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David Lichtenstein A new treatment could extend David’s life by 33%. But he can’t afford to take it. David Lichtenstein has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and likely has only 3 to 5 years to live. This summer, the FDA approved a new treatment called Redicava that could extend...
This story was reported through a partnership between MapLight, The Intercept and Tarbell. Investor-owned hospitals are leading the fight against the creation of a comprehensive, universal health care system, according to corporate filings reviewed by MapLight. Tenet Healthcare, the nation’s third-largest investor-owned operator of hospitals, has donated nearly $630,000 to the...
While Chinese manufacturing plants have been scrutinized for safety issues, American pharmaceutical companies have relied on them for sourcing cheaper ingredients for generic drugs since 2001. Now, this dependence is raising new concerns as a national security risk.  Thousands of prescription drugs found in...
Critics feared the worst on March 14, but under pressure from activists and Tarbell reporting, an Oregon panel has tabled a vote on a cut-off that could raise the risk of suicide nearly 300%.
Five years ago, a bipartisan bill that would have allowed Americans to order U.S.-made prescription medicines from Canada, where drug prices are much lower, went down to a bipartisan defeat despite widespread public support—just as it has every time the idea has been considered by Congress over almost two...
The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t just contribute to patient groups or the lawmakers themselves through campaign contributions to assert influence. It floods the U.S. Capitol with lobbyists. A Tarbell analysis of lobbying disclosures found that the leading drugmakers that make up the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, and the association itself, have spent...
“We need to give the criminal purveyors of these products no quarter,” Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner, said. 
You have no guarantee that the doctors and hospitals that the insurance company say are in your network will still be there in the future. And you, not the insurer, get stuck with a the big bill. 
As the support for a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” health care system in U.S. grows, so do the contributions from the health insurance industry.
If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated – and dangerous – than ever. Dangerous?  How can that be?  This is health insurance we’re talking about, not some sketchy Internet site. But the reality is that the scam artists are out in full...
Experts are warning that within two to four weeks the United States will find itself facing a full-blown pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. We often hear mindless propaganda from conservative and liberal politicians alike declaring the the US has “the best health care...
America’s biggest corporations—prescription drug distributors in particular—are playing in our growing opioid epidemic.
There is clear evidence the pharmaceutical industry manipulates well-intentioned laws to increase prices and profits. We’ll use two laws as our case studies, the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 and the Hatch-Waxman Act of 1984 which jumpstarted the generic drug industry. The first was designed to give incentives to drug...
Former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, who instituted the privatization with a claim of saving money, was a founding member of the influential, Koch-brother affiliated American Legislative Exchange Council and now his legacy causes chaos for patients, doctors and hospitals in the state.
In December, the Trump Administration announced a landmark trade deal with China intended to ease tensions between the two governments and restore American manufacturing jobs eliminated by growing U.S. trade deficits with the Asian country since 2001. In states like Indiana, Michigan and South...
If prescription drugs are cheaper in other countries, why not allow Americans to import them? In many cases we’re talking about bringing back drugs that U.S. companies made in the first place. To be sure, re-importation has long been a popular idea with individuals and some policy makers. But no...
An Appalachian physician explains how health care system mergers result in staff layoffs and have negative effects on his community’s economy.
When you buy an overpriced medicine at the pharmacy, a complex network of players has taken a quiet cut. They aim to keep it that way.
I’ve been thinking a lot about health-care mergers and acquisitions lately, and I must confess, it’s making me dizzy. All of this head-spinning thought was prompted primarily by the creation of Ballad Health Care, now the sole hospital system for my entire region of the country. Ballad was established about...
With Congress set to debate “Medicare-for-all,” Tarbell examines efforts by health insurers to take over past health care reforms.