total Binge Drinks per Adult Who Reported Binge Drinking – United States, 2011-2017

Each year, excessive drinking accounts for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults aged 20–64 years, and approximately 90% of adults who report excessive drinking* binge drink (i.e., consume five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women on a single occasion). In 2015, 17.1% of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years reported binge drinking approximately once a week and consumed an average of seven drinks per binge drinking episode, resulting in 17.5 billion total binge drinks, or 467 total binge drinks per adult who reported binge drinking.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs CNN Recovery

Arizona congresswoman to seek treatment for 'alcohol dependence'

Kirkpatrick said in a statement.
“I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,”.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News CNN Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

Fact check: Trump falsely claims to have 'saved' pre-existing conditions protections

Tami Luhby, CNN – Monday, he claimed credit for being “the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare” in a tweet blasting an ad by former New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg that attacks the President’s record on health care.

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