10.5% of medical products in low- and middle-income countries are counterfeit, according to new WHO research that just scratches the surface of the problem. Since 2013, the WHO has collected 1,500 reports of fraudulent products with 42% coming from sub-Saharan Africa.…

India should overturn its August decision to grant Pfizer a patent on its pneumonia vaccine Prevnar13 (PCV13), Médecins Sans Frontières is arguing in a Delhi court today.

The US FDA approved a sensor-embedded digital pill, capable of reporting back to doctors when patients take their medicine. Patients who don't comply with their prescriptions end up getting sicker and costing the system an estimated $100 billion annually, a problem the…

Marian Wentworth’s journey to leading Management Sciences for Health, the global health NGO that works in 36 countries, didn’t have a typical beginning.

The White House has called the opioid crisis a public health emergency, stopping short of declaring a national emergency.  

“Has a world with fentanyl produced a new understanding of ‘imminent risk’?” ask researchers Michael Stein and Paul Christopher, calling into question the judiciary practice of non-criminal “civil commitment”—court-ordered short-term, in-patient hospitalization—in dealing…

An Indiana county has halted a needle exchange program doling out clean syringes to drug users. Flouting evidence of their efficacy, commissioners voted against the program on moral grounds, citing the Bible.   Critics argue needle exchanges enable drug users. In 1998,…

In April 2016, the opioid epidemic had already killed over 200,000 people when Congress passed a bill that significantly restricted DEA oversight to shut down shady prescription drug distribution practices.  

For want of a few cents’ worth of morphine, almost 26 million people die in pain around the world, according to a new Lancet Commission report.

Ads can help people change behavior, but the CDC’s new anti-opioid campaign (tagline: "It only takes a little to lose a lot") misses the mark, skeptical public health experts charge.   “Everyone pointed to the same fatal flaw: The ads tell viewers that prescription opioids…