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Will the Real Opioid Pushers Ever Be Punished?

April 28, 2018 - 2:00pm

"WE KNOW that pharmaceutical companies lied about the addictive impacts of opioids they manufactured. They knew how dangerous these products were but refused to tell doctors and patients. Yet, while some of these companies have made billions each year in profits, not one of them has been held fully accountable for its role in an epidemic that is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year."
Those were Sen. Bernie Sanders' words as he introduced legislation to pin responsibility for the opioid crisis on pharmaceutical companies and executives, and make them pay for it.

Taking Aim at Corporate Impunity, Sanders' Bill Would Hold Big Pharma Execs Behind Opioid Crisis Accountable

April 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Taking Aim at Corporate Impunity, Sanders' Bill Would Hold Big Pharma Execs Behind Opioid Crisis Accountable

Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)
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Patient Advocacy Groups Take in Millions From Drugmakers. Is There a Payback?

April 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
Patient Advocacy Groups Take in Millions From Drugmakers. Is There a Payback?

Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, according to a new database. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood. (Photo: Last Resort / Getty Images)
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Demanding Affordable Medicines: Lessons From Maryland's Law Against Price Gouging

September 19, 2017 - 12:31am
Demanding Affordable Medicines: Lessons From Maryland's Law Against Price Gouging

Rather than wait for a Big Pharma-controlled president and Congress to provide relief on exploitative drug pricing, states should follow Maryland's example. Using grassroots organizing, clear messaging and coalition-building with groups like the AARP, Maryland residents were successful in educating and pressuring state legislators to pass HB 631, which holds generic drug manufacturers accountable for price gouging on essential drugs.(PHoto: Malerapaso / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Tennessee Counties Sue Opioid Makers Using Local "Crack Tax" Law

June 17, 2017 - 10:10am
Tennessee Counties Sue Opioid Makers Using Local "Crack Tax" Law

The US opioid epidemic has continued to worsen in 2017 as super-powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil taint the nation’s heroin supply. While the FBI’s final tally has yet to arrive, preliminary data suggest that overdose deaths last year eclipsed the 50,000 recorded nationally in 2015 – the most ever. And the body count is expected to be even higher in 2017.