Roger Federer has backed Serena Williams’ call for more equality in drug testing.After an investigation by deadspin.com revealed Williams has been tested significantly more than her fellow American players this year, the 23-time grand slam champion said: “It’s just about being equal. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I’m being pushed out.”Williams was also unhappy with an unscheduled test where the tester refused to leave after discovering the player was not at home.Federer’s main quibble centres on a discrepancy in the frequency of testing between players in different locations.He said: “I’ve had a lot of testing the last month. I think I’ve had seven tests. In the village I live in in Switzerland, the tester lives in the same village, so it’s very convenient. If he’s bored at home, he probably just says, ‘Let me check in on Roger to see if he’s having a good time’.“Many times in Dubai … [Read more...] about Federer wants more equality in drug testing
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Morten Wendelbo is a lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service and a research fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University; Timothy Callaghan is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University Health Science Center. After a year in which President Donald Trump devoted much of his health policy attention to efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Trump used part of his State of the Union address in January to press Congress to focus attention in 2018 on a new health priority – the passage of "right to try" legislation. It passed, and the president is set to sign it today. Right to try legislation gives terminally ill patients the right to use experimental medications that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. President Trump's push for the passage of right to try nationally builds on the efforts of the … [Read more...] about What is “right to try” and will it help terminally ill patients?
Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News Published 9:00 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a Kaiser Health News analysis found. As part of President Donald Trump’s promise to curb high drug prices, the Food and Drug Administration posted a list of pharmaceutical companies that makers of generics allege refused to let them buy the drug samples needed to develop their products. For approval, the FDA requires so-called bioequivalence testing using samples to demonstrate that generics are the same as their branded counterparts. The analysis shows that drug companies that may have engaged in what FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called “shenanigans” to delay the entrance of cheaper competitors onto the market have indeed raised prices and cost taxpayers more … [Read more...] about Drug makers called out for delaying generics have cost Medicare and Medicaid billions
Every company can make profits, but this is profiteering. This is gouging.The Rockford File is the story of how one very expensive prescription drug threatened to financially cripple an entire city. That city is Rockford, Illinois, an old industrial town outside of Chicago. Rather than using a health insurance company, Rockford has, for years, paid its own health care costs for its 1,000 employees and their dependents. When Rockford got hit with the drug bill it was so enormous the mayor at the time set out to understand why. Larry Morrissey: Everybody's asking the question, "Why is health care so expensive?" Because the fix is in. That's the answer. That's the short answer. When Larry Morrissey was mayor of Rockford he was hit with a crisis: the city was bleeding money. Lesley Stahl: You found out that the health care budget was going bust. Larry Morrissey: Yea, the budget was out of control. Lesley Stahl: And you had to squeeze other things. Like what? Larry Morrissey: Hiring police … [Read more...] about The problem with prescription drug prices
MILWAUKEE – The shock absorbers in James Howlett's Ford Fusion were busted, but he and his partner, Nadine, packed their two children inside anyway. They were already homeless, and their time on food stamps was running out. They needed to fix the car and dig up documents to try to get back on welfare. The suburban homeless shelter where they slept the night before was now in the distance as they made their way through the familiar blight of the city neighborhood that was once home. Howlett dropped Kayden, 5, at kindergarten and Cali, 3, at day care in a community center that stood amid the boarded-up houses and vacant fields surrounded by barbed wire that dot Milwaukee's north side. That's when he found himself gripped by a new worry: His run-down Ford might be another barrier to government assistance. In February, Wisconsin passed a law prohibiting food stamp recipients from owning a car valued at more than $20,000. Just how the law would work was still unclear to him, leaving … [Read more...] about Wisconsin is the GOP model for ‘welfare reform.’ But as work rules grow, family faces the hard reality