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Pulse Nigeria

Samson Toromade

13 August 2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Drug Aid Africa supports low-income Nigerians by providing free medications to help ease burdens of healthcare affordability. The NGO partners with organizations that serve low-income communities, including hospitals,...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Priti Salian

8 June 2021

Mumbai, India

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Volunteers with India’s Meds For More initiative (MFM) collect leftover unused medications from recovered Covid-19 patients by canvassing their apartment buildings, offices, student clubs, schools, and other locations...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

Allison Frost

4 May 2021

United States

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Bupreneophine (also known as Suboxone) is a highly effective medication to treat opioid use disorder and addiction. It is life-saving, both in reducing the risk of fatal overdoses and helping people function better as...

America First?

Ali-Asghar Abedi

15 December 2020

Germany

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To keep prescription drug costs affordable in Germany, there are limits in place for how much patients can be asked to pay for their medication, and insurers are required to cover the cost of new drugs whenever they b...

Kaiser Health News

Anastassia Gliadkovskaya

17 November 2020

New York, United States

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To "punish major drugmakers for their role in the opioid epidemic and generate funding for treatment programs," the state of New York implemented a new an excise tax on opioids. Since going into effect, though, the ta...

The New York Times

E. Tammy Kim

1 April 2020

South Korea

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To combat a shortage of protective masks caused by the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Korea government implemented "significant market interventions." The government began purchasing masks from manufactu...

BBC

Charlotte Horn

7 January 2020

Netherlands

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Some Dutch pharmacists combat high drug prices by making small batches of drugs themselves, which they sell to patients at a fraction of the cost. Drug companies get a 10-year monopoly on new drugs but many simply re-...

Colorado Public Radio

John Daley

28 May 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Increasing the availability of naloxone reduces the number of deaths from opioid overdose. In Colorado, the Naloxone for Life initiative, which began in 2016, has distributed thousands of kits to emergency first respo...

WGME-TV

Jon Chrisos

29 April 2019

Iowa, United States

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Every year, unused medications are thrown away costing states millions of dollars. A program in Iowa that has now spread to other states throughout the nation is tackling this issue by recycling and repurposing these ...

U.S. News & World Report

Joseph P. Williams

15 April 2019

Inglewood, California, United States

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The African American community is disproportionately impacted by high blood pressure, but barbershops across Los Angeles County are stepping up to fill a gap between diagnosis and care. The businesses offer a detectio...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2018

Liverpool, England

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When it comes to helping H.I.V. patients, Britain's National Health Service is able to keep prices for treatment much lower than the United States does by encouraging the use of generic drugs. The National Health Serv...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

19 September 2018

Colorado, United States

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With a new prescribing protocol in place, drug store pharmacists can prescribe anti-smoking medications. People often visit a pharmacy more than their doctor, and the new protocol allows greater access to necessary me...

NPR

Sara Kiley Watson

9 August 2018

San Diego, California, United States

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San Diego area physicians are now receiving a letter if one of their patients dies of an opioid overdose. The goal of this new project is to remind doctors of the impact of their actions and lower opioid prescribing r...

Nation Africa

Angela Oketch

6 July 2018

Kenya

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The "Bangladesh Regimen"--a shorter drug treatment for tuberculosis--is being implemented in Kenya. A shorter treatment means that patients will be less likely to develop the often serious side effects that can come w...

The Muhlenberg Weekly

Gregory Kantor

5 June 2018

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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Although the opioid epidemic has spread across America, this story argues that local solutions are needed. In Allentown, when somebody overdoses on opioids, they get a visit from a Blue Guardian, a trained volunteer t...

The Atlantic

Ted Alcorn

29 May 2018

Egypt

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Egypt has made significant strides in eliminating hepatitis C from the country by implementing an approach that combines both affordable drug access and an effort to get the drugs to those in need. Supported by the go...

The New York Times

Fran Quigley

27 February 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Large pharmaceutical companies may be in trouble as state legislatures nationwide are passing laws that force big pharma to be more transparent about their prices, and forcing the utilization of generic alternatives u...

Deseret News

Gillian Friedman

27 December 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The state of Utah passed legislation in 2016 that made Naloxone, a life-saving overdose reversal drug, available over the counter to non-medical personnel as part of an initiative to reduce opioid related overdose dea...

NEO.LIFE

Rob Waters

9 November 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Even though millions of people around the world rely on drugs like insulin to live, the big pharmaceutical companies often seem to value profit over people, and the costs of critical medications can be prohibitive. A ...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

26 July 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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The ProMedica Toledo Hospital increases access to healthy food for low-income families through a novel kind of pharmacy. Patients receive free produce, recipes, and guidance from a dietician on how to treat and preven...

The New York Times

Sophie Cousins

25 July 2017

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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A man named Greg Jefferys runs a sort of online buyers club for the life-saving oral treatment for Hepatitis C. There are myriad reasons why patients are unable to obtain the drugs on their own, a few being high costs...

The New York Times

Jay Hancock

6 June 2017

Albany, New York, United States

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Big pharmaceutical companies spend thousands of dollars every year persuading doctors to prescribe their products to patients. Doctors comply, often not realizing that a generic alternative exists or how much the name...

Yes! Magazine

Kaela Bamberger

29 March 2017

Concordia, Kansas, United States

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RedTire, short for Redefine Your Retirement, is helping small businesses stay afloat by facilitating transitions in business ownership and acting as a non-profit business broker. The service helps rural communities t...

Kaiser Health News

Sam Quinones

8 March 2017

California, United States

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In 2009 Kaiser Permanente doctors, alarmed by the rising rate of opioids being prescribed to patients, decided to develop a set of strategies and lower painkiller prescriptions. The most difficult one, is talking to...

PBS NewsHour

Pamela Kirkland

1 March 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In Maryland, people are being trained to administer naloxone, the drug that can save people from an opioid overdose, in order to combat the opioid crisis. Some people are even trained on street corners. Already 20,00...

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