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Many Women With Common Type Of Breast Cancer Can Forgo Chemotherapy

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“We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t benefit them,” said Dr. Ingrid A. Mayer, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an author of the study. “This is very powerful. It really changes the standard of care.”

Minnesota Sues Insys Therapeutics Over Its Opioid Marketing Practices

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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the Arizona-based pharmaceutical company “encouraged physicians to prescribe this highly-potent fentanyl product to patients who didn’t have cancer, even though it was only approved for severe breakthrough pain in cancer patients.” Meanwhile, as legal cases related to the opioid epidemic pile up, Native American tribes fight to not get lost in the mix.

What’s This About ‘Ambien-Tweeting?’

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Roseanne Barr faced a backlash over a series of controversial tweets. She blamed, in part, the drug Ambien for these late-night musings. In response, news outlets examine the side effects of this and other “sedative hypnotic” medications.

Purdue Pharma Knew About And Concealed ‘Significant’ Abuse Of OxyContin In Drug’s Early Years, Report Shows

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The drugmaker, under fire for its role in the opioid crisis, has maintained that it was unaware of the way its drug was being abused for years. But according to recently disclosed documents, that wasn’t the case. In other news on the epidemic: Philadelphia is working through the implications of closing its tent-camps; senators butt heads over an investigation into Teva; and more.

In Era Where Overdoses Are Treated As Homicides, It’s Not Just Dealers Who Prosecutors Are Going After

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Friends and family are now being held criminally responsible for the deaths. Critics of the tactic say a focus on prosecution misses the point. “It’s kind of like blaming the leaves on the tree, you know?” said Michael Malcolm, whose younger son was charged in the overdose death of his older brother with whom he shared drugs purchased on the internet. “What about the roots?”