When a pharmaceutical company raised the price of an essential medicine to unacceptable levels, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do: start making it herself. When Kemper was in primary school, she had watched two of her classmates get ill. One had a brain tumour, the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them died. Kemper was about 10 at the time, and knew she did not want to see another friend perish. She told her parents she wanted to do something that would prevent others dying. She wanted to be a doctor. But training is hypercompetitive in the Netherlands, where Kemper grew up. She didn’t quite have the grades. She liked chemistry, so chose a career in pharmacy instead. She studied for six years and did a residency for another four. She is now a highly respected hospital pharmacist based at Amsterdam UMC’s Academic Medical Centre, a cavernous building crafted out of concrete on the south-east fringe of the Dutch capital. To … [Read more...] about DIY drugs: should hospitals make their own medicine?
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An emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged members of the community in Charlotte. The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7m Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic. Tears streamed down Jordan’s cheeks as he said, “This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years.” The clinic, located in a lower-income section of North Carolina’s largest city, will provide vital access to primary and preventive care to individuals in the community, including those who are uninsured or underinsured. He is a longtime resident of the state and played collegiately at North Carolina before launching his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bulls. “It’s ... from the heart,” the 56-year-old Jordan told the crowd gathered at the grand … [Read more...] about Michael Jordan opens first of two health clinics for underprivileged in Charlotte
Sports legend Michael Jordan opened a clinic in North Carolina that aims to help underinsured and uninsured people, giving back to the community that has 'supported' over the years. The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in Charlote held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday attended by the athlete turned business mogul. 'This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,' Jordan said during the ceremony. Scroll down for video The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in Charlote held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday attended by the athlete turned business mogul 'This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,' Jordan said during the ceremony The center has been in operation about three weeks, and more than 300 people have already been seen by staff doctors, social workers and other health-care … [Read more...] about ‘It’s from the heart!’ Michael Jordan gives emotional speech during ribbon cutting ceremony for hometown health clinic that will serve the uninsured after he donated $7million to help open the center
Why does it matter what medicines cost? If you are lucky enough to live in a country with comprehensive state-funded healthcare, such as the UK, you probably have no idea how much medicines really cost. But it can be a lot. Some drugs that have been around for ages are very cheap – aspirin, for instance, costs pence. It’s been out of patent and made by numerous companies competing to undercut each other’s price for decades. But new medicines, protected by 20-year patents, can cost hundreds of pounds a packet and sometimes thousands. The new breast cancer drug Kadcyla weighed in at a starting price of £90,000 per patient per year in the UK in 2015, though the manufacturer has now agreed a hefty discount for the NHS. It is an increasing pressure on all health systems around the world. In 2017, NHS England put its annual drugs bill at £16bn, £9bn of which is GPs prescribing, and said it was rising at 7% a year – faster than the overall NHS budget. … [Read more...] about Why do new medicines cost so much, and what can we do about it?
A Tennessee woman claims she got a bacterial infection in her left foot after getting a pedicure at a nail salon. Chelsea Lloyd, of Murfreesboro, said she visited Vogue Nail Bar on September 16 to get a gel pedicure. However, just four hours later, she said a rash broke out on her left foot. Within two days, large and painful blisters appeared, reported WZTV. Loyd visited her doctor, who told her she had contracted a staph infection and that she would need antibiotics, foot cream and a steroid shot to treat it. She has since racked up nearly $500 in medical bills - only half of which the nail salon says it's willing to pay for. Chelsea Loyd (pictured), of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, says she visited Vogue Nail Bar for a gel pedicure on September 16 Four hours later, a rash broke out on Loyd's left foot, and oozing blisters appeared two days later. Her doctors diagnosed her with bacterial infection, likely staph, which can be life-threatening. Pictured, left and right: Loyd's … [Read more...] about Tennessee woman says she contracted a staph infection from a pedicure and was left with oozing blisters and $500 in medical bills