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Facebook Bans Tobacco Ads, But The Tobacco Industry Finds Other Ways To Market To Teens On The Platform

As Facebook comes under fire for its advertising and data-sharing practices, researchers have discovered that e-cigarettes and other tobacco products are being hawked on the platform to teens. (buzzfeed, USA, 05.04.2018)


USA. Trump Opioid Plan Writes in Favoritism to Single Company’s Addiction Medication

The White House’s national strategy to combat the opioid crisis, unveiled last week, would expand a particular kind of addiction treatment in federal criminal justice settings: a single drug, manufactured by a single company, with mixed views on the evidence regarding its use.

Federal prisons should “facilitate naltrexone treatment and access to treatment” to inmates as they transition out of incarceration, according to a fact sheet circulated by the administration. A White House spokesman later confirmed to STAT that the document referred specifically to naltrexone in its injectable form.

Only one manufacturer makes a drug fitting that description: Alkermes, a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company that makes Vivitrol, a monthly injectable drug that blocks the effects of opioids and reduces cravings. (ATForum, USA, 06.04.2018)


USA. CNN Exclusive: The more opioids doctors prescribe, the more money they make

As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes. (CNN, 12.03.2018)


The health, poverty, and financial consequences of a cigarette price increase among 500 million male smokers in 13 middle income countries: compartmental model study

Global Tobacco Economics Consortium

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USA. Opioid Protest at Met Museum Targets Donors Connected to OxyContin

Anti-opioid activists unfurled banners and scattered pill bottles on Saturday inside the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which is named for a family connected to the powerful painkilling drug OxyContin.

The protest, which was organized by a group started by the celebrated photographer Nan Goldin, started just after 4 p.m., when several dozen people converged at the Temple of Dendur inside the wing. (New York Times, 10.03.2018)


Kombination heilt Hepatitis C für weniger als 300 US-Dollar

Paris – Eine erfolgreiche Behandlung der Hepatitis C muss kein Vermögen kosten. Die Kombination aus Ravidasvir und Sofosbuvir erzielte nach den jetzt auf der International Liver Conference in Paris vorgestellten Studienergebnissen in Malaysia und Thailand eine Heilungsrate von 97 %. Die 12-wöchige Therapie kostete etwa 300 US-Dollar. Das ist weniger als die hiesigen Krankenkassen für eine einzige Tablette ausgeben müssten. (aerzteblatt.de, 13.04.2018)


USA. Opioid Maker Funds Efforts to Fight Addiction: Is It ‘Blood Money’ or Charity?

Purdue Pharma, whose signature product helped fuel the opioid epidemic, now wants to help treat it—or at least salvage its own reputation. (Kaiser Health News, 12.03.2018)


USA. Trump Backs State-Level Marijuana Regulation, Lifting Pot Stocks

President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate marijuana, in a major boost for the legal pot industry. (bloomberg.com, 13.04.2018)


Big Tobacco is funding the anti-smoking lobby – but leaked documents reveal the real reason why

(The Coversation, 13.03.2018)


USA. Pre$cription for Power: Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback?

KHN launches “Pre$cription for Power,” a groundbreaking database to expose Big Pharma’s ties to patient groups. (KHN – Kaiser’s Health News, 06.04.2018)


Global. How children are hit with tobacco advertising – video explainer

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recruit the young to maintain its vast profits. (The Guardian, UK, 09.03.2018, Video, 02:36)


Global Fund Suspends Partnership with Heineken

The Global Fund has suspended its partnership with the beer company Heineken. “It is based on recent reports of the company’s use of female beer promoters in ways that expose them to sexual exploitation and health risks”, explains the Fund in a brief press statement. (ADD/FORUT, Norwegen, 04. 04 2018)


USA. How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic

And what it can teach us about the second. (Smithsonian magazine, USA, 03.04.2018)


USA. For Executives, Addiction Recovery in the Lap of Luxury

 (...) As the opioid crisis tightens its grip on the nation, an industry has sprung up to offer treatment centers for executives like Mr. Laird who seek care in a discreet environment that allows them to continue working. Some programs even focus on specific professions.

After treatment, a cottage industry of sober-living houses and coaches is available to keep executives on track. None of this is cheap — nor particularly accessible for those without the financial resources — but it aims to be the best care money can buy. (NYT, 23.02.2018)


Australien. Tasmania poppy growers hit by opiate crackdown (Video)

Australian farmers produce nearly half of the world's supply of opiates and new painkiller regulation in the US is hurting their business. (Financial Times, 22.03.2018, Video, 01:50)


Linke kritisiert Bundesregierung wegen Arzneimittelpreisen

Berlin – Die Kosten besonders für neue Arzneimittel sind nach Angaben der Bundes­regierung in den vergangenen zehn Jahren stark angestiegen. Die Arzneimittelausgaben der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung (GKV) legten von 2007 bis 2016 um 33,7 Prozent zu, wie eine Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Anfrage der Linksfraktion im Bundestag zeigt. (aerzteblatt.de, 27.02.2018)


Cannabis-Importe nach Deutschland legen deutlich zu - Der Bedarf an medizinischem Cannabis in Deutschland wächst. Die zugelassenen Händler wollen darum mehrere Tonnen Marihuana importieren.

FrankfurtSeitdem vor rund einem Jahr Cannabis zum medizinischen Einsatz gesetzlich erlaubt wurde, sind die beantragten Importmengen deutlich gestiegen. Allein von September 2017 bis März 2018 wurden in Deutschland Importanträge für eine Menge von mehr als 13.000 Kilogramm Cannabis genehmigt. Das zeigt die Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine kleine Anfrage der Fraktion Die Linke, die dem Handelsblatt exklusiv vorab vorliegt. (Handelsblatt, 16.03.2018)


USA. The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family? (Esquire, USA, 16.10.2017)


Schmerzmittel-Epidemie. Pharmaindustrie will nichts von Opioid-Krise wissen

Deutsche Pharma-Firmen wehren sich gegen den Vorwurf von Schleichwerbung für starke Schmerzmittel. Eine Suchtwelle sei hierzulande unwahrscheinlich. In den USA kämpft derweil ein Milliardärs-Clan mit Millionenklagen. (Die Welt, 16.03.2018)


Nan Goldin, Pain/Sackler, Royal College of Art, London, 2017

I SURVIVED THE OPIOID CRISIS. I narrowly escaped. I went from the darkness and ran full speed into The World. I was isolated, but I realized I wasn’t alone. When I got out of treatment I became absorbed in reports of addicts dropping dead from my drug, OxyContin.

I learned that the Sackler family, whose name I knew from museums and galleries, were responsible for the epidemic. This family formulated, marketed, and distributed OxyContin. I decided to make the private public by calling them to task. My first action is to publish personal photographs from my own history. (artforum, Januar 2018)


Schmerzmittel-Verbrauch „In Deutschland droht eine Opioid-Epidemie wie in den USA“

In Deutschland werden immer mehr starke Schmerzmittel verschrieben. Der Pro-Kopf-Verbrauch hierzulande ist inzwischen beinahe so hoch wie in den USA. Jetzt schlägt ein Mediziner Alarm und warnt vor einer Suchtwelle. (Die Welt, 15.03.2018)