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America’s Chronic Drug Shortage Problem

How one hospital is scrambling to deal with a shortage of a critical drug, and the changes needed to fix chronic supply chain issues.

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‘America’s Chronic Drug Shortage Problem’ Transcript

How one hospital is scrambling to deal with a shortage of a critical drug, and what changes are needed to fix chronic problems with the U.S. medical supply chain.

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Digging Into the Growth in 340B Contract Pharmacies

Paula Chatterjee shares new research on the whether a popular discount drug program is reaching the patients it was designed to support.

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Answering the Call, Part 2: Struggling to Staff the Nation’s New Crisis Line

In Part 2 of our 988 series, the scramble to staff the new mental health crisis line and the lessons 988 can learn from 911.

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Fixing the Obamacare ‘Glitch’ That Pushed One Couple to Divorce

The Biden administration is trying to close a gap in the Affordable Care Act that blocks 5 million people from getting affordable health care.

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The Sky-High Price of Insulin and What Lawmakers Are Trying To Do About It

We explore the high cost of insulin in the U.S. and Congress’ latest push to address those prices with Kaiser Health News reporter Bram Sable-Smith.

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How One Alzheimer’s Drug Is Changing the U.S. Drug Approval Conversation

Taking stock of the impact of the Aduhelm saga and Medicare’s decision to restrict coverage of the controversial treatment.

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Are Vets Less Likely to Die at VA Hospitals?

Amal Trivedi shares research looking at what happens to veterans who get emergency care at VA vs. non-VA hospitals.

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Health Care’s Climate Change Contradiction

We explore health care’s role in the climate crisis and what policies are needed to shrink its carbon footprint.

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What Happened When COVID Eased Methadone Restrictions?

Leslie Suen writes about new research suggesting loosened methadone regulations have not led to more overdoses or drug sales as many have long feared.

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