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COVID-19: What Went Wrong?

Many things have happened since the discovery of the SARS-Cov-2 and the appearance of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China. As of 24:00 on Feb 20, there are 75,465 identified cases of COVID-19 nationally, 62,662 of which are in Hubei province. Wuhan with more than 9 million residents is completely shut down. Panic and…

A Call for Correctional Healthcare Reform

Incarcerated people are the only people who are constitutionally guaranteed primary healthcare (1). It was determined that a failure to provide proper medical care to inmates violates the eight amendment. Yet, incarcerated and non-incarcerated population have among the most stark health disparities.  According to a 2017 Bureau of Justice statistics, more than half of state…

WHO Declares First World Patient Safety Day

Geneva’s “Le Jet d’Eau,” the city’s historic fountain, illuminated with a dazzling orange, casting a bright light against the dark Genevan skyline. The 140-meter water display was not just for show; it was in solidarity with the hundreds of millions of patients who have experienced unsafe hospital care, and to commemorate the World Health Organization’s…

The Big Pharma monster–and how we tame it

If you’ve been even mildly paying attention to the news over the past several years, you will undoubtedly have heard one phrase chanted over and over by policymakers, activists and lobbyists alike: “Big Pharma”. As Americans’ approval of the pharmaceutical industry sinks lower than their approval of even the federal government itself, we should be…

Antidotes at Poisonous Prices

More than half of all Americans take some form of a prescription drug, not to mention various over the counter drugs, vitamins, and other supplements [2]. In fact, the United States is one of the most heavily medicated countries in the world, but also pays far more to stock its medicine cabinet than most other…

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