The recent scarcity of Vincristine in the United States has created, 'a nightmare situation' for U.S. doctors who use it to treat all kinds of childhood cancers U.S. children suffering from cancer may soon be forced to battle the deadly disease without the help of an essential chemotherapy drug that doctors say they may start rationing amid a 'critical shortage' across the nation. The anti-cancer compound known as Vincristine is a critical component in treating most childhood cancers. It works by stopping fast-dividing cancer cells from growing by blocking each of them from assembling its 'skeleton,' when it attempts to multiply. Thousands of kids in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year. Virtually all of them rely on Vincristine to battle their illnesses. Despite its importance, America's entire supply of the drug came from just two manufacturers - Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries - prior to 2019. Teva stopped producing Vincristine in July, … [Read more...] about REVEALED: America is running out of critical children’s chemotherapy drug for which there’s NO suitable replacement, as one of its two manufacturers stops production
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A luxurious estate with a cinema, swimming pool and a spa in California owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has gone up for sale for $41.488 million. The custom-built home in Atherton, San Mateo County - the most expensive area in the US - boasts seven bedrooms, two acres of grounds, a five-car garage and a guest house. Allen, who died last year aged 65, helped build Microsoft alongside Bill Gates and left behind a vast fortune of $26billion in real estate, sports teams, super-yachts, charitable organisations and art collections. It's the latest in a long line of properties and assets scattered across the world to be put on the market, including a sprawling plot of Los Angeles land and a super-yacht - with a Soviet-era fighter jet being sold last month. A luxurious estate with a cinema, swimming pool and a spa in California owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has gone up for sale for $41.488 million The latest property in California has more than 21,000 … [Read more...] about Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s seven-bedroom California estate goes up for sale at $41m a year after his death (and you can still snap up his $326m super-yacht and $110m plot known as ‘The Enchanted Hill’)
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?
President Trump last night suggested launching a lawsuit against CNN over claims its network circulated a campaign of internal bias against his presidency. A former satellite uplink technician who worked at CNN, sensationally claimed yesterday that the channel's president, Jeff Zucker, operated on a deeply-embedded bias and was determined to bring down the Trump administration. In response, Trump said the alleged whistleblower's claims could constitute a lawsuit. On Monday evening he wrote on Twitter: 'Project Veritas-Obtained Undercover Videos Highlight Jeff Zucker's (@CNN) Campaign To Destroy Trump. Videos Reveal @CNN's BIAS!' @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews Does this sound like a good, or even great, lawsuit?' Trump has had long-running battles with CNN and this latest row comes after a conservative activist group published undercover recordings from Cary Poarch that allegedly captured CNN employees casually confirming the network's anti-Trump bias and show Zucker appearing … [Read more...] about Trump ‘threatens lawsuit’ after CNN satellite technician-turned-whistleblower claimed network is ‘obsessed’ with the president and Jeff Zucker has ‘personal vendetta’ against him as he shares secret tapes of staffers complaining about it
The former White House foreign policy adviser who was questioned by House impeachment investigators on Monday said she viewed the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union as a national security risk, it was revealed Wednesday. Two people familiar with her 10-hour closed-door testimony told The New York Times that she revealed in her deposition that Gordon Sondland, a Trump donor-turned-ambassador, would often use his personal cell phone for official diplomatic business. She also told the panel, made up of three House committees that he extended an open invitation to foreign officials to the White House. Hill said that Sondland was unprepared for his job, according to the sources, but admitted he was not intentionally trying to put the country at risk or act maliciously. His actions, she said, made his vulnerable to foreign governments who could use his inexperience to their advantage. Hill stepped down from her post as the president's policy adviser towards Russia in August. Former White … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s ambassador to the E.U. is called a ‘national security risk’ by former top aide to the president for lack of knowledge and using his personal cellphone for diplomatic business