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Kentuckians need relief from Rx greed

Kentuckians need relief from Rx greed

By Charlotte Whittaker For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. In Kentucky, the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58 percent between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Kentuckians increased only by 3.6 percent. Prescription drugs don’t work if patients can’t afford them. The Senate needs

Time to take a bold stand against e-cigarette use by kids

By Janie Heath, PhD On June 17, CVS Health committed to overturning youth e-cigarette use at a whole new level: The retail and healthcare giant will dedicate $10 million for strategies to prevent e-cigarette use and to educate our children about the danger. This announcement follows a report released by the U.S. Food and Drug

Clinician recommendation important for HPV vaccination

By Elizabeth Holtsclaw Even though the calendar says it’s the middle of summer, parents of school-aged children know it’s already back-to-school season. For clinicians, that means parents are scheduling kids for annual check-ups and sports physicals. Which is the perfect opportunity for cancer prevention. That’s why the American Cancer Society, working with healthcare and community

A physician’s guide to employment contracts

By Christopher Shaughnessy As hospitals and health systems continue moves toward clinical integration, more physicians are being employed by hospitals and health systems rather than practicing medicine in their own private practices. The trend toward direct hospital employment of physicians accelerated after 2012 and it appears that the trend will continue as both hospitals and physicians navigate

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