Antibiotics: The Neglected Medicines That Could Set Us Back Centuries

Davos, Switzerland – At the World Economic Forum yesterday, the Access to Medicines Foundation unveiled its Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, which stems from a 2016 commitment by more than 100 pharmaceutical companies and associations to address antimicrobial resistance.  This commitment was colloquially monikered the “Davos Declaration.” The 2018 benchmark tracks the following 10 performance metrics for combating […]

The Opioid Emergency Declaration Expires Tomorrow: What Changed?

Estimates show that in 2016 over 64,000 people died from drug overdoses.  This is more people than the amount of soldiers who were killed in Vietnam and Iraq, combined.  The totals for 2017 are likely to be even worse. Just this past week, the Los Angeles medical examiner released Tom Petty’s autopsy results, citing accidental drug […]

“Freedom of Conscience” in Medicine: a Dangerous Road to Discrimination

The freedom of religion, enshrined in the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a breathtaking achievement in the history of the United States.  It was a direct repudiation of the English law, which allowed for imprisonment of people if they practiced the “wrong” religion.  Under the first amendment, we are protected against the government establishing […]

What Happens to Medicare If the Government Shuts Down?

The Backstory … If the Senate and the House of Representatives cannot pass a spending bill (either short or long-term) by Friday as the clock strikes midnight, the federal government will shut down due to expiration of the current spending authorization.  Sixty votes would be required in the Senate for this bill, pursuant to the Senate’s procedural rules.  This […]

Work Requirements for Medicaid: What Does That Really Mean?

On Thursday of this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a change in policy. From now on, states will be allowed to require Medicaid recipients to participate in “community engagement” as a condition of receiving Medicaid health insurance coverage. You can read the press release here. Medicaid is different from Medicare […]