Corporate greed gives Americans a raw deal on drug prices
Big Pharma has argued for decades that documented higher drug prices in the United States are required to support their research and development (R&D) efforts for the benefit of all Americans. Their oft-stated position is clearly disingenuous and misleading at best. Scandalous examples of corporate greed (remember the recent... Read more
Georgia ranked in top tier for action against opioid abuse
Georgia is one of 13 states receiving the highest mark from the National Safety Council for taking comprehensive actions to eliminate opioid overdoses and help protect residents. The state rose from a “failing’’ designation in 2016 to “improving’’ in the new report on the opioid crisis, released this week... Read more
Commentary: ‘Step therapy’ has gone too far, and action is needed
The term “step therapy’’ sounds like an exercise routine for rehabbing patients. It’s actually a description of an insurance practice: requiring patients to try and fail on a series of treatments before they can obtain the medication prescribed by their physician. Legislation in the Georgia House and Senate would... Read more
Legislators have chance to rein in excesses of step therapy
When the story broke last month that a former medical director for insurance giant Aetna never reviewed patients’ medical records before denying care, the news media and insurance regulators seemed shocked. But for the millions of Americans – and thousands of Georgians – who are fighting for access to... Read more
Save lives by enforcing fair compensation for mental health services
“Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it.” This statement by President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is in response to drug overdoses now killing more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. Since 1999, more than 620,000 people in... Read more

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