More than ever, Democratic presidential hopefuls want to take on pharma. Here’s how they’d do it

first_imgPolitics Log In | Learn More GET STARTED Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. @levfacher What is it? Democratic presidential candidates at a debate in June in Miami. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img Tags campaignsdrug pricingpolicyWhite House By Lev Facher Nov. 11, 2019 Reprints [email protected] Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. What’s included? The post below is adapted from a STAT Report, “Democrats and drug pricing,” a deeply reported examination of how the 2020 presidential candidates could reshape the pharmaceutical industry. You can access the full version here. President Trump has made drug pricing a key policy tenet of his three-year tenure in the White House. And as his drug pricing policy has grown more aggressive in the past year, his Democratic challengers in the 2020 election have responded in kind. Lev Facher More than ever, Democratic presidential hopefuls want to take on pharma. Here’s how they’d do it last_img read more

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Smokers Burning Up To $250,000 Per Year

first_imgRelatedNCDs, Universal Access and Mental Health Must Be on the Agenda RelatedGovernment Provides Special Treatment for Seniors Through JADEP FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some smokers are spending up to a quarter of a million dollars per year on cigarettes, without realising just how much of their income goes toward supporting their addiction.This alarming statistic was disclosed by Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank held on Tuesday, May 28, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Mrs. Chen noted that individuals, who smoke a pack of cigarettes per day, spend on average of $250,000 a year to support the habit.She said smoking negatively affects human development as the financial resources that could be used to fund a person’s growth and development are often channelled towards the habit.[RELATED: World No Tobacco Day to Focus on Banning Tobacco Advertising]“If someone spends their entire salary on smoking cigarettes, the children are not getting the school books, the school shoes. He or she also gets sick, has to go to the hospital and you know there are costs attendant to that because of the lung problems,” the Executive Director said.“I don’t think if I gave anyone a bag with $250,000 they would go outside and burn it but that is exactly what is happening with cigarette addiction and in addition, it is causing harm,” Mrs. Chen continued.Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Knox Hagley, also weighed in on the matter and highlighted that smoking tobacco is not only costly to maintain, but also has detrimental effects on the health and wellness of the human body and the environment.“Smoking is the second leading cause of death worldwide. One out of every two chronic smokers will eventually breathe their last breath as a result of a smoking-related disease, and quite often, this happens several years before the life expectancy rate,” he emphasised.Dr. Hagley said that smoking also causes cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, poor blood circulation to the kidney and legs, which results in chronic kidney disease and gangrene. “It also causes poor circulation in males and might also result in erectile dysfunction,” he informed.Friday, May 31, is being observed as World No Tobacco Day under the theme: “Ban Tobacco Promotion, Advertising and Sponsorship: Save our Youth.” The annual observance is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO).No smoking advocates and health authorities across the world will be focussing on public education strategies aimed at banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship as well as messages aimed at discouraging smoking, particularly among the youth.Contact: Sanasha Pearson/Toni-Ann Rankine Advertisementscenter_img RelatedWorld No Tobacco Day to Focus on Banning Tobacco Advertising Smokers Burning Up To $250,000 Per Year Health & WellnessMay 30, 2013Written by: Toni-Ann Rankinelast_img read more

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