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Sheriffs’ Ads Slammed Drug Imports, and Big Pharma Helped Pay the Tab

Sheriffs’ Ads Slammed Drug Imports, and Big Pharma Helped Pay the Tab

Two-year campaign opposing cost-saving plans featured secret payments, a widely criticized consultant's report and celebrity drug cops.

February 12, 2020
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How Hedge Funds (Secretly) Get Their Way in Washington

How Hedge Funds (Secretly) Get Their Way in Washington

With swept-back silver hair and a prestigious résumé, James K. Glassman cuts the classic figure of a Washington wise man. He’s a former undersecretary of State, think-tank founder, and best-selling author, with a considered opinion on just about any Beltway issue. In July 2014, when a House subcommittee held a hearing on Latin American economies, its members asked Glassman to speak first. “Thank you, Mr. Chairman,” he said, and began to testify: “A stable and prosperous Latin America is critical, not just to Latin Americans themselves, but to all of us here in the United States.  … ” ...

July 19, 2019
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Pharma’s Secret to Lobbying for Higher Drug Prices?

Pharma’s Secret to Lobbying for Higher Drug Prices?

The U.S. Rural Health Network has a slogan on its website that seems obvious: “We’re fighting for rural health.” But it’s not that simple. The two-year-old nonprofit hasn’t had much impact in rural health circles, where experts say they’ve never heard of it. It’s also active in a different area: fighting proposals that would cut the cost of prescription drugs. This year, it joined scores of other groups to oppose letting Medicare negotiate prices with drugmakers.

July 8, 2019
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Pharma-Funded Charity Touted ‘Higher Profits’ for Drugmakers

Pharma-Funded Charity Touted ‘Higher Profits’ for Drugmakers

About 20 years ago, a teenaged arthritis sufferer created an online community to help patients like himself. It grew into a global charity, with a lucrative side effect: It also helped drug companies make money. The mission of the Global Healthy Living Foundation—improving the quality of life for those with chronic diseases—included motivating people to take, and keep taking, their prescription drugs. Doctors call that “compliance.’’ For the charity’s founder, no longer a teenager, it meant opportunity.

July 8, 2019
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