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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is particularly modest. We plan to indulge in several naps in anticipation of some jet lag, catch up on our reading, hang with the short person, and frolic with the official mascots. And what about you? Those of you in the “snow-challenged”  portions of the U.S. hopefully will have power restored, which means you could vegetate in the front of the telly. Or you could keep warm by visiting establishments that serve cups of stimulation. Perhaps this is an opportunity to connect with someone special or wager your bets on a trade war. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

The Department of Justice is accelerating use of the False Claims Act to crack down on unnecessary opioid prescribing, as part of a broader effort to fight opioid abuse, according to Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox, who spoke at a Federal Bar Association conference. “It is particularly important to preserve independent medical decision-making in the context of controlled substances, such as opioids,” he told the crowd. Last year, the feds settled a case with Galena Biopharma for allegedly paying kickbacks to induce doctors to prescribe the Abstral opioid.

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  • Terri Dennis I am sorry that you are going through this also. I understand you very well, I am treated like a junkie by everyone but my one doctor. The last time I went to the ER because I was suffering from lung infection on top of my disease & I was treated like a drug addict that was all the Dr. focused on. He was going to prescribe me with IV antibiotics and Prednisone & I was already on them. He hadn’t even looked at my records ( same clinic/hospital as my normal Dr). I got mad & yelled at him because I wasn’t asking for pain meds I answered his question about the pain level I was at. I will suggest that you talk to your doctor if you have been his patient for a long time and you are being reduced for no reason then you are within your right to ask him why he is making you suffer needlessly. You can take up to 90 mme of morphine or the equivalent & the Dr will not have to answer to any one. Do your research and confront him. I did & it works.

  • Hey, our drugs don’t give longer life to cancer patients? Let’s skip that and simply measure “progression-free survival”… Nobody will recognize and anybody will pay a fortune for the trash…

    Hey, our drugs don’t help patients with Alzheimer? Simply skip that efficacy nonsense and let’s sell water for the price of gold. We are HOPE-industry! We can sell whatever we want at any funny price!

    Yeah, f*ck! That’s capitalism at its best!

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