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New York Times prescription for “When the Doctor Is Not Needed”

By Kate Randall, December 19, 2012

In the latest installment of its editorial campaign for sweeping cuts in health care, the Times promotes patient “self care” and “community aides” as substitutes for doctors.

Nurses in California go on two-day strike

By Joseph Santolan, November 23, 2012

On November 20, over 3,000 nurses and hospital tech workers in the California Nurses Association (CNA) Union went on a two-day strike at eight Sutter Health facilities. It is seventh such strike since September 2011.

Massachusetts official fired for ignoring complaints against meningitis-linked pharmacy

By Kate Randall, November 10, 2012

A top Massachusetts official has been fired after ignoring previous complaints against the compounding pharmacy linked to the current fungal meningitis outbreak.

US health officials find mold at facility at center of meningitis outbreak

By Kate Randall, October 29, 2012

FDA investigators found foreign “greenish-black” material in vials of an injectable steroid during a recent inspection of the New England Compounding Center, among other problems.

More contaminated drugs linked to US meningitis outbreak

By Kate Randall, October 17, 2012

The fungal meningitis outbreak continues to widen, as a new report from the FDA warns against other drugs produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

Spread of meningitis outbreak exposes lack of drug oversight in US

By Kate Randall, October 13, 2012

The tragic unfolding of the fungal meningitis outbreak is the latest consequence of the shoddy oversight of the drug industry, encouraged by the for-profit health care system.

Deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroids

By Kate Randall, October 9, 2012

Eight people have died from a fungal form of meningitis linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

West Nile virus cases set seasonal record

By Ed Hightower, September 1, 2012

According to figures from the CDC, 1,590 cases of West Nile virus had been reported in the US as of August 28, including 66 deaths.

US West Nile virus cases double in one week

By Naomi Spencer, August 27, 2012

Over the past week, documented cases of West Nile virus have doubled across the US, with most cases in the South and Southwest.

Health advocacy group decries Obama administration’s stonewalling on food industry regulation

By Nikolai Barrickman, August 11, 2012

Recent reports have revealed the Obama administration’s hostility to regulations that cut into the profitability of the food industry. The Food Modernization and Safety Act (FMSA), a bill passed in January of 2011 by the Obama administration in response to a string of food recalls, has remained effectively a dead letter on the White House’s budgeting table.

US Supreme Court ruling opens door for states to reject Medicaid expansion

By Kate Randall, July 17, 2012

State governors are seizing on the US Supreme Court ruling on the health care overhaul as an opportunity to opt out of an expansion of Medicaid.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline fined $3 billion

By Will Morrow, July 5, 2012

Monday’s settlement is the latest in a long list of cases in which pharmaceutical giants have paid cash fines for fraudulent and criminal practices, without anyone being held accountable.