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Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients
(AP Photo - Eric Risberg)
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
From Associated Press
December 01, 2015 3:58 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of a breakthrough hepatitis drug put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that's become a symbol of the excessive cost of medications, Senate investigators said Tuesday.
The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by promoting a less-expensive alternative to a life-saving medicine with a list price of $750 per pill.
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it is re-imposing a hated travel permit requirement on many doctors, requiring them to get permission to leave the country in an attempt to counter a brain drain that it blames on the United States.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The World Health Organization is urging Ukraine's health ministry to declare a state of emergency due to a polio outbreak, a move meant to prompt more action from the government in Kiev.
BEIJING (AP) — For four hours every day, for 100 days, Chinese artist Wang Renzheng held up the attachment of an industrial vacuum cleaner to suck in Beijing's notoriously polluted air at various landmarks.
NEW YORK (AP) — Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments? How about walk a red carpet with Meryl Streep or visit the set of "Game of Thrones"? They are all possible: Bono is a launching an all-star campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" that can be won after donating at least $10 to his organization (RED), which raises funds to fight AIDS.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Designer babies or an end to intractable illnesses: A revolutionary technology is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code, aiming to alter DNA in ways that, among other things, could erase disease-causing genes.
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Call them the culprits of carbon. Leaders of the United States, China and India — the world's top three carbon polluters — engaged in some private diplomacy Monday on the sidelines of the international climate change conference.
NEW YORK (AP) — When the government launched what would become most influential survey to monitor the nation's public health, there were just 75 questions — and 95 percent of those asked agreed to sit for it.
PARIS (AP) — This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save. The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1997, in Kyoto, Japan.
PARIS (AP) — Facing pushback at home, President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday.