Information technologyOpioid epidemic must also be a call to arms for healthcare IT | The Hill
Dr. Thomas Sullivan, a former chair of the American Medical Association, calls for providers to make better use of information technology to fight the opioid crisis by e-prescribing and integrating prescription drug monitoring data.
PharmaceuticalsBiotech CEOs: Don't let EpiPen threaten innovation | Forbes
In an opinion piece, pharmaceutical CEOs call on a reformed drug system that addresses price transparency of drugs and easier approval of generic versions of effective treatments.
EpiPen maker dispenses outsize pay | The Wall Street Journal
The drugmaker buffeted by the furor over hefty drug price increases on its lifesaving EpiPen had the second-highest executive compensation among all U.S. drug and biotech firms over the past five years, paying its top five managers a total of nearly $300 million, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
PhysiciansDoctors test drones to speed up delivery of lab tests | National Public Radio
In the near future, clinical pathologist Geoff Baird and others say drones could transform healthcare — not only in rural areas by bringing critical supplies into hard-to-reach places, but also in crowded cities where hospitals pay hefty fees to get medical samples across town during rush hour.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceBlack health experts renew fight against menthol cigarettes | The New York Times
Menthol cigarettes account for about a third of all cigarettes sold in the U.S., and they are particularly popular among black smokers – about four out of five report smoking them, according to federal surveys. A group of African American activists and health experts made an appeal to President Barack Obama, arguing that the issue was not only one of health, but also of social justice.