One of the most painful marks of the US opioid crisis is the lack of safe, evidence-based treatment options for the people trying to escape addiction’s stubborn grip. The first article in a must-read Vox series on addiction treatment includes the story of a South Burlington…

A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Oklahoma $572 million yesterday in a landmark ruling on the corporation’s role in the state’s opioid crisis, The New York Times reports.   Judge Thad Balkman lambasted the company for “false, misleading, and dangerous marketing…

This afternoon an Oklahoma judge will deliver a landmark ruling that will determine Johnson & Johnson's responsibility for the opioid epidemic in the state—to the tune of $17.2 billion in possible damages, CNN reports.  

How could a town of 1,790 generate $92 million in lab fees in 6 months? When management company EmpowerHMS took over 18 struggling rural hospitals in 8 states, CEO Jorge A. Perez claimed to be the “savior” that would keep the lights on. But by exploiting federal regulations…

The path from an ER visit or hospital stay to a courtroom lawsuit has become so familiar to the people of rural Missouri that they call it the “follow-up appointment.” Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is like many financially troubled rural hospitals. Facing $84 million…

US sanctions on Iran are hitting hard for terminally ill patients like Parsa, a 5-year-old in Tehran with liver cancer. The country’s economy is in free fall after a landmark deal to lift sanctions in exchange for rollbacks to Iran’s nuclear program collapsed. The US claims…

Paul Shuen was one of Toronto’s most lauded ob-gyns. But when nurses started noticing mysterious white pills inside his labor patients, they got suspicious. Without patients’ consent, Shuen had been putting women in “mortal danger” by inducing them with misoprostol, which…

Mexican scientists are bristling at their new president’s walk back of campaign promises to support science and technology. The measures could force Mexican scientists to rely on foreign grants or take their research elsewhere.

76 billion.   The number is far beyond human imagination—but not for America’s drug companies, which sold 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006-2012.   A US district judge in Cleveland on Monday ordered a portion of a massive government database opened…

When health care professionals and trainees travel abroad for short-term experiences in global health, deep ethical pitfalls await—like practicing beyond one’s scope.