Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.
Patients are often forced into using brand names because drug formularies favor them over cheaper competitors.
A JAMA study looking at county-specific federal data finds that the more opioid-related marketing dollars spent in a county, the higher rates of doctors who prescribed those drugs, and ultimately, more overdose deaths.
Some federal employees face insurance paperwork glitches that affect their health coverage and add pressure to the stress of going without pay.
Food stamps for February are being distributed about two weeks early because officials say the federal money to pay for them won’t be available later due to the government shutdown. State and local officials are scratching their heads about what might happen in March if the impasse continues.
'Something that was supposed to help him hurt him'
The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to inspect all factories, foreign and domestic, that produce drugs for the U.S. market. But a KHN review of thousands of FDA documents — inspection records, recalls, warning letters and lawsuits — reveals how drugs that are poorly manufactured or contaminated can reach consumers.
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